Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business (Business Management) (RQF)

Course Name
Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business (Business Management) (RQF)

Awarding Body: Pearson
Duration: 24 Months

RQF Level: 5
Credit Value: 240 Credits Minimum
Fees: Student Finance is available. Self-funded and sponsored students are also welcome – Check Fees List
Intakes: October, January & May

The purpose of BTEC Higher Nationals in Business is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the business sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them. The BTEC Higher National qualifications in Business are aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the business sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in business. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the business sector, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Business give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training.

The full programme consists of the following Units which will be studied full time throughout the two years.


HNC in Business Level – 4 (RQF) – 120 Credits
1 – Business & the Business Environment – Core
2 – marketing Process & Planning – Core
3 – Human Resource Management – Core
4 – Leadership & Management – Core
5 – Accounting Principles – Core
6 – Managing a Successful Project – Pearson Set – Core
7 – Business Law – Optional
15 – Operations Management – Optional


HND in Business Level – 5 (RQF) – 120 Credits
19 – Research Project – Pearson Set – Core
20 – Organisational Behaviour – Core
22 – Management Accounting – Optional
25 – Global Business Environment – Optional
43 – Business Strategy – Optional
49 – Sales Management – Optional
29 – Managing and Running a Small Business – Optional

Entry Requirements for HND Courses

  • Must be 18 years and above
  • One GCE A level pass in a relevant subject and 3 passes at GCSE level
  • Or
  • A Level 3 qualification
  • Or
  • 3 GCSE passes with a minimum 3 years’ work experience in a business or hospitality field
  • And
  • English Language – at B2 or IELTS level 5.5

Mature applicants – a minimum of 3 years work experience at supervisory level and meet the English language requirement.
English Language Requirement:

Applicants who wish to apply for the course must provide evidence of a proficiency in English Language to a minimum of level CEFR B2 /IELTS 5.5 through a certificate from an ofqual approved awarding body. College may also ask students to sit for college numeracy and/or literacy exams. Evidence of proficiency in English is not required if the applicant has studied the last two years (example GCE or GCSE) or equivalent qualification in the English medium.

Our students who successfully complete the HND course can also progress on to BA (Hons) top up in Business Administration in a number of UK universities. Others have gone on to careers in sectors such as sales, IT, recruitment, Hospitality, Teaching and financial services.
Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Business are assessed using a combination of:

  • centre-developed internal assignments that are set and assessed by centres, and
  • Pearson-set assignments, which are set by centres in line with our guidelines and graded by centres

Pearson-set units are mandatory and target particular industry-specific skills. The number and value of these units are dependent on qualification size

For the HNC, centres will assess one compulsory Pearson-set unit targeted at particular skills. This is a Level 4 core unit carrying 15 credits.

  • For the HND, centres will assess two compulsory Pearson-set units targeted at particular skills:

* one level 4 core unit carrying 15 credits,

* one level 5 core unit carrying 15 credits.

All other units are assessed through internal assignments set by the centre.
Assessment through assignments
For internally assessed units, assessment takes the form of an assignment carried out after the unit (or part of the unit if several assignments are used) has been delivered.
Students should receive each assignment as an assignment brief with a hand-out date, a completion date and clear requirements for the evidence they must provide. Assignments can be divided into separate parts and may require several forms of evidence. A valid assignment will enable a clear and formal assessment grade based on the assessment criteria.
To achieve a Pass, a student must have satisfied all the Pass criteria for the learning outcomes, showing coverage of the unit content and therefore, attainment at Level 4 or 5 of the national framework.
To achieve a Merit, a student must have satisfied all the Merit criteria (and therefore the Pass criteria) through high performance in each learning outcome.
To achieve a Distinction, a student must have satisfied all the Distinction criteria (and therefore the Pass and Merit criteria), and these define outstanding performance across the unit as a whole. Student achievement in assessment in all units is graded as ‘Pass’ ‘Merit’ or ‘Distinction’. The assessments are based on assignments, presentations, case studies, and role-plays. The students’ work is marked internally by the College. An External Verifier checks procedures and results
Programme Delivery
Centres are free to offer the qualifications using any mode of delivery (for example full time, part time, evening only, intensive, distance or blended learning) that meet their learners’ needs.
More information about course is available on Course Specification
Awarding Body Registration Fee:
The Pearson fee for HND registration is paid by the College at the time of student enrolment.
Financial Support:
UK and EU students who wish to study on the DET, HND/HNC in Business programmes may be entitled to student loans from Student Loans Company (SLC).
These loans are available to help with living costs such as accommodation, food, books and travel whilst studying (Maintenance Loan) and cover the costs of tuition fees (Tuition Fee Loan).
To find out about the eligibility criteria and what amount of tuition fee and maintenance loans you may be entitled to for the Student Finance in England go to:
All students in receipt of Tuition fee loans and maintenance loans will need to pay back after their studies.
How to Apply
Please download the application form or apply online at Complete and return it to Stratford College with relevant qualification documents, one suitable reference, a copy of your passport and attached scanned document copies online or via email