HND in Business

Awarding Body: Pearson

RQF Level: 5

Location : London Churchill College

Fees: £6000/Year


2 years (Full Time)

Academic Year:
To Be Confirmed

Term Dates:
To Be Confirmed

The purpose of the BTEC Higher National 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 qualification’s aim is to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake it. The BTEC Higher National qualification in Business is aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. The Higher National provides a wide-ranging study of the business sector and is 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 objectives of the BTEC Higher National in Business are as follows:

  • To equip students with business skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global business environment.
  • To provide education and training for a range of careers in business, including management, administration, human resources, marketing, entrepreneurship, accounting and finance.
  • To provide insight and understanding into international business operations and the opportunities and challenges presented by a globalised marketplace.
  • To equip students with knowledge and understanding of culturally diverse organisations, cross-cultural issues, diversity and values.
  • To provide opportunities for students to enter or progress in employment in business, or progress to higher education qualifications such as an Honours degree in business or a related area.
  • To provide opportunities for students to develop the skills, techniques and personal attributes essential for successful working lives.
  • To provide opportunities for those students with a global outlook to aspire to international career pathways.
  • To provide opportunities for students to achieve a nationally-recognised professional qualification.
  • To offer students the chance of career progression in their chosen field.
  • To allow flexibility of study and to meet local or specialist needs.
  • To offer a balance between employability skills and the knowledge essential for students with entrepreneurial, employment or academic aspirations.

Your Future

London Churchill College (LCC) facilitates an excellent student experience in bringing practice into the curriculum and helping students to reflect on their work experience and their professional and personal development. The Work Experience Policy sets out arrangements for and integration of work experience and voluntary work-based learning into our courses and identifies responsibilities for the College, students and employers.

Professional Recognition

Pearson’s qualifications are nationally and internationally recognised by employers and professional organisations. The recognition of the Higher National Diploma (HND) is a way for students to prepare for jobs and careers in their chosen field through membership of relevant professional bodies. Pearson students and graduates may be offered exemptions by professional bodies from parts of their own qualifications in relation to membership.

Entry requirements

  • Generally a minimum of one A level (in an appropriate subject) or
  • 5 GCSEs or a BTEC National Award or GNVQ Advanced Qualification at pass level or equivalent, or
  • Any equivalent overseas qualification, or
  • Applications from mature students with relevant experience are welcome.

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 (Reading and Writing must be at 5.5) through a certificate from an approved awarding body (e.g. City and Guilds, Edexcel, Cambridge ESOL, TOEFL, Trinity, PTE) or complete an English assessment set by London Churchill College. 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.

Additional support will be provided on specific days organised by LCC to those students who have already gained admission by satisfying the requirement and still want to improve their English.

Admission Interview:

All shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview as part of the College’s selection process. The complete admission process at London Churchill College can be found in the following link


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, group tutorials and one to one sessions. Group Tutorials enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups; you will also have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor for one to one sessions.

You will have access to College library and ICT lab facilities throughout your course.

During the course, you will have between 10 to 13 contact hours per week, consisting of:

  • 6-9 hours of lectures
  • 3 hours of Group Tutorial
  • 1 hour of one-to-one sessions.


The aims of the learning are to-

  • Enable students to move from directed towards greater self-directed and autonomous learning, specifically encouraging a positive attitude towards independent learning.
  • Articulate measured approaches to the delivery of learning which enables every student to develop, as independent learners, studying their chosen subject(s) in depth and enhancing their employability, as well as nurturing the growth of analytical, critical and creative thinking skills.
  • Ensure the provision of inclusive learning through promoting equality, diversity and equal opportunity.
  • Ensure lecturers, internal verifiers and anyone involved in teaching or supporting student learning are appropriately qualified, supported and developed.

Overall workload

Each 15-credit unit approximates to a TQT (Total Qualification Time) of 150 hours and 60 hours of Guided Learning and 90 hours of independent learning.

Academic support

The College is discharging its responsibilities for setting and maintaining academic standards, assuring and enhancing the quality of learning opportunities for students and ensuring all academic provision including programmes, modules and units and underpinning resources (technical and physical) are up to date and fit for the purpose. Personal tutors comply with the College’s commitment to supporting greater opportunities for access to education for students who might otherwise not realise their full potential.

Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:

  • Study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills (in conjunction with the library)
  • Critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Our Student Support and Reasonable Adjustment Policy help students with additional needs.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience and technical officers.



The course is assessed at the end of each term through coursework which includes assignments, presentations and other means of assessment. Students may need to submit a portfolio for certain units if necessary according to the assessment criteria. Each unit is internally assessed and graded by qualified Tutors / Assessors and Internal Verifiers. Assessments are also moderated on a sample basis by a Pearson External Examiner. Grades awarded are Pass, Merit and Distinction.

The College has a Policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning, the aim of which is to assess whether learners can demonstrate that they can meet the assessment requirements for a unit through knowledge, understanding or skills they already possess and so do not need to develop through a discrete course of learning.


You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments. Feedback from markers should be provided within 4 weeks from the submission deadline and the feedback must be clear, legible and constructive. It must also be linked to the learning outcomes and the assessment. Pearson would expect that an HND student would have achieved at least 90 credits at Level 4 before progressing to Level 5 units. This allows for the students to submit the remaining 30 credits at Level 4 while undertaking their Level 5 study.


Qualification frameworks such as Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are designated Higher Education qualifications in the UK. They are aligned to the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Subject Sector Benchmarks. These qualifications have been regulated to the Ofqual Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

To achieve HND in Business students are required to complete 15 units, totalling 240 credits of which 120 credits are at Level 4, and 120 credits are at Level 5. Research Project in Year 2 runs over two terms.

Student Progression to Year 2:

  • Student should PASS/Achieve minimum 90 credits to be allowed to start the second year.
    1. Each unit in year 1 carries 15 credits, hence student should PASS a minimum 6 units
  • Students who are unsuccessful in achieving 90 credits (Pass minimum 6 units), should stay in year 1 to complete minimum requirements.

Any student who does not meet progression requirements may not be allowed, at the discretion of the College, to continue and the termination process will be invoked.

Guidance on Re-submission and Repeat:

  • A Student will only have one Re-submission opportunity for a Referred unit. A Re-submission
    typically involves a reworking of the original task.
  • At the discretion of the Assessment and Progression Board, a student who has not passed the
    Re-Submission may have the opportunity to Repeat an assignment. This will not be based on the
    original task.
  • Students may not be allowed to transfer; this is at the discretion of the College.
  • Re-submission and Repeat should be capped to PASS.
Structure of HND in Business at LCC
SL noUnit NoUnit nameLevelUnit creditTerm, Year
11Business and the Business Environment (core)415Term 1, Year 1
22Marketing Essentials (core)415
34Management and Operations (core)415
43Human Resource Management (core)415Term 2, Year 1
55Management Accounting (core)415
67Business Law (optional L4)415
710Financial Accounting (optional L4)415Term 3, Year 1
86Managing a Successful Business Project (core)415
912Organisational Behaviour (core)515Term 1, Year 2
1036Human Resources-Value and Contribution to Organisational Success (Optional unit L5)515
1139Sales Management (specialist unit L5)515
1232Business Strategy (specialist unit L5)515Term 2, Year 2
1311Research Project (core)*530
1442Planning for Growth (Optional unit L5)515
1511Research Project (core)*530Term 3, Year 2
1631Statistics for Management (Optional unit L5)515