Weekly outline

  • Aim and Objective of HNC in Business

    The Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience through the selection of optional units across a range of occupational sectors at Level 4. This effectively builds underpinning core skills while preparing the student for subject specialisation at Level 5. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios.

    At Level 4 students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the business sector through six core units, which include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The units are:

    • ●  Business and the Business Environment

    • ●  Marketing Essentials

    • ●  Human Resource Management

    • ●  Management and Operations

    • ●  Management Accounting

    • ●  Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set unit).
      The centre can also choose two further optional units at Level 4 from the following:

    • ●  Business Law

    • ●  Innovation and Commercialisation

    • ●  Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

    • ●  Financial Accounting.

      Graduates successfully completing the Higher National Certificate will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of business. They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately and they will have the qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility. They will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies. They will be adaptable and flexible in their approach to business, show resilience under pressure, and meet challenging targets within a given resource.

    • Introduction to HNC Busines

      introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience through the selection of optional units across a range of occupational sectors at Level 4. This effectively builds underpinning core skills while preparing the student for subject specialisation at Level 5. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios.

      At Level 4 students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the business sector through six core units, which include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The units are:

      • ●  Business and the Business Environment

      • ●  Marketing Essentials

      • ●  Human Resource Management

      • ●  Management and Operations

      • ●  Management Accounting

      • ●  Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set unit).
        The centre can also choose two further optional units at Level 4 from the following:

      • ●  Business Law

      • ●  Innovation and Commercialisation

      • ●  Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

      • ●  Financial Accounting.

        Graduates successfully completing the Higher National Certificate will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of business. They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately and they will have the qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility. They will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies. They will be adaptable and flexible in their approach to business, show resilience under pressure, and meet challenging targets within a given resource.

    • Progression after HNC course

      The Level 4 Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in business, which students can build on should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage. The Level 5 Higher National Diploma allows students to specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study.

      On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, students can develop their careers in the business sector through:

      • ●  Entering employment

      • ●  Continuing existing employment

      • ●  Linking with the appropriate Professional Body

      • ●  Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

      • ●  Progressing to university.

    • Entry requirements and admissions

      Although Pearson do not specify formal entry requirements, as a centre it is your responsibility to ensure that the students you recruit have a reasonable expectation of success on the programme.

      For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

      • ●  A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Business

      • ●  A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent)

      • ●  Other related Level 3 qualifications

      • ●  An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution

      • ●  Related work experience

      • ●  An international equivalent of the above.

        Centres may wish to consider applicants’ prior learning when considering their acceptance on a BTEC Higher Nationals, through Recognition of Prior Learning.

      1. English language requirements

        Pearson's mission is to help people make more of their lives through learning. In order for students to be successful on Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications which are both taught and assessed in English, it is critical that they have an appropriate level of English language skills.

    • Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business

      Unit credit

      Level

      Core Unit

      Mandatory

      1 Business and the Business Environment

      15

      4

      Core Unit

      Mandatory

      2 Marketing Essentials

      15

      4

      Core Unit

      Mandatory

      3 Human Resource Management

      15

      4

      Core Unit

      Mandatory

      4 Management and Operations

      15

      4

      Core Unit

      Mandatory

      5 Management Accounting

      15

      4

      Core Unit

      Mandatory

      6 Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set)

      15

      4

      Optional Unit

      7 Business Law

      15

      4

      Optional Unit

      8 Innovation and Commercialisation

      15

      4