South Thames College

Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate Business - Level 4

The Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business offers students a broad introduction to business subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for acquisition of skills and experience through the selection of optional units across a range of occupational sectors at level 4. This is effectively builds underpinning core skills while preparing students 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. Students will develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the business sector throughout the programme.

  • Introductory Course Information

    Award: Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate Business

    Awarding body: Pearson

    UCAS Code: N100

    Location of study: South Thames College 

    Course duration: 1 Year Full time

    Academic year: 17th  September 2019 until 12th July 2020 

    Days of the week: You will be expected to attend for 3 days a week, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

    Part time study: N/A

    Work placements: 

    There is no accredited work placement

    Many of our students come from a range of companies with whom the College has well-established links. Suitable for both apprentices and general students, this course provides development to Level 4, which many companies require for their apprenticeship schemes and general staff training. Please note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from work and the College, and for any accommodation costs.

    Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

    Course leader:
    Beatrice Ntim
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  • Module Information

    Students will study the following Level 4 units/modules: -

    • Unit 1 Business and the Business Environment (Core, 15 credits): The aim of this unit is to provide students with background knowledge and understanding of business, the functions of an organisation and the wider business environments in which organisations operate.


    • Unit 2 Marketing Essentials (Core, 15 credits): This unit is designed to introduce students to the principles of marketing, enabling them to develop a basic marketing plan and to employ elements of the marketing mix to achieve results. While they will learn the underpinning theories and frameworks, they will also be able to relate these to real-world examples, including products/services that they encounter in their own daily lives.


    • Unit 3 Human Resource Management (Core, 15 credits) The aim of this unit is to enable students to appreciate and apply principles of effective Human Resource Management (HRM). People are the lifeblood of any organisation and being able to attract, recruit and retain talented staff is at the core of all HRM activity.


    • Unit 4 Management and Operations (Core, 15 credits): The aim of this unit is to help students understand the difference between the function of a manager and the role of a leader. Students will consider the characteristics, behaviours and traits which support effective management and leadership.


    • Unit 5   Management Accounting (Core, 15 credits): The overall aim of this unit is to introduce the fundamentals of management accounting which apply to the wider business environment and the organisations which operate within that environment.


    • Unit 6   Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set) This unit is assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The theme and chosen project within the theme will enable students to explore and examine a relevant and current topical aspect of business in the context of the business environment. The aim of this unit is to offer students an opportunity to demonstrate the skills required for managing and implementing a project.

    Optional modules: Describe how these are chosen

    • Unit 9 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (15 credits): This unit provides students with an understanding of the definition and scope of entrepreneurship and an understanding of the enablers and barriers to business start-up.
    • Unit 10 Financial Accounting (15 credits): Balancing the books is at the heart of all business management. The overall aim of this unit is to introduce students to essential financial accounting principles and techniques which will enable them to record and prepare basic final accounts.

  • Teaching and Learning


    You are taught through a combination of lectures and practicals. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will use industry-standard equipment and have access to labs and library facilities throughout your course.

    Independent learning

    When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the Undergraduate Centre, and our computer laboratories.

    Overall workload

    Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning, and assessment activity, while your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

    Academic support

    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 Services help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

    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, demonstrators and technical officers.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 64 UCAS points from at least two relevant A levels, or equivalent such as BTEC level 3 diplomas, Scottish Highers, the Irish Leaving Certificate or the Welsh Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate

An Access to Higher Education Diploma Level 3 qualification or other related level 3 qualifications

Mature students with relevant experience may also be considered.

Maths and English GCSEs at grade at A* to C or 9 to 4 or equivalent are also required


The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark;

All assessment are spread across the year to make the workload manageable. The course work will be based on e.g. practical write ups.

Course Costs and Financial Support

The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • Annual printing allowance
  • BTEC registration fee (if applicable)

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

  • Additional printing over and above the annual allowance
  • The cost of books and equipment that you might wish to purchase

Careers and Progression

  • You can progress to the HND (Higher National Diploma Business) (within the College/Group)
  • Information on the kinds of job roles students can apply to on completion of the course.

Apply for this course

Where and when
1 Year
Study mode:?
Full Time
What do I need to pay?
16-18 year olds:
£ 4,950
19 and older: ?
£ 4,950
Materials fees: ?

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