South Thames College

Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma Business (Management) (Conversion HNC to HND) RQF - Level 5

The HND is equivalent to the first two years of a standard three-year university degree. You’ll study for two years with us and then you can progress to a one-year university top-up programme to earn a full degree. If you already have a relevant HNC, you can study just the one year with us.


Prepare for a career in business management, remember too that business studies will help you develop a range of transferable skills that will improve your employability in many different industries. This course covers a variety of business subjects so you'll get a good grounding in practical business knowledge following on from the HNC. By the end of the course, you'll understand how to respond to market forces and what makes businesses successful. You'll also learn the fundamentals of marketing, finance and e-commerce, as well as legal issues within business, all of which will serve you well as either a business employee or an entrepreneur.

You'll study eight units, including these mandatory units:

  • Business decision making
  • Business strategy
  • Research project
  • Contract and negligence.

The name of the course, as it appears on your qualification or certificate, will be L5 - BTEC HND Diploma in Business (QCF) - Yr 1 of 1 (EDEXCEL)


Assessment will be by vocationally oriented practical assignments, carried out alone or in small groups.

Entry Requirements

If you don't already have a relevant HNC, you'll take the two-year course and start at HNC level. For the two-year course, you'll need a related Level 3 qualification, like an Access to Higher Education Certificate; OR at least one A-level in a relevant subject at grade A*-C/9-4; OR more than one A-level at grades A*-E.

You should have GCSE maths and English grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent.

If you're an older learner we can take into account your paid and unpaid experience, professional qualifications and life experience.

For international students, you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each section) or equivalent. Find out more in the international pages.


There may be materials you need to help with your studies. You'll either make a one-off payment for these when you enrol, or you'll buy them during the course. Your tutor will talk to you about this at interview or in your first class (if you don't need an interview).

Depending on your course and circumstances, you may be able to get funding to help with materials fees. Please check with us when you come in for interview or enrolment.

Next Steps

You can progress to the final year of a degree programme or start your career straight away.

Important information

All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.

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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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