South Thames College

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

BTEC Higher Nationals in Business is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of potential employers in the business sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. Higher National Diploma in Business offers students seven specialist pathways designed to support progression into relevant occupational areas or on to degree-level study.

  • Introductory Course Information

    Award: Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma Business (Business Management)

    Awarding body: Pearson Education

    UCAS Code: N101

    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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    0208-918-7412

  • Module Information

    Students will study the following Level 5 units/modules: -

    11 Research Project (Pearson-set) (Core, 30 credits) this unit is assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. Students will choose their own project based on a theme provided by Pearson (this will change annually).  The aim of this unit is to offer students the opportunity to engage in sustained research in a specific field of study. The unit enables students to demonstrate the capacity and ability to identify a research theme, to develop research aims, objectives and outcomes, and to present the outcomes of such research in both written and verbal format.

    12 Organisational Behaviour (Core, 15 credits): The aim of this unit is to develop a student’s understanding of the influence culture; politics and power have on the behaviour of others in an organisational context. Students will be in a position to apply the principles of organisational behaviour to a variety of business situations.

    16 Operations and Project Management (Specialist 15 Credits): The aim of this unit is to develop students’ understanding of contemporary operations theory as a function of a modern organisation. Student explore key benchmarks and processes which will enable effective critique if an operation function. Students will also consider the fundamentals of project management utilising that prescribed, but well established, project life cycle. 

    17 Understanding and Leading Change (Specialist 15 Credit) The aim of this unit is to prepare students to anticipate plan and deliver organisational change.  In addition, students will be able to predetermine appropriate and timely interventions required to maximise the benefits and minimise the risk of organisational change.

    18 Global Business Environment (Specialist 15 credit) the aim of this unit is to explore the wider position some organisations have in the global environment.  Students will appreciate the complexities of operating in a global environment, and this will enable them to offer greater breadth and depth to an organisation’s current or aspirational global presence.

    Optional modules: Describe how these are chosen

    32 Business Strategy (15 credit): The aim of this unit is to develop students’ awareness of the different kinds of strategy which could be used in an operational, tactical or strategic role for an organisation. This will be underpinned by a thorough knowledge and understanding of the theories. models and concepts which could significantly support an organisation’s strategic choice and direction.

    42 Planning for Growth (15 credits): This unit provides students with an appreciation of how small and medium enterprises (SMEs) develop and grow. Students will learn about and apply techniques for identifying opportunities for growth, and appraise options for achieving growth, including via collaboration.  Students will also learn about the sources of investment finance and consider how an SME attract investors. They will gain understanding of the options for SMEs in terms of exit or, for family businesses, succession, and be able to appreciate the importance of making informed choices when choosing routes to growth and have an understanding of the potential risks vs reward involved in growth. 

  • Teaching and Learning

    Teaching

    You are taught through a combination of lectures and practical’s. 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.

    Assessment

    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.

    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

Applicants must have passed the HNC in order to be considered for this course

Mature students with relevant experience may also be considered.

Maths and English GCSEs at grade C or above are also required.

Additional requirements

References from an official email address (ie. NOT Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) This can be from your previous institution if you were a student in the last 4 years or from a line manager if you are currently working.

Suitable applicants will be invited to interview, where they will be required to further demonstrate their suitability for the course by taking a diagnostic test/talking through their portfolio/auditioning.

Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience: Use HEFCE text

If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at level 5 or level 6.  For further information, please visit our Credit Transfer page. Other qualifications and relevant work experience may also count for academic credit. Further information is available at our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.

International Student Entry Requirements

All South Thames College HE courses are taught in English. You must be able to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.0 Reading and Writing must be at 6.0 or equivalent.

International students must possess qualifications equivalent to Level 3 study in the UK to apply for HE courses. Please be aware that this may mean we suggest an alternative course for you.

Portfolios can be submitted electronically if required.  

Skype interviews may be possible – please contact HE Admission to arrange.

Assessment

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

  • Links to suitable courses for progression (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
Location:
Wandsworth
Times:
Daytime
Duration:
1 Year
Study mode:?
Full Time
Days:
Weekday
Start:
17/09/2019
End:
22/05/2020
Code:
WMP5012HD/1920
What do I need to pay?
16-18 year olds:
£ 4,950
19 and older: ?
£ 4,950
Materials fees: ?
£ TBC

Course and General Enquiries 020 8918 7777 info@south-thames.ac.uk