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Level 4 (HNC) Business

Available for applications

More information about this Course

Useful Information
Mode of Study: Full Time
UCAS code: M101
Start Date: September
Awarding body:  Pearson


Our HNCs start from £5,450. You can apply for tuition fee loans and maintenance loans to help with accommodation and everyday living while studying with us. Apply for funding from Student Finance England. Some students may also be eligible for maintenance grants or a Special Support Grant to help towards studies; you can find out more from Student Finance. The loan schemes mean you only start to pay back your loan once you have completed your degree course and are working and earning above a certain threshold.

Course Overview

The part-time, year-long Higher National Certificate in Business develops professional, self-reflecting individuals who are able to meet the demands of employers in the business sector and adapt to a constantly changing world.

The qualifications aim is to widen access to higher education and enhance career prospects of those who undertake them. Read further study for more information.

Course Highlights

The course is for you if you want to continue your education through applied learning. It offers a broad introduction to the subject area through core units including:

 Unit 1 Business and the Business Environment
The focus is on developing communication skills and the ability to work individually and with others to achieve goals. The module also provides a grounding in the practical aspects of business, with an emphasis on developing problem solving, researching and analytical skills and the use of quantitative information in business decision-making.

Unit 2 Marketing Processes and Planning
The module will enable students to recognise the inter-relationship between the organisation, its markets and the economy.  Students will also be introduced to a wide range of core themes and contemporary issues concerning the business environment.

Unit 3 Human Resource Management
The module will explore the role of HR practitioners and frontline managers and examine how the effective management of employees can enhance individual and organisational performance.  Students will also be introduced to the ethical issues surrounding the management of people in contemporary organisations.

 Unit 4 Leadership and Management
The main aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to explore the complexity of Leadership and management within a turbulent business and organisational environment. The module also aims to develop a sophisticated awareness of the unpredictability of change and an ability to critically evaluate the approaches and techniques for Leadership roles.

Unit 5 Accounting Principles
The module aims to introduce students to accounting and finance methods; equipping students of management with the knowledge and understanding to interpret and apply such information in decision-making.

Unit 6 Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set unit)
The aim of the module is to introduce the principles that underpin the management process and how they apply in business.  This module also aims to provide an understanding of marketing concepts, practices and analytical research methods combined with an appreciation of the dynamic, competitive nature of the business environment and how this influences marketing mix decisions to

Unit 7 Business Law
The module introduces students to the legal and regulatory framework within which businesses operate, basic principles of the English legal system and the part the law plays in enabling the conduct of business with a focus on contract law, negligence, business organisations, trade descriptions and employment law.

Unit 9 Entrepreneurial Ventures
This module is designed to provide students with an introduction to entrepreneurship and to the processes involved in a business start-up.  Students will gain an understanding of the nature and characteristics of entrepreneurs and identify their own potential entrepreneurial capabilities.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

On successful completion of the course you will be able to enter employment or continue employment or progress onto a university degree.

Once you have successfully completed L4 HNC Business you may join the BA (Hons) Business and Management degree validated through Roehampton University for further progression. We are affiliated with Chartered Management Institute whom have mapped the Programme from Level 5 modules BA (Hons) Business and Management to provide dual accreditation. This means you will graduate with a professional CMI Qualification alongside your degree – with no additional work needed. You will also receive affiliate Membership throughout your study, from year two giving you access to CMI’s fantastic member resources.

Guest speakers are a regular feature of the programme where students gain inside knowledge from business experts. Past speakers include the Managing Director from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) who explored topics such as employability through sponsorship schemes and benefits of postgraduate study. CIMA has been a key player in driving our students to many corporate management roles in companies such as Allianz and PWC. Successful completion of the course leads some students to fulfilling corporate careers as business analysts or business development managers.


The qualification is assessed entirely by coursework with assessment for one unit set by the awarding body Pearson.

During your programme you may experience some, or all, of the following types of assessment:

  • Written assignments
  • Report writing
  • Tutorials and seminars
  • Workshop tasks
  • Coursework group practical activities
  • Coursework case study problems (scenarios)
  • Group presentations
  • Individual presentations
  • Peer assessments
  • Small group assessed discussions
  • Professional practice portfolio

In all cases these are chosen and designed to assess your achievement of the learning outcomes for the unit. You will be given Assessment Criteria which are used to judge the extent of your achievement.

Entry Requirements

Must have a Level 3 qualification, for example, BTEC L3 Extended Diploma, Access to HE, A Level or equivalent, in a relevant subject. Additionally, students must evidence:

Level 2 English/Literacy or above
Level 2 Mathematic/Numeracy or above

International applicants
International applicants must satisfy the minimum English requirements as published on the College website and updated periodically (currently IELTS 6.0 or equivalent with minimum 5.5 in each of the four components).

Mature Students
Mature students who do not meet the entry criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered on the basis of relevant work experience, passing the course entrance assessment (if deemed necessary by the course tutor) and successful interview.

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