HND Business

Start Date: September 2024
Site: College Main Site

Course Overview

The HND in Business is a varied programme which encompasses a range of business topics. It is designed to give you high quality technical business information which can lead to a variety of careers in industry. The programme seeks to balance both intellectual and practical skills and requires you to learn through lectures, group work, reflective practice and presenting. The programme will be delivered using a range of techniques. The duration of the course is 2 years full-time and 3 years for the part-time method of study.

Work Experience & Industry Placements

Opportunities can be made available if you wish to gain a taster in a specialism that links to the modules of study.

Qualification Gained

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business, Business.

After The Course

Upon completion of this course, you could progress to a Level 6 top-up degree to get a BA (Hons) qualification. At Yeovil College University Centre, we offer the BA (Hons) Business Management and Strategy, which takes one year to complete full-time, or 18 months part-time. You could also progress into a career in a range of sectors including finance, retail and manufacturing.

What Will I Learn

You will study a range of units that will develop your specialist knowledge and skills. Listed below are examples of modules that are likely to be studied. Please be aware that modules studied may change periodically in line with student and stakeholder feedback, awarding body changes, or to reflect developments in the discipline. Students can always find the most up-to-date information about modules and who is teaching them in the course handbook.

Year 1 -

Unit 1 - Business and the Business Environment
Unit 2 - Marketing Processes and Planning
Unit 3 - Human Resource Management
Unit 4 - Leadership and Management
Unit 5 - Accounting Principles
Unit 6 - Managing a Successful Business Project
Unit 7 - Business Law
Unit 8 - Innovation and Commercialisation

Year 2 -

Unit 19 - Research Project
Unit 20 - Organisational Behaviour
Unit 26 - Principles of Operations Management
Unit 41 - Taxation
Unit 43 - Business Strategy
Unit 53 - Planning for Growth

Unit 55 - Planning social Media Campaigns

Our Lecturers

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 lecturers and professional practitioners with industry experience.

Teaching Learning and Assessment

Learning will be achieved through a combination of class-based activity, group-based activity and independent study.  These sessions are designed to actively support the development of independent learning strategies. They will combine tutor input with a wide range of participative activities including case studies, individual and group problem solving activities, student led activities which will include discussions of existing research and article reviews.  You will be encouraged to study directed readings and to critique research articles.

You will be required to work independently and to take responsibility for your learning. The role of tutors is to encourage your independence whilst still offering the appropriate levels of support.
During the programme of study, you will develop and attain a number of skills and attributes which include the following:
- The understanding and application of theoretical perspectives
- The ability to critically analyse, synthesise, communicate and apply theoretical concepts
- Develop creative solutions to problems
- Reflect on experiences in an informed manner.
When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study.  Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research and preparing assignments.

Course Expenses

For full information about tuition fees please see the 'YCUC Fees' and 'YCUC HE Fees Policy', both available in the 'Policies and Reports' area of our website. There are no required additional costs for the programme. Whilst some students may choose to buy their own copies of certain key texts this isn't essential as relevant resources are available through the College's Learning Resources Centre.

How Will I Be Assessed

An assessment schedule for the complete year will be issued to you at the start of each academic year. Additionally, a course handbook providing details of the units and its form of assessment, contact and study hours will be provided at the start of the programme. Throughout this programme different methods of assessment will be applied which will reflect the demands of the subject. Feedback will be provided to you in writing, along with information reflecting your performance and recommendations for improvement. There are no exams for the HND – you will be 100% assessed via coursework, likely including assignments, essays, reports or presentations.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements are 48 UCAS Tariff Points. These could come from a BTEC Level 3 qualification, an A Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject area, or adequate performance in more than one subject, or other Level 3 qualifications such as an Access Course or International Baccalaureate. Applicants are also expected to hold Grade 4 / C in Maths and English at GCSE level (or equivalent). We welcome applicants from mature students, and do not necessarily require the same entry requirements for those who will be aged 21+ at the start of the course as we would expect from school-leavers. For more information, please get in touch. International applicants will be required to evidence English language skills - this could be an IELTS score of 5.5 (with both reading and writing at a minimum of 5.5), a grade 4 in GCSE English (or equivalent), or having recently completed a Level 3 qualification taught and assessed in the English language. For more information, please get in touch.

Required Experience

No formal business experience is necessary, although a passion and motivation to be part of the business world is a must!

How To Apply

To study full time, please apply through UCAS (Campus name: Yeovil College University Centre; Institution code: Y25). For any assistance, please contact university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk who will be happy to help. To study part-time please apply direct to the Yeovil College University Centre by calling 01935 845454 or emailing university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk