This HND programme in Business is linked to the University of Portsmouth, aimed at giving you the latest knowledge and skills for a changing business environment. 

As a student you’ll work closely with highly qualified teachers who have both academic and industry-based backgrounds in business.

Meanwhile, optional units include: management accounts, human resources management, applied marketing, small business enterprise, employer relations, human resource development, principles of purchasing, business excellence, project management, purchasing, promotional strategy, events management and working with and leading people.

You will also complete a 5000 word, business-related research project, which will develop the skills and analytical tools you will need for your final year dissertation on an Honours Degree.


Type of study
Full-Time, Part-Time

All candidates have to be aged over 18 and with one of the following academic qualifications (please note, they do not have to be related to Business Studies):

120 points at A/AS level (minimum grade D at A level) or Edexcel, National Certificate qualification, NVQ3 to Pass Level, Access to Higher Education at Pass Level, Key Skills at Level 3, Aged over 21 with relevant industrial/commercial experience

In addition you should have English and maths to a grade C at GCSE standard.

The University of Portsmouth’s HND Business qualification has been designed and updated by the Business School and is in line with the QCF and relevant FHEQ benchmarks. All students achieve the award once they have accumulated 240 credits. This is normally achieved after two years of full time study.

On this course you will study:

Year one:

  • Marketing
  • Business finance
  • Organisational theory
  • Business environment
  • Business law
  • Management accounts
  • Human resources management
  • Applied marketing

Year two:

  • Business strategy
  • Data management
  • Research project

In addition to the core units, students will study 5 of the following: 

  • Business excellence
  • Project management
  • Working with and leading people
  • Events management 
  • Employer relations
  • Human resource development
  • Principles of purchasing
  • Small business enterprise
  • Promotional strategy
  • Purchasing

Note: The exact units studied are subject to change as the course manager sees fit so if you are applying for this course with a specific unit in mind you are urged to contact the course manager in the first instance. 

Studying at Level 4 and 5 requires students to attend all lectures and commit themselves to additional hours allocated each week outside of College for research and writing reports. Students will also develop team working skills over the course in addition to individual learning requirements. The University’s Academic Skills Unit is available for support and advice to all HND Business students and must be used to help complement the learning undertaken at the College.

At Havant and South Downs College, you will work closely with a highly qualified team with both academic and industry-based backgrounds. The course will be delivered in a variety of learning situations, lectures, one-to-one tuition, tutorials and workshops with a focus on independent learning development.

The course will be delivered using a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, utilising the College’s latest learning resources.  These will include CD roms, contemporary business software and the latest business periodicals.

Developing practical business skills and the entrepreneurial mind set is at the core of our courses and the College enterprise society, Evolve, works closely with students to achieve this via mentoring, support and guidance.

Assessment is by a combination of final and continuous assessment which are set by the University of Portsmouth. These are work-based and are designed to build on the latest business theories.

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You take control of your own learning…the college were really helpful and always willing to do anything and go that extra step to help me get my grades.

Scarlette Tiller, A Level student

The teaching and support was absolutely brilliant, they couldn’t have done anything more or anything better, if I had any questions my lecturers would always stay behind to help me if I needed it and their emails were always open, it was second to none. This college is the best by far.

Amber Searle, BTEC student

My experience with the teaching and support was really well, as I’m dyslexic, they helped me a lot and I’ve achieved good grades, so I’m really pleased.

Thomas McCann, A Level student


Successful completion of the course can lead to:, Third Year BA (Honours) Business top-up degree. ,