HND (University of Portsmouth)

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.

You will study a number of units as indicated in the course structure that are each worth 15 credits, one of which is a substantial 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, Higher Education, Part-Time

Availability & Details

Business, Higher National Diploma SF-BUSNHD-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2019-20 (2 years)

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):
48 UCAS points to include a minimum of 1 A level at grade D or above 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 (4 under the new system)at GCSE standard or Level 2 Functional Skills in both English and Maths.

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
  • Purchasing
  • Human resources management
  • Applied marketing

Year two:

  • Business strategy
  • Data management
  • Research project

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

  • Working with and leading people
  • Events management 
  • Human resource development
  • Small business enterprise
  • Business Psychology

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.

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.

How to apply

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There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study here, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.

Lee Backhouse, BTEC student

The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

Jodie Hook

My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, A Level student


This course provides the opportunity for direct entry onto the 3rd and final year of the BA HONS Business and Management Degree at the University of Portsmouth (subject to achieving the required grade profile).
Other popular progression routes are employment and degree apprenticeships.