Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND)

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Business, Level 5 Higher National Diploma AF-BUSNHD-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study
Full-Time, Higher Education, UCAS

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

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The course follows a traditional Higher Education method, with both theory and application to real businesses and case studies. Our teaching staff have both academic and industry-based backgrounds in business. Eight units are studied in Year 1 and seven in Year 2, which also includes a substantial, Pearson-set project which will develop the skills and analytical tools needed for your final year dissertation on an Honours Degree.

The HND in Business is a great option for those that want to study a Level 4 or 5 qualification but do not want to go to a traditional university. Class sizes are smaller (around 15) and you really get to know your lecturers and explore topics in depth. The subjects covered are similar to those studied at university, with the option of a placement year before topping up to the degree. The big difference is the cost: course fees are £5,995 per year (most universities charge £9,250), plus the option for lower living costs if staying at home. The course is available for Student Finance, so you can apply for a loan in the normal way.

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

– 48 UCAS points to include a minimum of one A Level at grade D
– NVQ3 at Pass level
– Access to Higher Education at Pass level
– Level 3 National Certificate/Diploma
– Aged over 21 with relevant industrial/ commercial experience.

In addition, you should have English Language and Mathematics to a grade 4 at GCSE standard or Level 2 Functional Skills in both English and Mathematics.

Year 1 covers eight units (15 credits each/120 total) some of which are mandatory. Two days a week are spent in College (10 hours) plus one day (five hours) learning remotely. Assignments are completed outside these hours. Some assignments are set by Pearson, some internally. There are no examined assessments.

Year 2 covers seven units (15 credits each plus 30 credits for the Pearson-set research project). Hours are similar to Year 1.

Subjects planned for 2021-22 (note: these may change)

 Year 1 (Level 4):

  • Business Environment
  • Marketing Essentials
  • Human Resources Management
  • Operations
  • Management Accounts
  • Financial Accounts
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Project – Pearson-set.


Year 2 (Level 5):

  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Business Strategy
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Global Business
  • Developing Teams
  • E-commerce
  • Business Project (double unit) Pearson-set.

You will work closely with a highly qualified team with both academic and industry-based backgrounds.

The course will be blended with two days in College and one day working remotely. The course will be delivered in a variety of learning situations, including 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.

Developing practical business skills and the entrepreneurial mindset is at the core of our courses. In addition, modern business often requires a collaborative approach and so there will be the opportunity to work with Higher Education Business students from our South Downs Campus.

Assessment is by a combination of final and continuous assessment some of which are set by Pearson, the (BTEC) Awarding Organisation, some set internally. These are case study based and are designed to build on the latest business theories.

At the end of the two year HND programme, you can choose to top up to a full degree with our partner universities or move straight into the relevant industry.

Those completing the HND can apply for direct entry onto the third and final year of a BA (Hons) Business degree at a number of local and national universities (subject to achieving the required grade profile). We will
work with some of the local universities over the two years so you will have the chance to see which one may best suit your needs.

Alton Campus has a number of links to local businesses and can help secure placements or work experience.

I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at the college, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.

Lauren Piper, A Level student

The teaching and support was really great, the quality was really great, all the teachers really care about your education as well as your wellbeing, they take everything into consideration and they’re great.

Katie Whittingham, A Level student

“HSDC provided me with the opportunity for autonomous study and the choice of subjects that I wanted to study, which helped me develop relevant knowledge as well as relevant skills for the workplace.”

Lucas Ratcliffe, A Level and CTEC student