Higher National Diploma in Business (RQF)

Overview

This is a brand new course from Pearson to be delivered from 2016 onwards, in conjunction with University Centre Colchester. The structure of the course is designed to build up the standard level of units (in the HNC format) and the more advanced level (in the HND format) for a career in the business world, but it is delivered in a holistic way which aims to develop confidence, teamwork and other vocational skills. These modules are in alignment with the Business Degrees that the UK Universities offer, typically in the first two years of their degrees.They include several crucial topics that the business world is facing. The course is delivered by highly qualified practitioners and managers from both business and academic backgrounds.

About the Course

An excellent and exciting Higher National level course, offered in conjunction with University Centre Colchester which introduces students to a broad range of business and managerial principles. As a University Centre Colchester Student you will be studying on a course designed to combine a practical approach to several aspects of business, offering at the same time an internationally recognised award.

A HNC/D course with University Centre Colchester and OLC can typically be delivered at a reduced cost compared to conventional University options.

Progression & Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the HND will allow progression onto a third year BA or BSc university programme.

However, some find a job in businesses on completion of the course and pursue careers in accounting, retail, financial services etc.

Professional Accreditation

The course is accredited by Pearson Edexcel: part of the largest and most well known international educational standards organisation.

Entry Requirements

All students should come to us with a Level 3 UK National Qualification or international equivalency, and UK Level 2 qualifications in Language, Literacy and Numeracy.

University Centre Colchester also accept wider access students with substantial business experience of 4 years plus as either a senior manager or business owner, as long as they have UK Level 2 qualifications in Language, Literacy and Numeracy (subject to competency testing and evidence submission).

Fees & Funding

Courses at University Centre Colchester with OLC are priced at £6,000 Per Annum. This covers all 11 units in the year, as well OLC’s industry-experienced Tutors with combined professional expertise, substantial resources both electronic and physical from both University Centre Colchester and OLC, ‘9 till 5’ tutor access, VLE support and more!

Fees are either payable through government funding if eligible, or corporate sponsorship and ‘self-funding’ options.

Please see our Fees – Funding page for more details on funding streams.

Programme Specification

Course Syllabus

HNC Units: Your studies will include the three mandatory units listed below and students will also take several optional units.

  • Business and the Business Environment – L/508/0485

    The aim of this unit is to provide students with background knowledge and
    understanding of business, the functions of an organisation and the wider business
    environments in which organisations operate. Students will examine the different
    types of organisations (including for profit and not for profit), their size and scope
    (for instance, micro, SME, transnational and global) and how they operate.
    Students will explore the relationships that organisations have with their various
    stakeholders and how the wider external environments influence and shape
    business decision-making.

  • Marketing Essentials – R/508/0486

    This unit is designed to introduce students to the principles of marketing, enabling
    them to develop a basic marketing plan and to employ elements of the marketing
    mix to achieve results. While they will learn the underpinning theories and
    frameworks, they will also be able to relate these to real-world examples, including
    products/services that they encounter in their own daily lives.

    Organisations such as Apple, Google, VISA, Burberry, Zara, Cadbury, Nestle,
    Unilever, Coca-Cola, Unicef, BP and small local businesses all have at least one
    thing in common: they all use marketing to influence us to engage with their
    products and/or services. Whether it is becoming a loyal customer buying a product
    and service or donating to a charity, organisations use a range of marketing
    techniques and tools to inform and influence us.

    The knowledge, understanding and skill sets that students will gain on successfully
    completing this unit will enhance their career opportunities; whether setting up
    their own business or being employed by an organisation.

  • Human Resource Management – Y/508/0487

    The aim of this unit is to enable students to appreciate and apply principles of
    effective Human Resource Management (HRM). People are the lifeblood of any
    organisation and being able to attract, recruit and retain talented staff is at the core
    of all HRM activity.

    This unit will explore the tools and techniques used in HRM to
    maximise the employee contribution and how to use HR methods to gain
    competitive advantage. Students will explore the importance of training and
    development in building and extending the skills base of the organisation and
    ensuring it is relevant to the ever-changing business environment. Students will
    also consider the growing importance of becoming a flexible organisation with an
    equally flexible labour force, and become familiar with techniques of job design and
    with different reward systems.

    The unit investigates the importance of good employee relations and the ways in
    which employers engage with their staff and possibly with trade unions. Students
    will gain an understanding of the law governing HRM processes as well as the best
    practices which enable an employer to become an ‘employer of choice’ in their
    labour market.

  • Management and Operations – D/508/0488

    The aim of this unit is to help students understand the difference between the
    function of a manager and the role of a leader. Students will consider the
    characteristics, behaviours and traits which support effective management and
    leadership. In addition, this unit will introduce the concept of operations as both a
    function and a process which all organisations must adopt to conduct business.
    Students will be introduced to contemporary and historical theories and concepts
    which will support their learning for this unit.

    On successful completion of this unit students will have developed sufficient
    knowledge and understanding of how management and operations make a positive,
    efficient and effective contribution to an organisation at a junior level. This could be
    in the role of a team leader or managing a specific aspect of an operation function
    and/or process.

    Underpinning all aspects of the content for this unit you will consider topics under
    two broad headings: management and operations.

  • Management Accounting – H/508/0489

    The overall aim of this unit is to introduce the fundamentals of management
    accounting which apply to the wider business environment and the organisations
    which operate within that environment. Students will explore how management
    accounting uses financial data to aid planning decisions, and the monitoring and
    control of finance within organisations.

    On successful completion of this unit students will be in a position to present
    financial statements in a workplace context and be able to assist senior colleagues
    with financial business planning. In addition, students will have the fundamental
    knowledge and skills to progress onto a higher level of study.

  • Managing a Successful Business Project – D/508/0491

    This unit is assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The project brief will be set by
    the centre, based on a theme provided by Pearson (this will change annually). The
    theme and chosen project within the theme will enable students to explore and
    examine a relevant and current topical aspect of business in the context of the
    business environment.

    The aim of this unit is to offer students an opportunity to demonstrate the skills
    required for managing and implementing a project. They will undertake
    independent research and investigation for carrying out and executing a business
    project which meets appropriate business aims and objectives.

    On successful completion of this unit students will have the confidence to engage in
    decision-making, problem-solving and research activities using project
    management skills. They will have the fundamental knowledge and skills to enable
    them to investigate and examine relevant business concepts within a work-related
    context, determine appropriate outcomes, decisions or solutions and present
    evidence to various stakeholders in an acceptable and understandable format.

  • Business Law – H/508/0492

    The aim of this unit is to enhance students’ understanding of how business law is
    applied to the running of a company. Students will gain knowledge of business law
    and examine the impact of the law on business operations and decision-making.
    Throughout the unit students will identify legal solutions available to business
    owners and assess their suitability. Their experiences in this unit will help them
    better understand the areas of law in which they will want to specialise. They will
    be able to illustrate the impact of the law on normal business operations and when
    registering a company and inviting shareholders to invest in it. They will gain an
    understanding of the law in relation to market abuse and director responsibilities.
    Students will be able to recognise the application of employment law between
    employers and employees.

  • Financial Accounting – A/508/0496

    Balancing the books is at the heart of all business management. The overall aim of
    this unit is to introduce students to essential financial accounting principles and
    techniques which will enable them to record and prepare basic final accounts.
    Students will learn how to prepare accounts for sole traders and partnerships as
    well as limited companies.

    On successful completion of this unit students will be able to contribute effectively
    to the accounting function of an organisation, or to understand how to record and
    prepare basic financial accounts for their own business. They will have the
    knowledge and skills required to progress to a higher level of study.

Extra Units for HND Top-Up:

  • Research Project (Double unit) – R/508/0522

    This unit is assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. Students will choose their own
    project based on a theme provided by Pearson (this will change annually). The
    project must be related to their specialist pathway of study (unless the student is
    studying the general business pathway). This will enable students to explore and
    examine a relevant and current topical aspect of business in the context of the
    business environment and their chosen specialist pathway.

    The aim of this unit is to offer students the opportunity to engage in sustained
    research in a specific field of study. The unit enables students to demonstrate the
    capacity and ability to identify a research theme, to develop research aims,
    objectives and outcomes, and to present the outcomes of such research in both
    written and verbal formats. The unit also encourages students to reflect on their
    engagement in the research process during which recommendations for future,
    personal development are key learning points.

    On successful completion of this unit students will have the confidence to engage in
    problem-solving and research activities which are part of the function of a manager.
    Students will have the fundamental knowledge and skills to enable them to
    investigate workplace issues and problems, determine appropriate solutions and
    present evidence to various stakeholders in an acceptable and understandable
    format.

  • Organisational Behaviour – H/508/0525

    The aim of this unit is to develop a student’s understanding of the influence culture,
    politics and power have on the behaviour of others in an organisational context.
    Students will be in a position to apply the principles of organisational behaviour to a
    variety of business situations.

    On successful completion of this unit students will have an understanding and
    awareness of key influences which affect the behaviour of individuals, teams and
    organisations as a whole. They will be able to use this knowledge to make an
    immediate and positive contribution in the workplace, whether that role is as part
    of a team or as a team leader. This will be achieved through a strong appreciation
    of working in a team, having a more profound perspective of what makes people
    and organisations do what they do, and how to adjust one’s own behaviour to
    reflect the circumstances and situation.

  • Business Strategy – K/508/0574

    The aim of this unit is to develop students’ awareness of the different kinds of
    strategy which could be used in an operational, tactical or strategic role for an
    organisation. This will be underpinned by a thorough knowledge and understanding
    of the theories, models and concepts which could significantly support an
    organisation’s strategic choice and direction.

    On successful completion of this unit students will have developed sufficient
    knowledge and understanding of strategy to make a positive, efficient and effective
    contribution to the development of business plans and operational direction. This
    could be in the role of a junior manager responsible for having a specific input into
    an organisation’s decision-making and planning

  • Developing Individuals, Teams and Organisations – A/508/0594

    The aim of this unit is to provide students with the opportunity to appreciate that
    developing knowledge and skills to achieve high performance is a crossorganisation
    activity. Students will recognise that their own professional
    development is just one route to improving the performance of those teams and
    organisations in which they work. They will also gain an awareness of the context in
    which learning takes place and how development needs are linked to learning
    interventions aimed at supporting an organisation’s strategy.

    On successful completion of this unit, students will have laid the foundations for
    their own continuing professional development which will support their future
    engagement in lifelong learning. They will also be able to contribute to the
    development of others and make a positive contribution to the sustainable growth
    of an organisation.

  • Statistics for Management – R/508/0570

    The aim of this unit is to provide students with an understanding of how
    management information and decision-making are enhanced by the application of
    statistical methods. Students will learn about a range of statistical techniques and
    how they can inform management thinking. While studying the unit they will
    develop their numerical abilities and increase their confidence in handling data in
    order to create information and knowledge.

  • Business Systems – M/508/0589

    The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the theoretical basis for business
    systems and their practical application. Students will understand and appreciate
    how business systems support the achievement of organisational objectives,
    particularly through the management of information and the use of Information
    Communications Technology (ICT) to gain a competitive advantage. Students will
    explore the role of systems within organisations, the management of business
    systems and analytical tools and techniques for monitoring and measuring control
    and delivery.
    On successful completion of this unit students will have developed sufficient
    knowledge and understanding of the practical application of a business system to
    be able to utilise this ‘tool’ as a more effective and efficient manager. Students will
    also be able to contribute to the design of a business system in a workplace
    context.

  • Digital Marketing – D/508/0538

    The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the major developments taking place
    in digital marketing. It will enable students to develop an understanding of how
    organisations use various digital tools and techniques to engage their customers
    and maintain a competitive advantage. This unit is designed to provide students
    with the knowledge and tools to work at part of a digital marketing team or go on
    to study more in this specific area.
    Digital marketing is now a major component of all successful marketing
    organisations. However, with the landscape continually evolving, it is important for
    marketers to stay ahead of their competitors and deliver cutting-edge digital
    marketing approaches and strategies.

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