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BTEC Higher National Diploma in Business

Pearson     5     24 Months

Brit College offers the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business, which falls under the Ofqual Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Qualification. The two-year BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business (RQF) Level 5 is awarded by Pearson.

Funding is available for this programme from the Student Loans Company for UK home students.


Teaching is face-to-face combined with online learning resources available via our Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Classes are usually held on one of our modern and well-equipped campuses at Limehouse. 

Course Details

Awarding Organisation: Pearson

Pearson is a multinational education and examination body. Pearson is the UK's largest awarding organisation offering academic, vocational and work-based learning qualifications, including BTEC, Edexcel and LCCI. Its qualifications, examinations and assessments are regulated by The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). The HND offered by Brit College is an award credited within the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Course Level: 5

Course Description:

This qualification is a 2-year course designed to enable individuals to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for success in a range of administrative and management positions.

BTEC HNDs have enjoyed a long history of recognition and respect from employers and higher education institutions worldwide. In developing this qualification, Pearson has consulted with relevant Professional Bodies and considered the relevant National Occupational Standards for Business, Administration and Management.

The course is an intermediate level qualification on the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) and covers years 1 & 2 of a typical UK undergraduate degree. It is delivered through a flexible modular structure, enabling you to study at your own pace.

 Entry Requirements:

Applicants must be: Be aged 18 or over

Students will do much better in all their assessments if they have GCSE English and Maths. Previous experience in the industry will help applicants gain a more comprehensive understanding of the concepts presented on the course.

Applicants who have recently been in education are likely to need:

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in the relevant area of study, for example, Business, Hospitality Management, and Leadership and Management
  • A GCE, Advanced Level profile, demonstrating strong performance in management and business associated subjects, for example, Business Studies, Hospitality Management, and Leadership and Management or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject, supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent) and 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as maths and English and other related Level 3 qualifications
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma from an approved further education institution
  • Management associated work experience of at least two years: Manager, Senior Manager,  Team Leader, business owner or those working for organisations where they are due for promotion to a senior position or their promotion is dependent on their successful completion of the course
  • An international equivalent to the above qualifications will be considered, based on an appropriate translation of the certificates obtained and confirmation of their local equivalence by UK Naric.


The Recognition of the Prior Learning process means that the admissions team may take into account the previous learning and experience of the applicant.  The applicant may receive an award of specific qualifications or units based on their prior learning or experience.


Applicants applying for all our qualifications, which are taught and assessed entirely in English, need English language skills.

Non-native English speakers who have not carried out their final two years of schooling in English should demonstrate ability at a standard equivalent to:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • PTE Academic 51, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (reading and writing must be at 5.5

We assess the level of English as part of the selection process using a written statement and an interview.


The application process allows the admissions team to select applicants meeting the above entry qualifications and demonstrate English Language competency. The admissions team will consider applications on a case-by-case basis.

Stage 1: Submission of the Application Form

The applicant should submit an online application form, fill in all the fields, and upload the required documents. The registrar will invite the applicant for an informal interview and a discussion of the rest of the admissions process within one day.

Stage 2: Submission of the Written Statement

Applicants will proceed to the full Interview only after submitting a written 500+/-10% word statement meeting the following basic requirements:

  • Applicants should submit their written statements no more than one working day after the initial interview. Ideally, the formal interview will follow the submission of the statement subject to time constraints.
  • The statement must be in the applicant's own words.
  • All statements must be typed using Microsoft Word and must not contain any pictures or any comments copied from other sources.

Please contact us for full details of the requirements and guidelines for the preparation of the statement

Stage 3: Interview Stage

Academic staff will mark the statements on the day or within one working day of their submission.

Stage 4: Offers of Places

Prospective students who succeed at the Interview receive conditional offers of places no more than 24 hours after the Interview and should confirm their acceptance within seven days

Applicants will be informed of any significant changes to the course that occur during the application process.

The admissions team will inform all successful applicants about the times and arrangements for enrolment, registration and induction.

Enrolment and Induction

Once tuition fees are approved/paid, student enrolment onto the course and induction occur before students begin their studies.

Other requirements:
Candidates must have basic IT knowledge (Microsoft Office, Internet and email).

Course Outline:

The course consists of 15 units overall, with eight studied in year 1 and seven in year 2. It has a credit value of 240 credits in the FHEQ, with 125 credits being at level 5 or above. The course will involve two days per week of college-based study, and you will also be expected to study on your own for at least 5 hours per module per week.

ASSESSMENT METHOD: The course is 100% assignment based, and the course team designs the coursework.

Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Business (General) Course Structure 

Unit Title Credits
Unit 1 Business and the Business Environment 15
Unit 2 Marketing Processes and Planning   15
Unit 3 Human Resource Management  15
Unit 4 Leadership and Management  15
Unit 5 Accounting Principles  15
Unit 6 Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson Set)  15
Unit 8 Innovation and Commercialisation  15
Unit 9 Entrepreneurial Ventures   15
Unit 20 Organisational Behaviour  15
Unit 43 Business Strategy  15
Unit 25 Global Business Environment  15
Unit 34 Digital Marketing  15
Unit 19 Research Project (Pearson set)  30
Unit 50 International Marketing  15
Unit 37 Pitching and Negotiating Skills  15

Progression and Career Prospects:

Candidates who complete the qualifications can go on to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the type of degree you wish to progress to and how well the units you have taken match the degree programme in question.
Alternatively, you will also be able to seek progression to Level 6 qualifications offered by various professional bodies in the business sector.
The course also prepares you for entering work in the business field, especially in management and administrative roles.

Tuition Fees:
£6,000 per academic year