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Business BTEC HND

During this course you will develop the breadth and depth of knowledge required by managers in the 21st Century. You will consider the economic, financial and legal issues managers have to deal, along with the tools and techniques they use. The HND Business qualification is achieved after two years, and can be topped up to obtain a full degree. This Business Level 4/5 course is the equivalent to the first two years of a university degree, and offers a local approach to study, with close personal support available throughout your study. Links to real businesses and local employers make it suitable for those wishing to progress directly to employment or to university.


I’m a Commercial Apprentice at Elster Water Metering Ltd and this course was part of my Apprenticeship. My role involved working in every department for at least three months and this allowed me to gain knowledge and experience about the whole company. This course was chosen because it covered all the topics relevant to each department, including: marketing, human resources, finance and business strategy.

I’ve enjoyed the human resources modules the best, particularly those that dealt with staff recruitment and development.  In fact, I’ve now chosen to specialise in human resources.

I found that studying and working at the same time was not a problem as the tutors gave me enough time to complete all my assignments.  They were also very understanding about my circumstances and provided extra help if I needed it. The tutors at the College are very approachable, and their lessons are interactive with lots of activities to involve everyone in the classroom.

This course has definitely helped me with my day-to-day work.  It has given me the background and theory behind what I do every day.  I’ve enjoyed my time at College and I’m coming back in September to do the CIPD in Human Resources Practice.

Aisling - Business BTEC HND

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • English AND Maths GCSEs at grade A*-C/Functional Skills at level 2 AND
  • 48 UCAS Tariff points from A-Levels with 32 points from one A-Level qualification OR
  • 48 UCAS Tariff points from a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business OR
  • an equivalent Level 3 qualification.

We welcome applications from mature students who will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications, subject to a successful interview.

Course content

There will be a wide range of units available to study, which in the first year may include:

  • Business environment
  • Managing financial resources
  • Organisations and behaviour
  • Marketing principles
  • Aspects of contract and negligence
  • Costing and budgeting
  • HRM
  • Working with and leading people.

Units available in the second year may include:

  • Business decision making
  • Business strategy
  • Business project
  • Small business
  • European business
  • Marketing planning
  • Human resource development
  • Employment law.

Assessment methods

Each unit will be assessed using a variety of methods, including written reports, presentations, oral and practical assessments; there are no external examinations. The assessments will develop your work-related skills, such as analysis, problem solving, decision making, communication and presentation skills. These will enhance your self-confidence, allowing you to progress your career aims.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HNC you can progress on to further study with our HND or choose to enter employment. On successful completion of the HND you will have the option to top up the qualification to a full Bachelor’s degree at university or enter employment. You can also can join one of the many professional institutes and continue your studies through their examinations.

Additional information

You will need to provide a folder, diary and notebook, use a computer and printer, and have access to the internet and libraries.

To enrol on the full-time course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code BEDF B23 and the course code 001N. Visit or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Course information & how to book

You will need to complete a UCAS online application form to apply for this course, available at The codes needed are located in the 'Additional information' section above. Please call the College on 01234 291000 if you have any queries about your application.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 27/09/2017 £5040 Cauldwell Street E1241

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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