The world of business is broad based and dynamic. This ever-changing environment offers stimulating and rewarding careers in a range of sectors.
The Higher National Certificate in Business is a two-year part-time course which enables you to study modules and topics that are relevant to a range of careers. This broad focus enables you to complement your professional experience with a strong grasp of the underpinning principles that support a successful career in business.
The programme is offered on a part-time twilight/evening basis which allows you to combine your existing professional role with your studies. Over two years you will study ten modules which will cover a broad range of business-related subjects. With assignments linked to your professional work context, you can make an immediate impact within your current organisation. You will be expected to undertake independent study for at least 4-8 hours per week.
All business organisations demand well qualified, versatile and adaptable staff with high-level skills, knowledge and sound business acumen. This course will give you the transferable skills needed to meet the changing circumstances of business practice. It will also open up potential opportunities for further study, including progression to a Higher National Diploma, Foundation Degree or Honours Degree in subsequent years.
The programme will be delivered via lectures, seminars and tutorials while you are in College. Outside of College, there will be opportunities for independent directed study and self-managed learning using a range of resources, including e-resources.
The programme is delivered by staff who have current experience of running their own business and who use this knowledge to give real-life examples of how the theory of business looks in a practical context.
This course will be delivered in the Higher Education Centre at our Roundhouse Campus in Derby city centre. The programme will run with a minimum of six students. In 2014-15 we enrolled six students on the programme.
The programme is regulated by HEFCE and the qualification is awarded by BTEC.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues.
You should have one of the following:
Students will also need:
• At least four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A* - C) to include English and Maths or the equivalent.
We also welcome applicants who lack institutional qualifications. All such applicants will be interviewed and may be set an appropriate piece of work upon which a judgement will be made, taking into account their academic potential and relevant experience.
You will need to be aged 18 or over at the beginning of the course.
You will study a range of modules:
Your knowledge and understanding for all modules will be assessed through a variety of methods. These will include written work such as assignments, group work and presentations. Assignments can be linked to your professional work context to give your studies a personal relevance and impact.
All assignment activity will support you in developing skills in academic writing, verbal presentations, team work and analysis. The College offers a comprehensive development programme as part of your studies to support your progression in these areas.
There are no additional costs over and above the course fees.
The level of independent research and critical thinking completed on this course - as well as the assessment methodology - helps to prepare students for further study at either a Higher National Diploma or degree level. As it leads to a vocational qualification, the course also provides students with a range of skills and knowledge that can be readily applied in the workplace and may lead to opportunities for career progression.
Teenager Aaron Curd left school knowing that he wanted a career in business, possibly in property, where there was an opportunity to earn good money.
But he did not know the best way to go about it until he contacted Derby College and lined up his two year BTEC Level 3 in Business.
Aaron, 19, from Darley Abbey, said the course, which he completed with a distinction and double distinction star, "narrowed down what I wanted to do and set me up for my job."
As part of Derby College's Employer Academy he did work experience at Hannells Estate Agents. That directly led him to get a foot on the property career ladder. When a position came up, Aaron was taken on and he is now a sales negotiator and a valued member of the team.
Victoria Downing, area manager with Hannells Estate Agents, said the business identifies potential future employees via its Academy link with the College.
She added: "Derby College's business course is designed to prepare students for the workplace. We offer support and work experience during their course and we also help them with work/life skills."
Derby College's Employer Academy programme aims to boost students' employability skills and job prospects as well as giving employers the opportunity to shape the college curriculum.
It also reduces employers' costs for recruiting young people into job and apprenticeship roles after their College course.
The course opened up lots of different routes I could have taken, and lots of different topics, like human resources, marketing, law and setting up your own business. I did work experience at Hannells and they offered me a job at the end of August. My studies help with my work, particularly in marketing and customer services. I'm enjoying every day – it's a career. The course narrowed down what I wanted to do and set me up for my job.