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Level: 5

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 37

Hours: 4.00

Start: 17/09/2020

Days / Times: Tuesday 16:00 to 20:00

Tuition (£): 3000.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This active and dynamic programme teaches you a broad spread of business and management theory. You’ll learn a wide range of practical skills with an emphasis on your personal, career and professional development. This means you can progress in a current role at work or decide which area of your studies you’d like to focus on for the future. The part-time course is an evening programme allowing you to fit your study in with existing commitments. 

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business offers students seven specialist pathways designed to support progression into relevant occupational areas or on to degree-level study. These pathways are linked to Professional Body standards (where appropriate) and can provide professional status and progression to direct employment. The Level 5 Higher National Diploma offers the following specialist pathways for students who wish to concentrate on a particular aspect of business: 

  • Accounting and Finance 
  • Business Management 
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • Human Resource Management 
  • Marketing 
  • Operations Management 
  • Law
 
There is also a non-specialist ‘General Business’ pathway, which allows students to complete a Level 5 Higher National Diploma without committing to a particular professional specialism. This offers additional flexibility to providers and students.

Entry requirements

The Higher National Diploma (HND) is a Level 4 and Level 5 qualification made up of 240 credits. It is usually studied full-time over two years, or part-time over four years. Pearson would expect that an HND student would have achieved at least 90 credits at Level 4 before progressing to Level 5 units. This allows for the students to submit the remaining 30 credits at Level 4 while undertaking their Level 5 study.

You must also have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade 4 (C) or above. Equivalent qualifications will be considered. A Level 3 qualification in Business or an associated subject would be advantageous. 

Desirable attributes include enthusiasm, a passion to learn and an interest in the dynamic world of business. 

Course Content

  • Business and the Business Environment
  • Marketing Essentials
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management and Operations
  • Management Accounting
  • Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set unit)
  • Research Project (Pearson-set)
  • Organisational Behaviour

The centre can also choose two further optional units at Level 4 from the following:

  • Business Law
  • Innovation and Commercialisation
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • Financial Accounting.

The centre will also choose five further optional units at Level 5.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through assignment activity for each unit. For the project, your topic will be based on an externally set theme. All assignment work is internal. There are no examinations. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

There may be costs associated with text books and educational visits to businesses around the UK and potentially abroad.

What can I do after this course?

On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, students can develop their careers in the business sector through: 

  • Entering employment 
  • Continuing existing employment 
  • Linking with the appropriate Professional Body
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) 
  • Progressing to university
 
The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant business-related courses, for example the:
  • BSc (Hons) in Business and Management 
  • BA and BSc (Hons) in Business Studies 
  • BSc (Hons) in International Management

 

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

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Rufaro Hwindingwi

Rufaro Hwindingwi

Rufaro’s enrolment day leads to a job and future in business

When teenager Rufaro Hwindingwi left school after her GCSEs, she was unsure which career was right for her. The teenager went to a Derby College enrolment day with an idea that business might be a good path to follow. Now she is studying Level 2 business and has a part-time job with award-winning Derby estate agents Hannells. She also has her sights set on Business at Level 3, before going on to university to a take a Business Management Degree and then a Masters.
 
But Rufaro, 17, explained that initially she planned to follow her mother into health and social care...but the subject was not her main passion. She liked the style and content of Derby College's module based Level 2 business course saying she prefers coursework to exam-based learning.
 
Rufaro said she has studied eight units, with areas including the techniques and purpose of branding and the value of brand recognition, as well as how to be professional online, on the phone and face-to-face. She has also learnt about managing cashflow, cashflow forecasts and how to analyse break even graphs and charts. As part of her studies, Rufaro had two weeks' work experience with Hannells Estate Agents through its Academy link with Derby College.
 
Hannells area sales manager Victoria Downing said: "Derby College's business course is designed to prepare students for the workplace. Rufaro really was outstanding. We were able to have a conversation about her working part-time with us, because we had an unfilled vacancy, and it's great to have her with us."
 
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.

I'm going to continue with Hannells and then go onto Level 3 in business at Derby College. That's my next step. Then I'm thinking of a Business Management degree at Birmingham City University or the University of Birmingham. I think Business Management may be a base for another course, maybe a Masters.

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