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Level: 5

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 36

Hours: 4.00

Start: 09/09/2019

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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 get progress 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. 

Entry requirements

You must 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. 

Any desirable attributes: Enthusiasm, passion to learn and an interest in the dynamic world of business. 

Course Content

  • Business Environment
  • Marketing Essentials
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management and Operations
  • Innovation and Commercialism
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • Management Accounting
  • Project

How will I be assessed?

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

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No specialist equipment is required to successfully complete the HNC course. 

What can I do after this course?

Progression from the HNC Business would be to 'top-up' to an HND or Degree programme. In terms of career progression, this course will allow you to develop highly sought-after skills employability skills which will allow for new opportunities and advancement.  

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*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

Please Note: All fees for Higher Education courses are per year

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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Jess Monk

Jess Monk

Employer shows trust in teenage business admin apprentice Jess

Derby College business administration apprentice Jess Monk is the envy of many of her friends.
At just 17, she has an interesting, well-paid job, working with friendly and supportive people who show trust in her abilities.
Jess is on the college’s Business Administration level 2 course and in September started an apprenticeship with engineering design consultants Jackson Purdue Lever on Pride Park.
Originally at Derby College to study Health and Social Care, she switched courses when she realised she’d prefer to work in a business environment.
Jess says she has already picked up lots of business knowledge on her course and is thinking about furthering this by progressing to level 3.
As an apprentice, Jess also likes that there are other young Derby College learners at Jackson Purdue Lever.Over the past five years the firm has established strong links with the college through its careers academy, providing work experience to several students.

I’d been working part-time as an admin assistant at Jackson Purdue Lever for about a year before being taken on as an apprentice, so I already knew everyone. I’m given quite a lot of responsibility at work, which makes me feel that my employer trusts me.


I’m responsible for ordering all the stationery, for instance. It’s important to get it right.


I also spend a lot of time writing up reports for the structural survey team and recording information on Excel spreadsheets as well as welcoming visitors to the firm.

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