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 direct progression to employment. The Level 5 Higher National Diploma offers the following specialist pathways for students who wish to concentrate on a particular aspect of business:
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.
We are planning that our teaching, learning and assessment for 2021/2022 will be both online and face to face. Each module will take a unique approach that best supports you in achieving the learning and assessments. You will be part of a variety of online lectures, discussions, tutorials and activities. You will have access to a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where a range of resources and activities will be provided. You will engage with your peers and teachers via Microsoft Teams, partaking in a range of planned sessions.
At times, we may be required to change our plans in order to comply with Government guidelines. If we make changes, you will be kept up to date via announcements through your course VLE.
It is expected that you will attend all planned sessions, whether they be online or in person. If you are not able to attend, you will be able to contact your tutor to discuss it with them and receive any support or guidance. A range of resources will be provided on the VLE for you to access following a missed session. The hours allocated per week include taught hours with the teacher and independent study sessions for research and the development of content covered during lessons.
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 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.
The centre can also choose two further optional units at Level 4 from the following:
The centre will also choose five further optional units at Level 5.
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.
There may be costs associated with textbooks and educational visits to businesses around the UK and potentially abroad.
On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, students can develop their careers in the business sector through:
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:
While she was at school, Alison Biskup was academically gifted enough to be identified as a potential university student. But there was a drawback – going to university was the last thing she wanted to do.
She wanted to find a job. Derby College has helped her realise that dream. Alison, 19, from Long Eaton, dropped out of sixth form college after a year, having completed four AS Levels.
Through Derby College she found an opportunity to become an apprentice case administrator at growing Derby business Create Finance.
Now she is working towards her NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration at Derby College, having already passed Level 2 during her year as an apprentice.
Alison has been taken on as full-time administrator, and has seen her responsibilities grow as she gains more experience. Her role involves working one-to-one with a Create Finance Mortgage broker, looking after documentation and handling calls.
In the future Alison intends to either become a mortgage broker herself or become an expert in mortgage-based administration. She is aiming to take her industry recognised CeMAP qualifications.
Riverside Chambers-based Create Finance was launched in August 2015 by Derby men Gindy Mathoon, who attended Derby Moor Community College and Karl Yeoman, who went to Allestree Woodlands, along with Pete Mugleston who is originally from Nuneaton.
The business has grown to employ 26 people, including the three directors. Gindy said Alison has been with the company for nearly two years and is a very popular member of the team, who gets her work done effectively and with minimal supervision.
He said: "Derby College sources suitable candidates who potentially have the right qualities to work for Create Finance. The administrators are the backbone of the business and without high quality administration we can't grow as a business. We're expanding gradually, and our link with Derby College has allowed us to progress."
Derby College is really good for me. At school I was always encouraged to go to university but it's not something I wanted to do. Really, I just wanted to go out and earn my own living and Derby College has helped me do that. Once I've completed my college courses, I'd like to do my industry CeMAP exams. I'd love to be a broker – either that or become amazing in administration and be somebody who knows all about mortgages.