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.
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.
The Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience through the selection of optional units across a range of occupational sectors at Level 4.
This effectively builds underpinning core skills while preparing the student for subject specialisation at Level 5. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios. At Level 4 students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the business sector through six core units, which include one unit assessed by a Pearson set assignment. The units are:
The centre can also choose two further optional units at Level 4 from the following:
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.
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.
Graduates successfully completing the Higher National Certificate will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of business. They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately and they will have the qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility.
They will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies. They will be adaptable and flexible in their approach to business, show resilience under pressure, and meet challenging targets within a given resource.
There may be costs associated with text books and educational visits to businesses around the UK and potentially abroad.
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.
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.