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 Nicole Bullock says Derby College has "guided her life" as it put her on the path towards a career as a mortgage broker.
Former apprentice Nicole was the first person taken on by growing Derby business Create Finance.
The 18-year-old, from Chaddesden, left school with 10 good GCSEs but was adamant she did not want to go to college full-time.
Instead, she jumped at the opportunity of becoming an apprentice administrator with the Full Street-based business.
She said the apprenticeship included studying Business Administration with Derby College and it "fitted me perfectly".
Nicole found the Level 2 NVQ "was relevant to what we were doing here". She said that the units were chosen to best meet the needs of her role.
After passing her NVQ and completing her apprenticeship, Nicole was taken on and then achieved promotion to become Administration Team Leader. She is now looking to take her industry CeMAP exams so she can work as a self-employed mortgage broker herself.
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, (correct) who is originally from Nuneaton.
The business has grown to employ 26 people, including the three directors.
Gindy said Nicole, the company's first employee, was now administration team leader and a "role model and mentor for any new or existing administration staff."
He added: "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."
I'm grateful to the college – it's put me on my feet and guided my life. Without the college's help I wouldn't have my job here. It's literally put me on the path to my career.
The aim now is to work hard and make as much money as I can. You can be self-employed here as a broker. When I am a bit older, and the company and I both feel that I am ready for it, that's what I'd like to do.