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 one-year full-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 full-time basis. Over one year you will study modules which will cover a broad range of business-related subjects. You will be expected to undertake independent study alongside your course.
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.
This course will be delivered at our Roundhouse Campus in Derby city centre. The programme will run with a minimum of six students.
The programme is regulated by HEFCE and the qualification is awarded by Pearson.
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:
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, including:
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.
There may be costs associated with 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 Honours 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.
As a Customer Service apprentice, Natasha Thomas sailed into a new career with classic narrow boat company Avante.
Her placement with the Willington firm – which involved helping run the office, liaising with customers from around the world, inspecting the boats and even driving them occasionally under supervision – led directly to the offer of a full-time job.
Natasha’s success was supported by the NVQ in Customer Service she took at Derby College during her placement.
I knew I wanted to work in customer service but in a role that was a bit different. I love this job. No day is ever the same and there’s always so much variety. My College tutor was really encouraging and regularly came to see me at Avante to go through my course work.