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:
Daniel Ranby is pursuing his dreams in the business world, and doing a good job of catching them up. The former Derby College student told our Alumni Team about his time at College, his latest business venture and his tips to succeed in business.Daniel graduated from Derby College with a Business Studies qualification under his belt and plenty of ambition."The Business Studies course made me more open minded. It was my initial insight into what is really involved in running my own business and what it takes to succeed." Daniel had big plans for his future, but it wasn't until he started studying that he was able to begin shaping them into something that could make money.Today, our entrepreneurial former student runs his own extremely successful business, which he built from scratch. Commercial Consultants is a recruitment consultancy specialising in the engineering, operations and business management sectors of the transport industries. "I started my business with only two computers. My ex-business partner put in £800. I've been running the business for eleven years now and I bought out my partner four years ago. I have full control over all aspects of the business, from the profit and loss to the planning and strategy."Daniel describes his journey as "Starting up from a blank piece of paper and having to make everything happen from scratch," something which he is understandably proud of, but more so because his business is now "achieving over 3.5 million in revenue." We asked Daniel what it takes to succeed in the business world: "A lot of drive is required and the ability to bounce back is a must." He is currently looking forward to starting another business.
"I always wanted to run my own business, and Derby College gave me the insight I needed."