As a progression from the Higher National Diploma Year 1, this active and dynamic Higher National Diploma Year 2 programme continues to teach you a broad spread of business and management theory.
You will continue to 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:
Curtis, 18, didn’t like school much and left early because he was being bullied, but he couldn’t be happier on his full-time college course.
Curtis, who is 18 and from Heanor, is currently studying Level 1 Business but plans to take more qualifications in English and Maths so he can achieve his ambition of working for the ambulance service.
Inspired by his dad, who was in St John Ambulance, Curtis has recently been on an induction with the first aid charity. In fact, Curtis felt so keen to promote the college to other students that he went on the Roundhouse website and applied to be a student ambassador.
It’s a role he is finding very rewarding, and during November he will be among college representatives going into local schools to talk to potential students and their parents about the what the college has to offer.
As a student ambassador Curtis also helps at college open events, welcoming people to the Roundhouse and showing them where they need to go.
I wasn’t happy at school but it’s completely different at college. I like everything about it.
I’ve made lots of friends since coming to the Roundhouse and I’d say that one of the things I like best about Derby College is meeting new people and getting to know them.
The lecturers are great too. They’re there to help if you need it but they let you get on with it and work out things for yourself.