Higher Education

Level 4 Higher National Certificate Business

Course Overview

  • Campuses

    Havering Ardleigh Green
  • Qualification

    Higher Education
  • Subject

    Business and Enterprise
  • Schedule

    Tuesday and Friday (Day)
  • Duration

    36 Weeks
  • Course Target

    Higher Education

Course Fees

*Fee subject to OfS Approval. Fees displayed are on a per year basis

Entry requirements

GCSE English and Maths grade 4 or above. You will also need to have studied successfully at Level 3, or have work experience suitable for the start of a higher level qualification. Our typical entry requirement is 48 UCAS points from Level 3 qualifications including A Levels, BTEC Level 3 Diplomas, Access to Higher Education Diploma in Business, Scottish Highers, Advanced Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate, Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate and MMP Extended Diploma. An interview may be required before an offer can be made.


This course, awarded by Pearson, provides students with a broad understanding of the main functions at play in successful businesses. It is ideal for anyone looking to work in business, whether that be in a small company or a large corporate organisation.

The course also provides an excellent basis for those who are looking to set up and run their own company. Students will gain an appreciation of each of the main departments and roles within today’s contemporary organisations.

Course Structure

This is a recognised, well-developed course, which will enhance both educational and career opportunities.

Units studied for HNC may include:

  • Business and the Business Environment
  • Marketing Processes and Planning
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership and Management
  • Accounting Principles
  • Managing a Successful Business Project

HND subjects could include:

  • Research Project
  • Specialist subject areas
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Enterprise
  • Leadership and Management

Did you know?

There are currently around 5.5 million businesses registered in the UK and, in London, there are 1,464 businesses per 10,000 residents. That’s a lot of employment opportunity!

  • Award: Business BTEC HNC/HND
  • Application method: Apply directly to UCAS
  • Awarding Body: Pearson


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops and one-to-one tutorials. Lectures will provide you with most of the fundamental subject information knowledge that you will require and will be taught in groups. Workshops will tackle specific topics in more detail and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor will give you the opportunity to discuss topics in detail, highlight any areas of difficulty and discuss your progression through the course.

Independent Learning

When you are not attending lectures, workshops and tutorials, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research and preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning will be supported by our excellent facilities, including the library and the learning zone. Teaching

  • Assessment Criteria

    Teaching and Assessment

    100% practical/coursework. Your overall grade for the course will be based on the marks obtained for all modules. The course provides you with the opportunity to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark.

    Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice, or formative, assessment for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them will not count towards your module mark.

    There will be formal, or summative, assessment during, or at the end of, each module. Formal assessment will be solely through a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance presentations and projects. The grades from your formal assessments will count towards your module mark.

    By the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of business and a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills obtained through research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios. Students will learn the skills needed to meet challenging targets, to be adaptable and flexible in their approach and show resilience under pressure.

  • Further Information

    For further information about application please email Customer Services customerservices.hfe@ncclondon.ac.uk

    You can apply for the ‘Student loan’. Student loans can include a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan to help with your living costs. Help and advice is available at www.gov.uk/apply-for-student-finance

Further Information

Following this course students can enter the business world with a Level 4/5 qualification, or continue for one further year at university where they may top-up to a full degree.

The course has been designed to meet the requirements of modern businesses and is underpinned by the research knowledge and industry experience of our staff.

Career opportunities include business management, office management, digital marketing, human resources management, supply chain management, sales, and business consultancy.

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