Course Type / Attendance

Part Time, Higher Education

Subject Area

Business and Management

Start Date

September 2018

Course Length

1 year




Adult, Higher Education



Course Level


Award to be received

HND level 5

Regulatory Body


Home / Course / HND Business Management (Top up)

Who is this course for?

For those that wish to gain greater understanding of organisations and how they function.  The course is for people who would like a highly regarded business qualification that focuses on practical skills and knowledge. It will help improve your job prospects within many different types of organisations in addition to providing a platform for further study.

The academic year is arranged in two, 16 week semesters.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You are able to apply for this course if you have any of the following: A BTEC HNC L4 Business qualification.


Level 2 in English and maths

All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, need to demonstrate capability In English of IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.

What are the key things you'll learn?

This builds on the knowledge gained through the HNC.  The HND (top up) is level 5, and build on the core knowledge and establish greater depth of understating and application of the subject areas applicable to business today.

You will study 5 units over the 1 year.

The core units of this course are:


  • Organisations and Behaviour
  • Research Project


You will also study a range of specialist  Management units  including,

  • Operations and Project Management
  • Understanding and leading Change
  • Global Business Environment



This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course.

Our teaching is informed by current practice and modules may change periodically to reflect developments in the sector.

The modules available on the course are as follows

Year 1 for part time students Level 5

Semester 1

Compulsory modules

Semester 1

Compulsory modules

Research Project

(over 1 year)


Operations and Project Management
Organisational Behaviour


Semester 2

Compulsory modules

Semester 2

Compulsory modules

Understanding and Leading Change Research Project

(over 1 year)


Global Business Environment  

The order the subjects are taught in each year are subject to change.


Timetables are normally available at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

How you will learn


On this course you will experience a combination of teaching and learning styles as follows:

  • Practical and theoretical classroom teaching
  • Library drop-in sessions
  • Directed work with other students
  • Directed private study

Assessments will incorporate workplace knowledge. There is 1 Pearson set Research project. You may have reports, portfolios, case studies and timed assessments to complete.  Each unit is assessed individually and via different means. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.

At level 5 you will typically have around 6 contact hours per week, typically consisting of :

  • 5 hours of lectures
  • 1 hours of one to one meetings

Indicative class size 15

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars and practical sessions or other timetabled session 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, preparing coursework assignment and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of facilities including the learning centre and the business team.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consist of class contact hours, around 6 hours’ independent learning and assignment activity, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours. The following information gives you an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course:

Level 5: 55% per cent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and  learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment:             480 hours

Independent learning:                                     720 hours

Academic Support

Our HE Academic Support Tutor provides help in the following areas:

  • Study skills (including reading, writing, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • Academic writing (including how to reference)
  • Research skills (in conjunction with the learning centres)
  • Critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • Revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management)

Teaching Staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes, professional practitioners with industry experience. Our teaching is informed by the relevant practice with the sector and 100% per cent of our lecturers have a teaching qualification.


The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each modules normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments

There is a ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include, presentation, reports and portfolios.  The grades from formal assessment count towards your module mark.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:


Year 1
100 per cent coursework    
Year 2    
100 per cent coursework    


You will receive feedback on formative assessments and on summative assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

For formal coursework assessment we aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in.

Where could this course take you?

After the completion of this course you will have a minimum of 120 credits and can progress on to a range of study options in Higher Education such as a the BA degree programmes.  Employment opportunities available include: management, administration, personnel, marketing, accounting, and law.

What costs will you incur?

Fees for September 2018


It is not possible to confirm fees for future academic years but the maximum increase each year will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI)

The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

Printing for your course – you will receive £30 credit for printing which will be paid in three instalments of £10 per term. Any printing requirements in excess of this can be purchased.

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

You will be expected to provide your own pens, paper, and folders.

You may choose to purchase books from the recommended reading lists however the College Learning Centre have an excellent range of all books suggested within your units studied.

The course will occasionally offer you the opportunity for relevant field trips which will have to be paid for, though none of these are mandatory for the successful completion of the course.

Financial support

For more information on Student Finance please go to our HE Finance page