The purpose of BTEC Higher Nationals in Business is to develop students as professional, self reflecting individuals, able to meet the demands of employers in the business sector, and adapt to a constantly changing environment.
The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them. They also provide opportunities for students to progress to higher educational qualifications such as an Honours degree in business or a related area.
The objectives of the BTEC Higher Nationals in Business are to equip students with business skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global business environment, in addition to providing education and training for a range of careers in business.
Career options can include Management, Administration, Human Resources, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Accounting and Finance.
The course also provides insight and understanding into international business operations and the opportunities and challenges presented by a globalised market place.
In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the business sector, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Business give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training.
Course Structure / Units
September 2016 Pearson Specification
The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business (September 2010 Specification) consists of eight units in Year 1, plus a further eight units in Year 2. The course is made up of sixteen units, eight core units and eight specialist units.
Year 1 - Students will study six units at Level 4 and two units at Level 5, with a value of 15 credits each = 120 credits.
Year 2 - Students will study a further eight units at Level 5, with 7 units at a value of 15 credits each and 1 unit at a value of 20 credits each = 125 credits.
Total credits available for the BTEC HND Business is 245.
For learners who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:
- An AVCE/GNVQ in an appropriate vocational area (e.g.: Business, Hospitality and Catering, Travel and Tourism);
- A BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Business Studies, Hospitality Supervision, or a similar discipline;
- A GCE Advanced level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C;
- Other related Level 3 qualifications;
- An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution;
- Related work experience;
- Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.
English Language Requirement
Students are expected to be able to demonstrate English language comprehension at a level equivalent to IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 5.5 to be able to study BTEC Higher Nationals.
The Pearson expectation of IELTS 5.5 applies to all students recruited to BTEC level 4 and level 5 qualifications after 1st January 2015 (a higher expectation applies for level 6 and level 7). The college is required to satisfy itself of the fact that the students have been recruited with integrity and that they will be able to cope with the rigour of the programme.
A centre can adopt its own internal English test. It is for the Centre to satisfy itself that the student’s score is commensurate with IELTS 5.5, but the expectation is not limited to the use of IELTS.
All students seeking admission to NCL (including EU and Overseas) are asked to provide one of the following:
- Recent evidence that their command of spoken and written English is at IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) adequate for the programme of study for which they have applied. The expectation can be met using other English language tests such as Pearson PTE, City & Guilds, Cambridge and ESOL etc.
- Please note, evidence of English language proficiency is not needed for students who have studied in English for the final two years of school (e.g. GCSE).
- Completed a school leaving qualification containing English, which NCL considers to meet the CEFR B2 level in all four skills prior to the proposed date of enrolment.
- The college is permitted to adopt its own internal English language test to judge whether students meet this standard. It is for the College to satisfy itself that the student’s score is commensurate with IELTS 5.5, but the expectation is not limited to the use of IELTS. The college reserves the right, in individual circumstances, to specify an additional language requirement for an applicant.