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Course Code: UX9015

Level: 4
Subject area: Business, Management & HR
Awarding body: Pearson
Qualification: Higher National Certificate
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Daytime, Evening
Duration: Two years
When you'll study: Mondays, 4.30pm - 9.00pm

About the course

You will need have both relevant qualifications and employability skills to enhance your career prospects and contribute to your personal development. 

Pearson higher national business qualifications embed throughout the programme the development of key skills, attributes and strengths required by 21st century employers.

Where employability skills are referred to in this specification, this generally refers to skills in five main categories …

  • Cognitive and problem-solving skills: critical thinking, approaching non-routine problems by applying expert and creative solutions, use of systems and digital technology, generating and communicating ideas creatively.
  • Interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and self-development, self-analysis and reflection, planning and prioritising.
  • Interpersonal skills: effective communication and articulation of information, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation.
  • Commercial skills: sector awareness; sales; marketing/promotion; budget management/monitoring.
  • Business skills: awareness of types of companies, company formation, invoicing, calculating fees, business management.
What you'll learn

Unit 1: Business and the Business Environment. The aim of this unit is to provide you with background knowledge and understanding of business, the functions of an organisation and the wider business environments in which organisations operate. You will examine the different types of organisations (including for profit and not for profit), their size and scope (for instance, micro, SME, transnational and global) and how they operate.

Unit 2 – Marketing Essentials. This unit is designed to introduce you to the principles of marketing, enabling you to develop a basic marketing plan and to employ elements of the marketing mix to achieve results. While you will learn the underpinning theories and frameworks, you will also be able to relate these to real-world examples, including products/services that you encounter in your daily life.

Unit 3 – Human Resource Management. The aim of this unit is to enable you to appreciate and apply principles of effective Human Resource Management (HRM). People are the lifeblood of any organisation and being able to attract, recruit and retain talented staff is at the core of all HRM activity. This unit will explore the tools and techniques used in HRM to maximise the employee contribution and how to use HR methods to gain competitive advantage. You will explore the importance of training and development in building and extending the skills base of the organisation and ensuring it is relevant to the ever-changing business environment. You will also consider the growing importance of becoming a flexible organisation with an equally flexible labour force, and become familiar with techniques of job design and with different reward systems.

Unit 4 – Management and Operations. The aim of this unit is to help you understand the difference between the function of a manager and the role of a leader. You will consider the characteristics, behaviours and traits which support effective management and leadership. In addition, this unit will introduce the concept of operations as both a function and a process which all organisations must adopt to conduct business. You will be introduced to contemporary and historical theories and concepts which will support their learning for this unit.

Unit 5 – Management Accounting. The overall aim of this unit is to introduce the fundamentals of management accounting which apply to the wider business environment and the organisations which operate within that environment. You will explore how management

accounting uses financial data to aid planning decisions, and the monitoring and control of finance within organisations.

Unit 6 – Managing a Successful Business Project. The aim of this unit is to offer you an opportunity to demonstrate the skills required for managing and implementing a project. You will undertake independent research and investigation for carrying out and executing a business project which meets appropriate business aims and objectives.

Unit 8 – Innovation and Commercialisation. This unit aims to equip you with a comprehensive understanding of innovation and commercialisation. In today’s competitive landscape it is critical that organisations continually innovate both their product offering and processes to ensure that they remain competitive in the market. Furthermore, adopting a more commercially driven approach is vital to maximise the Return on Investment (ROI).

Unit 9 – Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. This unit provides you with an understanding of the definition and scope of entrepreneurship and an understanding of the enablers and barriers to business start-up.

Entry requirements

You will be required to have either:

  • a BTEC Level 3 qualification in business
  • a GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent and/or 9 to 4 – or equivalent) in subjects such as maths and English
  • other related level 3 qualifications
  • an Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
  • related work experience
  • an international equivalent of the above.

You will be assessed by …

  • Academic graphic display – this technique asks students to create documents providing well-presented information for a given purpose. Could be a hard or soft copy.
  • Case study – this technique presents students with a specific example to which they must select and apply knowledge.
  • Presentation – this technique asks students to deliver a project orally or through demonstration.
  • Written task or report – this technique asks students to complete an assignment in a structured written format, for example, a business plan, a report, marketing communication, set of instructions, giving information.
What's next?

On successful completion you may be able to apply for the part-time Level 5 Higher National Diploma or the full-time second year Foundation Degree in Business Management at the College.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: UX9015

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £2775

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 17 This course is not usually available to this age group. Please contact or phone reception on 01752 305 300 for advice.
18 - 23 A
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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