BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (QCF)
(previously known as BTEC Higher National Diploma in Business)
The new BTEC Higher Nationals in Business have been accredited onto the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and the aim is to provide students with a sound business education, suitable for those seeking a range of careers in industry, commerce and public administration and thus enabling them to be more successful when seeking employment. It is a well regarded qualification for entry to Higher Education and advanced professional studies and most Universities will accept it as entry to their third year degree programmes.
BTEC HND's are internationally recognised qualifications and are validated, administered and verified by BTEC which is part of Edexcel, a Pearson company, and the UK's largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications.
The Diploma offered by the college is unique since it is based on an international context and this, together with the learning methods utilised, enable students to take an active part in their own learning. Course tutors help to generate motivation and self-reliance, which stimulates interest among students as they develop into an active group using their skills to work as a team.
Students will be assessed on their submitted work during the course. Grades are awarded by the college and approved by the BTEC External Verifier.
A BTEC course leader will be available to guide students through the course and to help them understand the principles of BTEC.
It is, above all, a practical course, designed to develop the skills of students to be able to solve problems, which are likely to arise in any future employment. In addition, it enables students to continue their studies since it gives entry, and in some cases exemption, to a whole range of recognised diploma and degree courses. It is also possible to obtain subject for subject exemptions in other diploma and professional qualifications.
Students must be aged 18 years or over. They must possess four GCSE's or an equivalent qualification AND at least one Advanced level (A level) subject, or a BTEC first Diploma, plus a reasonable knowledge of the English language. Mature students (over 21 years of age) may be exempt from this requirement on grounds of experience.
Duration of Course
Each Course lasts two academic years consisting of two 15 week semesters per year, a total of 60 weeks tuition in 4 semesters.
There are two intakes of students per year, one in February and one in September.
For those starting in February:
The first academic year commences in February and ends in late January the following year and the second year follows the same pattern. The opportunity exists for those students who progress well through the course to finish in June thereby completing only three semesters. This assumes they will complete the full 16 unit programme so saving the cost of one semester. This is know as the fast track programme.
For those starting in September:
The first academic year commences in late September and ends in June the following year. This is the same for the second academic year.
The course is structured around formal classes, seminars, tutorials and individual tuition. In addition, students will be expected to undertake private study. Students will have to prepare at least two assignments per subject per term.
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The BTEC HND is equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree programme at a UK University. These qualifications are designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment in management roles.
The qualification enables to students to apply for the third year of a related business degree at university. HND’s are also accepted for entry to Post-graduate Diploma in Management programmes.
Duration of course: Two years full-time study.
The Higher National Diploma in Business comprises 8 core units plus 8 option units:
The Higher National Certificate in Business comprises 6 core units plus 4 option units:
Unit 1: Business Environment
Unit 2: Managing Financial Resources
Unit 3: Organisations and Behaviour
Unit 4: Marketing Principles
Unit 5: Aspects of Contract and Negligence for Business
Unit 6: Business decision making
Unit 7: Business Strategy
Unit 8: Research Project
To achieve Higher National Certificate level, students must gain a further 8 option units.
Unit 9 Management Accounting
Unit 10: Financial Systems and Audting
Unit 11: Financial Reporting
Unit 12: Taxation
Business & Management Business & Marketing
Unit 13: Managing Activities
Unit 14: Managing People
Unit 15: Managing Information
Unit 16: Managing Self
Unit 17 Marketing Intelligence
Unit 18 Advertising and Promotion
Unit 19 Marketing Planning
Unit 20 Sales Planning and Operations;
Business & Marketing
Unit 21: Human Resource Management
Unit 22: Managing Human Resources Issues
Unit 23: Human Resource Development
Unit 24: Employee Relations
Unit 25: Purchasing.
Unit 26: Quality Management.
Unit 27: Small Business Management.
Unit 28: Environmental Management.
Unit 29: European Business.
CORE units - outline of contents
Unit 1: BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT
1 Objectives and purposes of organisations.
2 Local and national economy.
3 External market factors.
4 European dimension.
Unit 2: MANAGING FINANCIAL RESOURCES
1. Sources of finance.
2. Finance as a resource.
3. Financial performance.
4. Financial decisions.
Unit 3: ORGANISATIONS AND BEHAVIOUR
1 Approaches to management.
2 Organisational structure and culture.
3 Motivation theories and management practices.
4 Behaviour of individuals.
Unit 4: MARKETING PRINCIPLES
1. Marketing process.
2. Target Marketing.
3. Marketing mix.
4. Market segments.
Unit 5: BUSINESS CONTRACTS AND NEGLIGENCE IN BUSINESS
Unit 6: BUSINESS DECISION MAKING
1 Collection of primary and secondary
2 Analysing data; 3 Formatting information
4 Software generated information
Unit 7: BUSINESS STRATEGY
1 Strategic planning
2 New strategie
3Evaluation and selection
Unit 8: RESEARCH PROJECT
1 Strategic planning.
3 Strategy implementation
OPTIONS - outline of contents
Unit 9: MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING
1 Concept and measurement of cost
2 Collect and analyse cost information
3 Budgets and cash flow forecasts
4 Monitor and control costs and budgets
Unit 10: FINANCIAL SYSTEMS AND AUDITING
1 Financial systems
2 Management control
3 Nature and purposes of internal and external audit
4 Auditing techniques
Unit 11: Financial Reporting
1 Legal and regulatory framework
2 Financial statements
3 Formats for publication
Unit 12: TAXATION
1 Tax practitioner and the UK tax environment
2 Personal tax
3 Sole traders and partnerships
4 Corporation tax
5 Capital gains tax
Unit 13: Managing activities
1 Organisational structure
2 Plan work activities
3 Manage work activities
4 Quality of products and services
5 Health & safety
Unit 14: MANAGING PEOPLE
1 Select personnel
3 Allocate work
4 Evaluatre performance
5 Disciplinary and grievance procedures
Unit 15: MANAGING INFORMATION
1 Type of information
2 Sources of information
3 Gather information
4 Analyses information
5 Record and store information
6 Dissemination channels
Unit 16: MANAGING SELF
1 Skills audit
2 Development plan
3 Review and monitor progress
4 Evaluate progress
Business & marketing options units
Unit 17: MARTKET INTELLIGENCE
1 Buyer behaviour
2 Market resarech techniques
3 Competitir analysis
4 Customer satisfaction
Unit 18: ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION
1 Communication environment
3 Below the line techniques
Unit 19: MARKETING PLANNING
1 Marketing austits
2 Marketing plan
3 Ethical issues
Unit 20: SALES PLANNING AND OPERATIONS
1 Field selling
2 Sales management
3 Controlling sales output
4 Sales environment
Business & personnel options
Unit 21: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
1 Personnel management and the new approach of human resource management.
2 Prrocdures and practices used for obtaining suitable employees
3 Principles and procedures for monitoring and reward the employee
4 Employess exit from the organization
Unit 22: MANAGING HUMAN RESOURCE ISSUES
1 Differing perspectives of human management
2 Flexiblity within the workplace
3 Equal opportunities within the workplace
4 Welfare provision
5 Human resource practices
Unit 23: HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
1 Learning theory
2 Systemmtic approach to training
3 Training methods
4 Government-led training initiatives
Unit 24: EMPLOYEEE RELATIONS
1 Unitary and pluralistic frames of reference
2 Industrial conflict and the resolution of collective disputes
3 Collective bargaining and negotiations
4 Employee participation
5 Shift from industrial relations to employee relations
Unit 25: PURCHASING
1 Purchasing function
2 Information sources and criteria
3 Quantities and quality of goods
4 National and transnational organization
Unit 26: QUALITY MANAGEMENT
1 Development of quality management
2 Approaches to quality management
3 Systems and procedures
Unit 27: SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
1 Analyse perfornmance
2 Improve management and business performance
3 Business opbjectives and plans
Unit 28: ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
2 Impact on the environment
3 Environmental management
4 Waste management
Unit 29: EUROPEAN BUSINESS
1 Effect of membership on UK economic policy
2 Patterns of trade
3 Implications for UK organisations of the enlargement of the EU
4 Assess opportunities for selling
More option units are available. for full list and specification visit the edexcel website