BTEC Higher Nationals qualifications are recognised by employers around the world for their emphasis on developing practical skills alongside specialist knowledge and understanding of an industry or sector. With their strong focus on technical skills they help to address the high-level technical skills shortage that's an important issue in the UK and globally.
The HNC programme prepares you for a career within the business management sector. Our aim is to develop you into a professional, self-reflecting individual who is able to meet the demands of employers in the business sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. Understanding what makes businesses successful and how to respond to market forces can make you employable in a range of different industries.
This programme is equivalent to the first year of a standard three-year university degree. After the HNC you can progress onto our HND programme and then onto a one-year university top-up degree to enable you to complete a full degree.
You will develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the business sector. The eight units you will study are:
Business and the business environment
The aim of this unit is to provide the 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. You will explore the relationships that organisations have with their various stakeholders and how the wider external environments influence and shape business decision-making.
This unit is designed to introduce you to the principles of marketing. You will learn the underpinning theories and frameworks, relating them to real-world examples, including products and services that you encounter in your own daily life. Organisations such as Apple, Google, VISA, Burberry, Zara, Cadbury, Nestle, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Unicef, BP and small local businesses all have at least one thing in common: they all use marketing to influence us to engage with their products and/or services.
Whether it is by becoming a loyal customer buying a product and service or donating to a charity, organisations use a range of marketing techniques and tools to inform and influence us.
Human resource management
This unit enables 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. You will explore the tools and techniques used in HRM to maximise the employee contribution and how to use HR methods to gain competitive advantage, and become familiar with techniques of job design and with different reward systems.
Management and operations
This unit explores the difference between the function of a manager and the role of a leader considering 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.
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 be in a position to present financial statements to assist senior colleagues with financial business planning.
Managing a successful business project
This unit provides an opportunity to demonstrate the skills required for managing and implementing a project along with undertaking independent research. By the end of this unit, you will have the fundamental knowledge and skills to enable you to investigate and examine relevant business concepts within a work-related context, determine appropriate outcomes, decisions or solutions and present evidence to various stakeholders in an acceptable and understandable format.
Entrepreneurship and small business anagement
This unit provides an understanding of the definition and scope of entrepreneurship and an understanding of the enablers and barriers to business start-up. You will also learn about the influence of national culture and economy on entrepreneurship exploring the personal characteristics of entrepreneurs and the impact of situational factors, including education and background along with the role of small firms to the economy.
Balancing the books is at the heart of all business management. The overall aim of this unit is to introduce essential financial accounting principles and techniques which will enable you to record and prepare basic final accounts. You will learn how to prepare accounts for sole traders and partnerships as well as limited companies.
Please note: Whilst every effort is made to run advertised programmes, this course will run subject to suitable student numbers.