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HNC Business (UCAS: 8T15)

The HNC Business will suit individuals seeking to develop an applied business knowledge that covers a variety of subject specialisms. Studying the HNC Business at Calderdale College will provide you with access to high quality teaching professionals, who are business subject specialists, technology to enhance you studies, and a multitude of resources, within a vibrant learning environment. In addition, there is an active student social scene, and new sports, fitness, & leisure facilities. All of this brings you a fantastic opportunity to gain the right qualification, at the right place, and at the right price, helping to ensure you have a brighter future.


A mixture of business skills and knowledge is a crucial factor when considering future employability and/or career progression. A sound knowledge of the business discipline can be a desirable and highly marketable attribute in an increasingly competitive World. This popular course of study provides you with an extensive overview of practical and current business skills, which will provide you with a strong foundation of knowledge, on which to build a successful career. Modules may include Marketing, E-Business, Events Management, and Business Strategy, to name but a few. The student centred nature of the course may also facilitate modules being developed to meet the group’s specific subject preferences. The nature of the course allows you to gain essential business skills in addition to the knowledge, which in turn encourages more creative and innovative business application. This recognised and highly respected qualification can lead to improved employment prospects in variety of business roles, as well as the option of additional study in order to progress towards a full honours degree. This qualification is available to part time learners only. There is an expectation of a minimum of six hours private study per week.

We strive to embed a range of speakers throughout the course. Our speakers are both internal and external and may include learners services, other teaching departments, speakers from the industries such as finance, law and marketing. We occasionally include previous students to come and talk to current learners about their own experiences and where they are at now. As a College, we also strive to build links with the local community and businesses.

Teaching on the HNC Business is provided by a team of qualified staff who are experienced in their respective field. Teaching staff have been working in a number of business sectors ranging from finance, marketing, law and human resource. All staff endeavour to undertake all relevant training and ensure that their knowledge is continuously updated through training and attendance of key sessions with the relevant awarding body to ensure that they are well informed of any changes in national standards. 

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Sessions are delivered using a varying range of formats and teaching and learning strategies. This includes the use of lectures, seminars, presentations, workshops, in class discussions, debates and role play. Learners throughout the course are encourage to be independent and autonomous, consequently there is a significant focus and emphasis on independent study, which combined with taught sessions will stand learners in good stead to achieve their potential.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess BTEC National Certificate or BTEC National Diploma in a related subject or two A Level passes or one A Level pass with four GCSE grades A-C or 9-4 including English and Maths or relevant work experience. All applicants will be interviewed, where you will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment. Mature applicants (aged over 21 years) without formal qualifications but with appropriate relevant vocational experience are also welcome to apply. If English is not your first language, you will also need a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or above.

Interview Process

Interview with specialist tutor

Questions & Answers

What will be studied?

Modules may include Marketing, E-Business, Project Management, Business Environment, Business Strategy and Events Management.

How is the course assessed?

In addition to the varying teaching methods, we strive to embed a range of assessment methods to meet the needs of all learners. Some of the assessment methods that are currently used include presentations, written reports, reflective diaries, debates and production of electronic materials and leaflets.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Previous students have gone to study a level 5 HND in Business, top up degrees at various universities and a variety of professional qualifications in areas such as, leadership and management, marketing and accounting, to name but a few. Students have also gone on to enhance their careers gaining entry and mid-level management positions, as well as more specialist roles within finance, marketing and human resources departments. The HNC in Business is a well-respected and recognised qualification throughout the business sector and as such, can provide a variety of opportunities to HNC graduates.


Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team will provide help and advice for applicants, both before enrolment and during your study, including: financial advice, applications for grants and student loans, assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel.

During Your Study

You may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. Careers and student advisors are also available to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing into work or on to study at a higher level. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

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Course details

  • UCAS Code: 8T15
  • Institution Code: C01
  • Attendance: Part-time (evening)
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 4.5 hours a week (Monday)
  • Days: Monday
  • Start Time: 4.00 pm
  • End Time: 8.30 pm
  • Duration: 2 Years Part-Time
  • Course Fees: Price tbc. Students may be eligible for funding through Student Finance England. Please contact Student Services on 01422 399367 for more information. All full time higher education students must apply to Student Finance England for assistance towards fees. For help or advice with this please contact our Guidance Team on 01422-399367. The college has an Access to Learning Fund which students may access if they are facing financial difficulties. All part time higher education students should contact our guidance team on 01422-399367 for advice and guidance on course fees.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: HE & Professonal Studies
  • Department Manager: Katie Walker


  • Level: Level 4/HNC
  • Qualification Name: Higher National Certificate in Business (Level 4)
  • Awarding Body: Edexcel Pearson

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