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HND Business (UCAS: 8T15)

The HND Business is a course for individuals seeking to develop applied business knowledge covering a variety of subject areas. Studying the HND Business at Calderdale College will provide you with access to high quality teaching professionals, who are business subject specialists, as well as technology to enhance your studies, a multitude of resources and a vibrant learning environment. In addition, there is an active student social scene, and new sports, fitness & leisure facilities.


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 provides you with an extensive overview of practical business skills, which will give you a strong foundation of knowledge, upon which to build a successful career within your chosen organisation or sector. Topics may include Marketing, E-Business, Project Management, Events Management, Human Resource Management, Business Strategy, and Personal Development.

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. The course includes the option of an overseas residential visit.

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 have previous students come and talk to learners about their 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 HND Business is provided by a team of qualified staff who are experienced in their respective fields. 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 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 debates and role play. Learners throughout the course are encouraged to be independent and autonomous consequently there is 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

An interview with a specialist tutor is required in order ascertain suitability for the course. You must satisfy vocational tutors at interview of your suitability and potential to succeed.

Questions & Answers

What will be studied?

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

What makes the course special?

H.E Business is a progressive and developing area of the College, and as such, is definitely the right choice for affordable higher education qualifications in Business and Management. The course includes the option of an overseas residential visit (subject to numbers and approval).

Does the course lead to a qualification?

The course leads to a Higher National Diploma (HND).

What does the student do on completion of the course?

On completion of the course you have a variety of options. You can choose to undertake an additional top up year in order to attain an Honours Degree, or you can seek employment.

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, production of electronic material and leaflets. Candidates will be assessed throughout the course by completing a personal development plan, portfolio, course work, presentation, written reviews, evaluations, self evaluations, case studies and a file of evidence.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Previous students have gone to study a top up degree at various universities. These include the BA (Hons) in Business Administration and Management at the University of Huddersfield, the BA (Hons) in Business Management at Bradford College and the BA (Hons) in Business at various other UK universities. In addition, some students have undertaken more specialist degree programmes in marketing, project management, finance and events management. Students have also gone on to internships with multi-national companies, entry level management positions, as well as more specialists roles within finance, marketing and human resources departments. The HND in Business is a well-respected and recognised qualification throughout the business sector and as such, can provide a variety of opportunities to HND 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: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 10.5 hours per week
  • Days: Monday Evening and Wednesday Day
  • Start Time: 4.00 pm (Monday) and 9.00 am Wednesday
  • End Time: 8.30 pm (Monday) and 4.00 pm Wednesday
  • Duration: 2 Years (Full-time)
  • Course Fees: £7000 per year. 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

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  • Level: Level 4/HNC
  • Qualification Name: Higher National Diploma in Business (Level 5)
  • Awarding Body: Edexcel Pearson

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