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The Business BTEC HNC (QCF) course, awarded by Pearson, provides students with a broad understanding of the main functions at play in successful businesses. The course is ideal for anyone looking to work in business, whether that be in a small company or large corporate organisation. The course also provides an excellent basis for those who are looking to set up and run their own company. Students will gain an appreciation of each of the main departments and roles with today’s contemporary organisations.

Did you know?

There are currently around 5.5 million businesses registered in the UK and, in London, there are 1,464 businesses per 10,000 residents. That’s a lot of employment opportunity.

  • Award: Business BTEC HNC
  • Application method: Apply directly to UCAS
  • UCAS code: N101
  • Location: Havering College of Further and Higher Education
  • Awarding Body: Pearson
  • Students who complete the course successfully will receive a Business BTEC HNC Level 4 qualification awarded by Pearson.


Lectures take place on:

  • Tuesdays from 13:00 - 17:00
  • Wednesdays from 09:00 - 16:00
  • Fridays from 10:00 - 15:00

The exact days are subject to change and timetables will be available in your student handbook at the beginning of the course.


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, workshops and one-to-one tutorials:

  • Lectures will provide you with most of the fundamental subject information knowledge that you will require and will be taught in large groups
  • Workshops will tackle specific topics in more detail
  • One-to-one meetings with your personal tutor will give you the opportunity to discuss topics in detail, highlight any areas of difficulty and discuss your progression through the course

Independent learning

When you are not attending lectures, workshops and tutorials, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning will be supported by our excellent facilities, including the library and the learning zone.

Overall workload

In a typical week, the full-time course workload will include 13 hours of lectures and workshops, with tutorials booked in as needed.

Over the course of the year, you will spend 77% of your time in timetabled teaching and learning activity:

  • Teaching and learning and assessment: 442 hours
  • Independent learning: 132 hours

Entry Requirements

For entry to this course you will need at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Our typical entry requirement to this course is 48 UCAS points from level 3 qualifications including A Levels, BTEC Level 3 Diplomas, Access to Higher Education Diploma in Business, Scottish Highers, Advanced Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate, - Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate and MMP Extended Diploma

*Based on new UCAS points system used from 2017

Additional requirements:

  • GCSE English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above, or equivalent level 2 qualifications
  • A face-to-face interview may be required before an offer can be made

Additional information for international students:

If English is not your first language, you will need an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.

Where will it take me?

Your HNC could be the first step towards many careers, including business management, office management, digital marketing, human resources management, supply chain management, sales, and business consultancy.

The Business BTEC HNC course provides students with the experience needed to pursue further studies in business and related fields, including degrees in general business or more specific disciplines, such as marketing, human resources or management. The course has been designed to meet the requirements of modern businesses and is underpinned by the research knowledge and industry experience of our staff.

By the end of the course, students should be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of business and a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills obtained through research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios.

Students will learn the skills needed to meet challenging targets, to be adaptable and flexible in their approach and show resilience under pressure.

Course Modules

  • Business and the Business Environment
  • Marketing Essentials
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management and Operations
  • Management Accounting
  • Managing a Successful Business
  • Business Law
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

The course operates on a modular basis, with each module carrying 15 academic credits. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking 30 credits per semester. The full HNC qualification is worth 120 credits.

Your overall grade for the course will be based on the marks obtained for all modules.

Course Assessment Method


This course provides you with the opportunity to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice, or formative, assessment for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them will not count towards your module mark.

There will be formal, or summative, assessment during, or at the end of, each module. Formal assessment will be solely through a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance presentations and projects. The grades from your formal assessments will count towards your module mark.

All modules, with the exception of the Managing a Successful Business module, will be assessed at the college. The Managing a Successful Business module will be assessed externally.


You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework and examination within three weeks of your submission. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

You must achieve a pass in every module in order to finish the course and gain your qualification. Students’ work will be graded according to the Pearson criteria with a pass mark further classified as a pass, merit or distinction grade.

Course costs

The following course related costs are included in the fees:

  • Course textbooks
  • Access to the Learning Resource Centre
  • Access to the computer facilities
  • Access to College Support Services
  • Membership of the College Union
  • Lectures and tutorials
  • Assessment
  • Registration costs
  • Annual printing allowance of £10
  • Use of paper and online journals provided in the library

The following costs are not included in the fees:

  • Course books, other than the set text. You will be provided with a book list so that you are able to buy additional textbooks if you wish, although there are multiple copies available in the library
  • Additional printing over and above the £10 allowance

Sources for financial support

If you receive funding from Student Finance, you may be eligible for additional benefits. Details can be found on the Student Services homepage -

How to apply?

Applications direct to UCAS for further assistance contact Admissions.

Where and When

Business HNC Diploma BTEC

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Fee Information

Course Code Study Mode Start Date Under 16 16-18 19+ International
B333HCF-19 Full Time 23/09/2019 N/A £5,000 £5,000 £6,500

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Notes About Fees

Fees shown are per year, they are estimated at this stage and will be confirmed at enrolment.

Find out more by speaking to Admissions:

  • For full-time further education courses call 01708 462833
  • For part-time further education courses call 01708 462801
  • For higher education courses, or if you’re an overseas student, call 01708 462801


  • To find out if you’re entitled to support call Student Services for advice on 01708 462718 ext 2718
  • You don’t have to pay tuition or admin fees if you’re 16-18 and studying a further education funded course.
  • You need to pay higher education course fees each academic year.
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Accrediting Body


2019/20 Prospectus

Havering College Course Guide 2019/20

Ofsted 2016 Report