BTEC HND in Business

Overview

  • International Students, H.E. Students

Details

To apply for the HND in Business Studies, you will need to do so through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Services), who administer all Higher Education Courses in England and Wales. Please visit their website www.ucas.com, and follow the instructions, selecting United Colleges Group then City of Westminster College (W51) as the institute where you wish to study.

Or you could apply for the HND Business Course by clicking here.

What does the course include?

The BTEC Higher National Diploma in Business is a vocational Higher Education course, it is designed to prepare you for a career in business through a combination of theoretical and practical teaching

In the first year units will include:

  • Managing Financial Resources
  • Business Decision Making
  • Management Accounts
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Financial Accounting & Reporting
  • Marketing
  • Business Environment
  • Law

In the second year units will include:

  • Business strategy
  • Research project
  • Working with & Leading People
  • Business Ethics
  • Employee Relations
  • Human Resource Management
  • Operations Management

How is the course assessed?

Coursework and continual assessment, there are no external exams although you may sometimes have in class tests.

Where does it lead?

The HND is a nationally and internationally recognised qualification throughout the business world. It provides a basic grounding in the core areas of business and management and leads to an enhanced career as well as promotion prospects. The HND gives automatic subject exemption from many professional qualifications.

Holders of the Higher National Diploma in Business can study for one additional year at various UK universities and gain a business degree (e.g. BA Honours in Business).

CWC has a Progression Agreement in Business with Pearson College London. Students graduating from HND Business are guaranteed an interview for Pearson College London's BSc (Hons) Business & Enterprise Top-up. Click here for more information on this qualification.

City of Westminster College's Progression Agreements are intended to enable students to progress from vocational programmes such as HNCs and HNDs to Higher Education, topping up their qualifications to gain full degrees.

These agreements guarantee applicants an interview from specific programmes at CWC to named programmes at particular higher education institutions.

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

BTEC HND Business

Where have students gone to after completing this course?

University

Could I earn money whilst doing this course, e.g. as an apprentice?

Yes

What are the expected employment areas with this course?

Accountancy

Awarding Body

Entry Requirements

What do I need to get on to the course?

You must:

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Have a GCSE in Maths and English (grade 4-5 (C) or above) or equivalent at level 2
  • Have a qualification worth 160 UCAS tariff points (e.g. be in possession of a OCR/BTEC National Diploma in Business or two A levels) or
  • Have a Higher National Certificate in Business or other equivalent qualifications (you may be assessed at interview).

If you are over 21 years old you may be considered for the course if you can demonstrate good communication skills. You will be required to sit a test to assess your suitability for the course.

All candidates are required to attend a personal interview

All candidates must supply a reference

You must:

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Have a GCSE in Maths and English (grades at 4-5 (C) or above) or equivalent at level 2
  • Have a qualification worth 160 UCAS tariff points (e.g. be in possession of a OCR/BTEC National Diploma in Business or two A levels) or
  • Have a Higher National Certificate in Business or other equivalent qualifications (you may be assessed at interview).

If you are over 21 years old you may be considered for the course if you can demonstrate good communication skills. You will be required to sit a test to assess your suitability for the course.

All candidates are required to attend a personal interview

All candidates must supply a reference

Support

Higher Education Fees

Paying for your course

To cover tuition fees, loans are available from the government. You may also get support towards your living costs. The amount you can borrow depends on where you live and your household income. There is also extra support for those with special circumstances, for example, if you have children or adult dependants, a disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition, or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.

How are these loans paid back?

You must pay back Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. You pay interest on these. 
You don’t have to pay back other student finance such as grants and bursaries.
Repayments are based on your income, not on what you have borrowed. 
You only start repaying the loan once you’ve left university or college and your income is over £25,000 a year.
  • Repayments are 9% of everything earned in excess of £25,000.  
  • If your income drops below this amount repayments stop.
  • Your repayments will be taken out of your salary at the same time as tax and National Insurance if you’re an employee.
  • If you’re self-employed HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will work out how much you pay from your tax return. You pay at the same time as you pay your tax.
As a part-time student who earns over £25,000 a year you have to start paying back your loans after 4 years even if the course hasn’t finished. 
After 30 years, regardless of what you have already repaid the debt is wiped. If you never earn over £25,000 then you will never have to repay the loan.  
 
For the most up-to-date information visit www.gov.uk/student-finance or check out some of their guides below:

Childcare

Financial support to help with childcare

Care to learn - childcare support for young people aged 16-20

If you are aged under 20 at the beginning of your course, or moving to the 2nd year of a level 3 course, and are caring for your own child you may be entitled to £175.00 maximum per week, per child through Care to Learn. 

Please ensure you register on the Care to Learn website even if you haven’t chosen your childcare provider or the course you want to study.  Once you have registered Care to Learn will confirm financial support in principle.

For further details and help with making an application please visit https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn or speak to a Student Advisor.

Childcare support for people aged 20+

Financial support towards the cost of nursery, childminder, breakfast clubs and after-school clubs.

If you are aged 20+ when you start a course and need financial support to help with the cost of childcare while you study the college may be able to help.

You will be required to make use of any government NEF or 2+ Funding before requesting any financial support from the college.

It is essential that you speak to a Student Advisor prior to enrolling on a course to discuss your personal circumstances, childcare needs and to find out if there are funds available.

Eligibility for help with childcare costs is based on your personal circumstances.

General eligibility criteria:

  • Aged 20 and over
  • Considered a home student for fee purposes
  • Fully enrolled on a programme of study funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency  or in receipt of a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan
  • Discussed and had confirmation of funding for childcare support before enrolling

Financial eligibility:

 You need to have evidence that you meet general discretionary Learner Support Funds or 19+ Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund criteria:

  • on a low income / a dependent of someone who is on a low income or in receipt of a means tested benefit e.g. Income Support / Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, housing benefit etc.

When looking for childcare please be aware:

  • all childcare providers must be OFSTED registered
  • any 2+ or 3+ government funding must be used by the student. Only additional hours needed for study will be funded by the College.
  • childcare will only be paid for days when you are attending College or a mandatory work placement.
  • students on full-time courses will be a priority for childcare funding.
  • childcare places will be subject to a contract between College/student/nursery.
  • childcare payments are made subject to students reaching 85% attendance on a monthly basis.

All childcare applicants approved for funding will be required to sign our Terms & Conditions and MUST inform the College immediately should they stop attending lessons for any reason.

Email learner.services@cwc.ac.uk to put your name on the childcare waiting list.  You MUST speak to a member of the Student Advice or Learner Services team before you enrol on a course.