BTEC HND in Business


  • H.E. Students


Start date: September 2024
Location: Paddington Green Campus
Attendance: Full-time
Duration: 2 years
Fee: £5,500

To apply for the BTEC HND in Business, you will need to do so through UCAS.
Course code: BU01
Institution code: W51

Apply via UCAS

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:

  • Business & the Business Environment
  • Business Law
  • Financial Accounting
  • Marketing Essentials
  • Managing a Business Project
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management Accounting
  • Management and Operations

In the second year units will include:

  • Business strategy
  • Brand Management
  • Planning for Growth
  • Research Project (2 units)
  • Consumer Behaviour / Insight Unit
  • Employee Relations
  • Organisational Behaviour

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 BTEC 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).


The fees for this course are calculated on an annual basis. 


This course is two years in length with each year comprising of 30 weeks.  

Work Placement

There may be the opportunity to carry out a work placement during this course. 

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

BTEC HND Business

Where have students gone to after completing this course?


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


What are the expected employment areas with this course?

Accountancy, Finance, Human Resources, Management, Marketing

Awarding Body

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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 80 UCAS tariff points (e.g. be in possession of a OCR/BTEC National Diploma in Business or two A levels) or other equivalent qualifications (you may be assessed at interview).

Mature students with no formal qualifications may be considered if they have good communication skills and relevant work experience. This will be subject to a written assessment and interview to assess suitability for the course. Some candidates are required to attend a personal interview. Candidates are required to provide a suitable reference. 


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. Please be aware that unless expressly stated, the cost of your course is for a single year only. 

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 £25,725 a year.
  • Repayments are 9% of everything earned in excess of £25,725.  
  • 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 £25,725 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 £25,725 then you will never have to repay the loan.  
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Important Information

Please note that to ensure students get the best experience possible, our Higher Education courses will run subject to numbers. If we are unable to meet our minimum threshold, we will aim to direct you to a provider who has a similar offer.