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HNC/HND Business

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Course Code: HE0032-1C Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: Central Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 2 Years Qualification: Higher National Diploma (HND) - Business Awarding Body: Pearson

This course will help you develop your understanding of business theories, and how they can be linked to business practice. It will give you the skills and confidence to make your entrepreneurial ideas work more successfully in the real world, as well as providing you with an educational foundation for a range of administrative and management careers, opening the door to specialised studies that are directly relevant to individual vocations and professions. HNC is awarded on completion of one year, following which students can progress to the second year to gain the HND. 

Key features

  • Talks from industry professionals
  • Small class sizes
  • Experienced and passionate teaching staff
  • Central Brighton location
  • Employment-focused and industry-relevant course

This business course will meet your needs, whether you are a student who is continuing your education and wanting a clear route into either a good job, gaining a BA (Hons) degree, or a mature student who wants to return to gain a missed educational qualification. Higher National Diplomas are nationally recognised qualifications that can improve your CV and lead you to a successful career in Business.

Entry requirements

Interview and normally a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma or A Level. Minimum 48 UCAS points.

Three GCSEs (minimum grade C or 4/5 including English language and maths or a science).

International students: IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required for all the sub-skills elements, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and an equivalent overseas qualification.

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Entry requirements

You will gain flexibility, knowledge and motivation skills, as a basis for future studies and career development. The course will also provide you with a range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attitudes, essential for successful performance in working life.

At the MET, we celebrate ambition and strive to equip our students with the skills necessary for a life and career in the modern world. Our IT suites and quality learning resources provide a fantastic environment to explore course areas and gain the knowledge that employers value.

The course is assessed by a mixture of in-course assignment work and end of unit examination assignments. Course work assignments can take the form of business reports, business briefings, individual or group presentations, time-constrained assessments, presentations of individual research.

This course is run as a modular course over two years. On successful completion of the first year, students are awarded an HNC (Higher National Certificate) and can then move on to the second year to gain the HND (Higher National Diploma). Students are required to complete and pass 16 units, eight in year 1 and eight in year 2. There are eight business core units and eight specialist units.

HNC (Year 1) core units:

    Business and the business environment
    Marketing essentials
    Human resource management
    Management and operations
    Management accounting
    Managing a successful business project

HND (Year 2) core units:

    Research project and organisational behaviour

Facilities

Access to quality teaching resources, rooms and studios

Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the METs virtual learning environment

Library and computing facilities

Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support

Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks

A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon, both open to the public and offering exceptional value

Facilities

Progression

This nationally recognised HND qualification is at the same level as the second year of a BA degree course. On completion of the HND, students can either enter employment or they may be able to join the final year of a BA course at a university. 

Potential careers include:

  • Retail manager
  • Sales manager
  • Business consultant
  • General manager
  • Human resources officer
  • Training and development officer
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Human resources manager
  • Business manager
  • Business development manager
  • Business advisor
  • Office manager
Progression
Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Financial manager or director

Typical Tasks:

  • Participates in the formulation of strategic and long-term business plans, assesses the implications for the organisation financial mechanisms and oversees their implementation.
  • Plans external and internal audit programmes, arranges for the collection and analysis of accounting, budgetary and related information, and manages the company.
  • Determines staffing levels appropriate for accounting activities.
  • Assesses and advises on factors affecting business performance.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 2.3% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £25,526

AVERAGE £50,193

POTENTIAL £99,860

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Speaking
  • Learning Strategies

Sales accounts or business development manager

Typical Tasks:

  • Liaises with other senior staff to determine the range of goods or services to be sold, contributes to the development of sales strategies and setting of sales targets.
  • Discusses employer's or clients' requirements, carries out surveys and analyses customers reactions to product, packaging, price, etc.
  • Compiles and analyses sales figures, prepares proposals for marketing campaigns and promotional activities and undertakes market research.
  • Handles customer accounts.
  • Recruits and trains junior sales staff.
  • Produces reports and recommendations concerning marketing and sales strategies for senior management.
  • Keeps up to date with products and competitors.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 1.7% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £25,623

AVERAGE £44,285

POTENTIAL £84,318

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Learning Strategies

Marketing associate professional

Typical Tasks:

  • Discusses business methods, products or services and targets customer group with employer or client in order to identify marketing requirements.
  • Establishes an appropriate quantitative and qualitative market research methodology and prepares proposals outlining programmes of work and details of costs.
  • Collates and interprets findings of market research and presents results to clients.
  • Discusses possible changes that need to be made in terms of design, price, packaging, promotion etc. in light of market research with appropriate departments.
  • Briefs advertising team on client requirements, monitors the progress of advertising campaigns and liaises with client on potential modifications.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 1.1% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £15,639

AVERAGE £25,916

POTENTIAL £46,430

Desired Skills:
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Speaking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Business sales executive

Typical Tasks:

  • Discusses customer requirements and advises them on the capabilities and limitations of the goods or services being sold.
  • Quotes prices, credit details, delivery dates and payment arrangements and arranges for delivery and installation of goods if appropriate.
  • Makes follow up visits to ensure customer satisfaction and to obtain further orders.
  • Stays abreast of advances in product/field and suggests possible improvements to product or service.
  • Maintains records and accounts of sales made and handles customer complaints.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 1.1% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £15,893

AVERAGE £27,924

POTENTIAL £54,054

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Learning Strategies
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