HNC Sustainable Business Management and Economics

Delivered at Nelson and Colne College University Centre
Start Date September 2024
Duration 1 Year
Cost £9000.00

* The fees charged on your course will not rise by more than inflation during your studies but the College reserves the right to increase fees annually by not more than RPIX (Retail Prices Index excluding Mortgage Interest).

If your studies are to be funded by your employer or as part of an Apprenticeship then different rates may apply, please enquire for details.

** All fees are payable to Nelson and Colne College Group University Centre

Course overview

Are you interested in inflation, interest rates and how resources are distributed? This Higher National
Certificate not only explores business, but the economic problems businesses may face and how to
solve them. You will gain the knowledge, skills, techniques, and behaviours needed to support your
career as a professional who is not only entrepreneurial but has an ethical agenda.

What will I learn

You will study six core modules:
ƒ The business environment
ƒ Marketing principles
ƒ Accounting and finance principles
ƒ Business project
ƒ Introduction to microeconomics
ƒ Introduction to macroeconomics

How will the courses be assessed?

A series of written and practical work
is assessed by your lecturers and will
determine your overall grade.

Entry requirements

Candidates are selected on the basis of their ability to cope with
and benefit from the programme. Their suitability can be
demonstrated either through previous educational achievement or
through experience and aptitude.

Admission by prior qualification will normally require a minimum 32
UCAS Tariff points with the majority of the points gained in
humanites or business subjects. Typically, points can be derived
o One GCE A level or Vocational A level pass or
o Two AS level passes
o BTEC National Diploma/Certificate
o Other qualifications such as Scottish Highers, Welsh
Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificates,
International Baccalaureate, with the required UCAS
o A pass in a recognised Access course
o Equivalent Scottish or Irish qualifications

Admission by experience and aptitude will be based on the length
and type of the candidate’s employment experience and his/her
ability to demonstrate an aptitude and enthusiasm for the
subject. As part of this process, candidates may be required to
undertake aptitude tests and/or to provide personal and/or
employment references.

Maths & English Grade C and above should be held, or Functional
Skills Level 2 as an alternative, as well as basic IT skills


On completion of the Higher National Certificate, you can go on to study a Foundation Degree or find employment within the sector. Students completing this HNC who progress to one of the College's Foundation Degrees in Sustainable Business Management will enter at level 5 rather than level 4. This will shorten the FdA to one year full-time or two years part-time