HND Business (top-up)

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

This programme is aimed at students who have completed the HNC Business, who are looking to progress their career within this sector.

Students in employment are also able to undertake this programme as a Higher Apprenticeship.

What will I learn

In year 1, you will study four core modules:
• The business environment
• Marketing principles
• Accounting and finance principles
• Business project
Then you will select an additional two modules from the following options:
• Entrepreneurial small business management
• Business law
• Introduction to microeconomics
• Introduction to macroeconomics
• Economic schools of thought
• Financial accounting
• Management and HR
• Enterprise and commercialisation
In year 2, you will study four core modules:
• Business research project
• Work-based learning
• Organisations, culture, and behaviour
• 21st century business strategy
Then you will select an additional two modules from the following options:
• The modern consumer
• Ethical brand management
• Responsible growth
• Paying for the state: tax, the individual and business
• Economics of public policy
• International trade
• Macroeconomic policy
• Transparency in finance
• Responsible management accounting

How will the courses be assessed?

A series of written and practical work is assessed by your tutors 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 48
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.


Completion of the HND Business provides a valuable vocational qualification to enhance students' career prospects, and provides progression to top-up honours degrees.