Starts: 27/09/2019

Duration: 32 Week(s)

Where: Harrow on the Hill Campus

When: Monday-Friday 09:00 to 17:00

Concession Fee

Home student: £5502 Overseas student: £7164 The fees quoted are for home and overseas students for one year of study and include tuition, exam fee, materials, ID card (which gives access to the college and facilities e.g. library) and college registration. Whether you pay a 'home' or 'overseas' fee depends on whether you meet certain criteria. Harrow College does not create the criteria for fee status. The fee status criteria is provided in regulations and guidance, published by the government. If you are unsure about your status you should contact the Careers Team. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) also has information about residency for international students.

Entry Requirements

English and maths GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*- C) or equivalent and a UCAS Tariff of 48 points (MP or PPP) from a related full Level 3 qualification such as A-Level, BTEC or Access to Higher Education. International students require an IELTS score of 5.5. Mature students with relevant work experience and/or professional qualifications are also welcome to apply.

Who is the course for

This course is for those who wish to pursue a career in a wide range of business areas such as marketing, HR or finance etc. Besides being a standalone qualification this course is also for those students who wish to progress onto the 2nd year of a university degree course or complete the HND component of a Higher National qualification.

Course Content

The qualification comprises a minimum of 120 credits of which 75 credits are mandatory core. The programme must contain a minimum of 65 credits at level 4. The Harrow College HNC programme with blended learning comprises the following units: Mandatory Core Units

  • Business and the Business Environment. Level 4. 15 credits.
  • Marketing Essentials. Level 4. 15 credits.
  • Human Resource Management. Level 4. 15 credits.
  • Management and Operations. Level 4. 15 credits.
  • Management Accounting. Level 4. 15 credits.
  • Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson Set). Level 4. 15 credits.

Optional Units

  • Business Law. Level 4. 15 credits.
  • Entrepreneurship & Small Business Enterprise. Level 5. 15 credits.

Study Methods

A range of teaching and learning strategies are used throughout the course. This includes formal lectures, presentations, small group activities, talks by guest speakers, planned business trips, video presentations and a range of other interactive methods. The HNC has 1,200 hours of total qualification time. This is an estimate of the total time it could reasonably be expected for a learner to achieve the qualification. 40% or 480 hours of the allocated time is spent at college in lecturers and workshops. This is 15 hours per week, with half spent in lectures (taught lessons) and half in workshops. (Opportunities for research with lecturer support). The remaining 60% or 720 hours will be spent completing independent study, for example, completing assignments, working at home or in the LRC.

How is the course assessed

This course is 100% coursework assessed. There are no external examinations. For each unit it will be necessary to produce a portfolio of assignments to demonstrate that the grading criteria have been achieved for the unit. These assignments may be:

  • Written assignments
  • Briefing Papers and Fact Sheets
  • Tests
  • Role plays
  • Group work
  • Project work
  • Presentations
  • Other suitable methods.

On completion of tasks the work is marked and graded by the internal assessor at the College and then subjected to internal verification (IV) process. It is presented to the External Examiner (EE) for approval that the marking and moderation has been accurate, fair and reliable. The EE provides the College with a final annual report that is shared within the departmental HE teachers. Any actions and recommendations are noted and an action plan is followed for following academic year.

Final grades are agreed by an assessment board in a formal assessment board meeting where learner’s coursework and grades are discussed and finalised. The board is comprised of members of the lecturing team, management, a quality representative and an external board verifier is also invited. This is an academic review and following this, grades will be published and will be available to students.

Where next - Further Studies

Students passing the HNC course may be able to progress onto a Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, with a view to completing a full degree programme at university. Many professional bodies also recognise the HNC for further professional study. Some universities will take students into either year 1 or year 2 of a degree course.

Harrow College has an agreement with Coventry University, allowing students to progress onto one of their top up courses in the following subjects at their London campus:

  • BA Global Business Top Up
  • BA Global Marketing Top Up
  • BA Accounting and Finance for International Business Top Up
  • BA International Hospitality and Tourism Top Up

Where next - Job Opportunities

The skills offered as part of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate can provide graduates with the opportunity to work in many different areas of the Business sector. Jobs roles include: HR co-ordinator, marketing assistant, customer service assistant. Many of our students have gone into the banking sector at Barclays and Citibank.

More Information

Please click here for the Course Handbook – containing full course details plus information on

  • Assessment and grading
  • College rules and resources
  • Student support and representation.

For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS).The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year. The OfS has publishes providers on its Register and HCUC (Harrow College and Uxbridge College) has been registered since 10 December 2018. Please visit for more information.

Last updated 14 March 2019

How to Apply

All applications for HND courses are through UCAS (Universities and College Admissions Service). For an application pack, contact UCAS on 01242 227788 or visit

For information and advice from the College you can also make an initial application by clicking the Apply Now button below. Our Careers Team can provide you with support and advice to help you through the UCAS process.

Starts: 27/09/2019

Duration: 32 Week(s)

Where: Harrow on the Hill Campus

When: Monday-Friday 09:00 to 17:00

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