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Course Type: Higher National Business Diploma

Validated by: Edexcel
Programme cost: £5600
Course Delivery: E-Learning

The Higher National Diploma in Business course is carefully chosen for you by this college in the north of England and is completely flexible to meet your study needs, as a result you can start whenever you are ready. You can decide how and when you want to study and which modules you are interested in, as well as how fast you want to go. This course has no set start date, and the modules can be started during any month of the year, meaning that you are not limited to the traditional September start dates of some other courses.

When you join the course you’ll be given access to study materials and resources through our excellent “Virtual Learning Environment”. This will allow you to study the Higher National Diploma in Business at your own pace supported by the online resources. These resources include all the learning materials for the course and online access to tutor support throughout your studies.

You’ll also get online access to the course text books for every module that you study through the “Virtual Learning Environment” using standard web browsers without the need to buy specialist software.


    Giving you a greater insight into business fundamentals, this Higher National Diploma course is a major workplace qualification which includes a broad range of highly relevant business and management subject areas, making it ideal for those who have started, or are planning to move into a career in private or public sector business. You will study 16 modules in total throughout your time as a student with the University Centre at Blackburn College.

    This well-established national qualification is at an intermediate level and places academic theory and learning within a practical vocational context. You’ll look at the role of marketing and what it takes to make your products sell profitably, as well as overall strategy and the environments that affect how we conduct business with both companies and individuals. You’ll also study the role of organisational behaviour in business and the role of HR – and much, much more including Finance, Ethics and Project Management.

    You will be encouraged to broaden your personal understanding of business and develop valuable transferable skills to really enhance your employment prospects.


    You’ll need to demonstrate your ability to study at an intermediate undergraduate level. You might have the international equivalent of a BTEC National Diploma or A Levels, as well as international equivalents of GCSEs. You will need to have an IELTs score of 5.5 in order to join the programme.

    Business EnvironmentManaging Financial Resources and DecisionsOrganisations and Behaviour

    Marketing Principles

    Financial Accounting and Reporting

    Marketing Planning

    Human Resources Development

    The Intranet and E-Business

    Aspects of Contract and Negligence for BusinessBusiness Decision MakingBusiness Strategy

    Management Accounting: Costing and Budgeting

    Operations Management in Business

    Project Management for Business

    Business Ethics


    The order that you study the modules in will vary depending on when you join the course.

    The recommended course duration is 2 years, however it is possible to complete the programme in less time or even take up to the maximum of 3 years – you decide on how fast you complete the modules and assessments.


    During the course you’ll be assessed by a variety of methods – these assessments can take the form of individual coursework assignments and tests throughout the course. There will be feedback provided with each assessment grade to enable you to further develop your knowledge and skills.


    Once you have successfully completed the programme you should have the motivation, attitude and commitment to pursue a career in business, and play a full part in commerce and the wider community. Further study is also strongly encouraged. After successfully completing the Higher National Diploma you have the opportunity to progress onto a BA (Hons) Business Studies degree programme validated by the University of Glamorgan. This requires students to undertake an additional one year of study, with the course commencing every September.


“Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can; there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did” ~ Sarah Caldwell

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