Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business (Management)

Course overview

The success of all businesses depends on having people who are well qualified and experienced. This course combines practical and academic teaching methods to produce an understanding of different business concepts.

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Key Information:

Course duration: 2 Years
Study Mode: Full-time
Study Location: Birmingham Campus
Luton Campus

Course Level: 5
Award: Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma
Awarding Body: Edexcel

Modules Studied

Learners must achieve a minimum of 120 credits at level 5. The BTEC Level 5 HND will require approximately 960 guided learning hours (GLH), provided that BTEC level 4 HNC is half the size of the BTEC level 5 HND, which will require approximately 480 GLH.

First Year

Mandatory Core Modules

  • Business and the Business Environment
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management and Operations
  • Marketing Essentials
  • Management Accounting
  • Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set)

Optional Modules

  • Business Law
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

Second Year

Mandatory Core Modules

  • Research Project (A)
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Research Project (B)

Optional Modules

  • Business Strategy
  • Consumer Behaviour and Insight

Specialist Modules

  • Operations and Project Management
  • Understanding and Leading Change
  • Global Business Environment


Age: 19+

Entry Point - Year 1

Each applicant’s potential will be considered on individual bases in order to make a professional judgement about their ability to successfully complete the programme of study and achieve the qualification.

For learners who have recently been in education or training the entry profile is likely to include:

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Business
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent)
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution
  • Related work experience
  • An international equivalent of the above.
  • In addition, students will be required to attend an interview.

Students who do not have formal level 3 qualifications, but who have related experience, will be offered an interview to ensure they can cope with this level 5 course. In some cases, they may be offered a set of modules in the first year of the course to provide further development to higher education.

Entry Point - Year 2

  • A BTEC Higher National Diploma HNC Level 4 in Business
  • In addition, students will be required to attend an interview.

IELTS 5.5, with a minimum of 5.0 being awarded on individual sections (or equivalent) for all applicants whose first language is not English.

You will be assessed through written assignments and coursework.

The assignment criteria are provided by the awarding body.

Students who gain good grades on this Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Management) course may be eligible for entry to BA (Hons) Business Studies (Top-up) at universities in the UK.

Some learners may wish to use this Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Management) qualification in order to enter and further their career in a specialist area of employment in the sector, where learners may work towards professional membership or study for professional body examinations.