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Business (Blended Learning) Higher National Certificate – C1401

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Course Overview

This is a blended learning full-time course giving you the opportunity to achieve a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in business over the course of one year. The blended course structure will require you to attend one full day at college whilst completing the remainder of your studies at home. The HNC is equivalent to the first year of a degree and will provide you with a range of essential business and management skills to further your career opportunities in your chosen sector.

It is intended that you will gain vocational experience through part-time work as well as engage in independent research into the topic under investigation (the independent study is a vital element of succeeding on the programme so commitment is essential).

What You'll Learn

Year 1

The course consists of core and specialist units including marketing processes and planning, accounting principles, human resource management, business environment, leadership and management and a business research project. The specialist units include innovation and commercialisation and entrepreneurial ventures.

Learning takes place through taught sessions and independent research, which is intended to help you gain the depth of understanding for a range of topics from application to assessed assignment criteria.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry to this course requires a minimum of 32 UCAS in a level 3 qualification (i.e. A-Level, extended/subsidiary diploma, Access to HE or T-Level) in a related subject.

You are also expected to hold GCSE English and maths at grade 4 (C) or equivalent.

We welcome applicants who do not meet our standard entry requirements but can demonstrate the ability to study this subject at university level and have evidence of relevant work experience.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed across a combination of case studies, presentations and written assignments.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Total Fees: £5250.00

Additional Costs

Eligible applicants may be able to apply for a tuition fee/maintenance loan through Student Finance England.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

As a graduate from this programme, you will be eligible to apply for the Higher National Diploma Business (Blended Learning) with us. After completion of the HND you can progress onto a full degree gaining a BSc in Business.

Previous graduates from this course have been successful as financial services personnel, public administrators, retail managers, sales and marketing executives.

What Happens Next

Applications to this full-time undergraduate course should made through UCAS at ucas.com using the course code B001, institution code L36. If you haven’t started a UCAS application yet, and only want to apply to Leicester College, you can apply directly to us using our direct application form via the College Website and we will process a UCAS application on your behalf.

Due to the nature of this programme, you may also be invited to attend an interview, or where necessary, other means of interview (i.e. telephone, web-based, Microsoft Teams) can be arranged.

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