Business Higher National Diploma – C0245

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Course Overview

This is a two-year full-time university-level course in partnership with De Montfort University. Awarded by De Montfort University, You will have access to the main university campus facilities whilst being taught at Leicester College. Over three terms per year, the programme brings together the practical and theoretical elements of management, marketing and finance and leads to a HND award from De Montfort University in the first instance, which on successful completion may then be ‘topped-up’ to a full BA (Hons) Degree in Business and Management (and further BA (Hons) options) via a third year of study at the main DMU campus. Ahead of your third year, you might also consider applying for a paid work placement year in order to further enhance your degree and both the College and the university will support you in your application if you choose to follow this route and this may be based within the UK or internationally depending on your interests.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

Year one of the course introduces key business topics through modules such as Global Business Issues, Employability, Professionalism and Academic Study Skills, Understanding Business, An Introduction to Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Financial Decision Making, and Principles of Marketing. These modules are aimed at giving candidates a broad understanding of the world of business and the fast-moving business environment.

Year 2

Year Two of the course continues to develop study and professional skills and includes Contemporary Management and Operations, People Management, Advertising and Promotion and International Marketing with a further option to study Performance Management in Organisations directly on the DMU campus (as an alternative to Advertising and Promotion).

Entry Requirements

Standard entry to this course requires a minimum of 32 UCAS points from a recognised level 3 qualification in a related subject (i.e. two A2s at grade D, extended diploma PPP/Diploma PP, or an Access to HE). You are expected to hold GCSE English and maths at grade 4/C or equivalent. We welcome applicants who have alternative suitable prior learning experience/qualifications, and also those who do not match the standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate the ability to study this subject at university level and who can evidence relevant experience.

How you will be assessed

Assessment will be a combination of formative activity, case studies, exams and assignments across the academic year graded on a percentage mark achieved basis. The final HND award is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction depending on the level of achievement at the end of year 2.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Total Fees: £6165.00

Additional Costs

If you have to complete a work placement involving working with children or vulnerable adults as part of your course, you may need to apply for a DBS check at a cost of £40.


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.

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Course and Career progression

Progression to the Higher National Diploma in the second year is dependant on your performance and engagement in year 1. The College expects a minimum attendance of 85%.
On successful completion of this HND, you can apply to ‘top up’ to the 3rd Year of the BA (Hons) Business and Management at De Montfort University and also BA streams within the Faculty. In order to do this, you will need level 2 English and maths. You may also wish to inquire with other universities for your top-up studies.

What Happens Next

Applications must be made through UCAS at using the course code 422N institution code D26. Due to the nature of this programme, you may also be invited to attend an interview. Where necessary, other means of an interview (i.e. telephone, web-based) can be arranged.

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