Business Higher National Diploma – C0245

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Course Overview

This is a two-year full-time university-level course 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.

The programme is affiliated to De Montfort University and students enjoy the benefits of DMU’s extensive library and student union at its campus in Leicester city centre.

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 and are likely to be taught via a range of in-class teaching and remote learning.

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 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

Assessment will be a combination of formative activity, case studies, assignments and exams 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

After successful completion of the 1st semester, students may be eligible for a £250 progression award.

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.

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

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Course and Career progression

Progression to the Higher National Diploma in the second year is dependent on your performance and engagement in year 1.

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 to this full-time undergraduate course should made through UCAS at using the course code 422N, institution code D26. 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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