HND Business - University of Portsmouth
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UCAS code002N

full time2yrs

Introducing the core topics in the world of business and management

Course Overview

Why take this course?

Have the chance to study at one of two partner colleges while receiving the reassurance that we’ll actively manage your course and provide you with all the support you need.

This course trains you to be a great business all-rounder leading to effective performance and progression in the workplace.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Gain a thorough grounding in essential business management functions
  • Study at either Havant and South Downs College in Waterlooville or The Isle of Wight College in Newport, whichever is most convenient for you
  • Proceed to a full degree by doing a ‘top up’ at the University of Portsmouth or elsewhere


What opportunities might it lead to?

Once you graduate, you’ll gain an established and nationally recognised qualification that will equip you for employment in a wide range of business settings.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • business development and consultancy
  • recruitment
  • emarketing
  • publicity
  • financial and risk analysis


Jessica Harris, HND Business student

One of the highlights for me has been hearing numerous guest speakers tell tales of real business, bringing the course to life.

Jessica Harris, HND Business student


Business and Management

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Insight into different aspects of the business world
  • Lecturers who are experienced in their field and are passionate about sharing their knowledge
  • Excellent work placement opportunities and careers support

Browse all courses in Business and Management

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Structure & Teaching

Year One

Over the two years of the course, you’ll develop a broad understanding of how business operates and focus on specific topics which fall under the business umbrella.

Core units in this year include:

  • Marketing
  • Business Finance
  • Business Law
  • Business Environment
  • Data Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Organisational Theories
  • A Research Project

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Project Management
  • Management Accounting
  • Applied Marketing
  • Small Business Enterprise
  • Financial Accounting
  • Working With and Leading People

Year Two

Core units in this year include:

  • HND Business Strategy
  • HND Data Management
  • HND Research Project

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • HND Business Excellence
  • HND Business Law: Further Principles
  • HND Business Psychology
  • HND Event Management
  • HND Human Resource Development
  • HND Promotional Strategy

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.


You will encounter a range of teaching methods, from lectures, seminars and tutorials to workshops and team-based projects. We aim to provide a stimulating and friendly learning environment enabling you to practice your skills ready for professional work.

The time you spend in teaching activities may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year one students: 40% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 60% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year two students: 35% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 67% studying independently and 0% on work placement


We ensure a balance in assessment approaches to suit your differing learning styles. Here’s how we assess your work:

  • individual and group coursework
  • examinations
  • online activities
  • practical exercises

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year one students: 19% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 81% by coursework
  • Year two students: 6% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 94% by coursework

Tutor's view


Andy Perrins
Business and Management

Our HND in Business will give you a solid basis on which to build your future career. It can also serve as an ideal stepping stone to studying for an Honours Degree.

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Facilities & Features

Partner Colleges

Have the chance to study at one of two partner colleges while receiving the reassurance that we’ll actively manage your course and provide you with all the support you need.


We have invested heavily in open access computer suites across campus. Great working spaces with high-spec PCs (multimedia and CAD), Macs and printing facilities. There is also more specialised software and equipment available such as large format printing, audio-visual equipment and language laboratories. Should you need any assistance, there are specialist technicians on hand to support you in using the facilities.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
Where next?

There will be a range of areas within business for which you will be fully qualified, including marketing, sales, administration, ecommerce, accounting and human resource management.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • business development officer
  • recruitment consultant
  • publicity officer
  • graduate food buyer
  • financial analyst
  • risk analyst

Career planning

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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Apply now or visit us

Apply for 2018 entry

To apply, you'll need this course's UCAS code, which is at the top of this page, and the University of Portsmouth institution code – P80.

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Admissions terms and conditions

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