Do you want to learn the all-round business skills that employers are looking for, while working on your personal development and setting yourself up to get a degree in the future?
This HND Business course kick-starts your business career by providing a valuable introduction to topics including business strategy, finance, ecommerce and marketing.
It’ll give you an edge when starting your career and give you a solid foundation for further study.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Develop the skills and knowledge you need to excel in business
- Learn from experienced tutors, lecturers and business leaders
- Build knowledge in subjects such as marketing, business finance, business law, data management, business strategy, organisational theories and human resource management
- Work on a research project and put your knowledge into practice to demonstrate what you’ve learned
You can study this course at Havant College, South Downs College in Waterlooville, Stanmore College or Isle of Wight College in Newport.
After the course you can top up to a full degree by joining the final year of the BA (Hons) Business Management degree course at our main campus in Portsmouth.
Careers and opportunities
After completing this course, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to begin a career in areas such as:
- financial and risk analysis
You can also top up your qualification to a degree.
Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- business development officer
- recruitment consultant
- publicity officer
- graduate food buyer
- financial analyst
- risk analyst
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
One of the highlights for me has been hearing numerous guest speakers tell tales of real business, bringing the course to life.
What you'll study on this HND Business degree course
- Business finance
- Business law
- Business environment
- Organisational theories
- Management accounting
- Applied marketing
- Human resource management
- Purchasing and supply chain principles
- Business strategy
- Data management
- Research project
- Business excellence
- Business law: further principles
- Business psychology
- Event management
- Human resource development
- Promotional strategy
- Small business enterprise
- Working with and leading people
- Employee relations
- Project management
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.
Work experience and career planning
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you finish your course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.
We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- group projects
- one-on-one tutorials
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- September to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
- May to June – assessment period 2
Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- individual and group coursework
- online tests
- practical exercises
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.
You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.
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 1 students: 19% by written exams and 81% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 6% by written exams and 94% by coursework
Qualifications or experience
- 48 points to include a minimum of 1 A level at grade D or above.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
Tuition fees (2019 start)
- UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £6,165 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
This course isn't open to international (non-EU) students.
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
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 start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:
- the UCAS course code – 002N
- our institution code – P80
You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.
Not quite ready to apply?
Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.
If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.
- Subject area
- Business, Management and Marketing