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Business HNC (Blended Learning) part-time

  • HE
  • L4

Please note: This course can be started at 10-12 week intervals throughout the year at the start of each new unit of study. This course is run from Bedford but an Online Learning Course allowing for flexible access. 

In today's increasingly competitive world, leading enterprises demand people with demonstrable business management skills and abilities. BTEC Higher Nationals are recognised by employers around the world for their emphasis on developing practical skills alongside specialist knowledge and understanding of an industry or sector. With their strong focus on technical skills, they help to address the high-level technical skills shortage that's an important issue in the UK and globally. This HNC in Business is ideal if you are seeking a higher education qualification in the world of business. This flexible course provides specialist business education over two years and is delivered online with a nominated tutor to support you throughout plus several Saturday workshops with specialist tutors. You will gain a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required to progress into employment or continued undergraduate studies. This qualification is designed to ensure that you build and improve your skills in the management of resources, decision making, analytical research, independent enquiry, reflective learning and creative thinking. The course can be studied alongside employment or other commitments however motivation and self-discipline will be key.


I work full-time as a Customer Services Manager for Viapath; a public-private joint venture providing a range of pathology services for clinical customers, including Bedford Hospital where I am based.

Viapath are very supportive in helping their employees to progress their careers and having discussed progression opportunities with my manager and the Learning & Development team, Viapath sponsored me to do the Business HNC/HND here at Bedford College.

The knowledge I am gaining through this qualification will likely open up new opportunities within our Corporate Services team in London where, ultimately, I see my career progressing.

It wasn’t the first time that Viapath had sponsored my learning and development however; I have previously studied an NVQ in Customer Service here at Bedford College and found it a very positive and rewarding experience. 

While there is no denying that the HND course is a step up and a real challenge alongside working full-time and looking after my family, the tutors are really helpful and are always there to address any issues or concerns. The course involves two evenings a week in College and my employer allows me time to complete assignments if I need it.

I’ve particularly enjoyed the unit on HR Development and it’s really opened my eyes to the problems businesses face and the solutions they use to address them. As part of my course we have also visited the Magistrates Court in Milton Keynes.

I would certainly recommend the course to others. The philosophy and spirit of the Bedford College team is very good – they care about each of their students and want to see them achieve their best.  

Anne - Business HNC/HND

Entry requirements

Ideally students will hold a level 3 qualification in business or a relevant subject and maths and English GCSE (full qualification) minimum Grade 4 or grade C. We also accept those with extensive knowledge and experience in the sector. If your first language is not English, learners should have a minimum of 6.0 IELTS.

Applicants should have good study and research skills.

Course content

You will study the following units:

  • Business and the Business Environment
  • Marketing Essentials
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management and Operations
  • Management Accounting
  • Managing a Successful Business Project
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • Financial Accounting

Assessment methods

Assessment is through practical assignments with no exams - to more accurately reflect the real working environment. Through this engaging approach to learning, you will be ready to face the challenges of the modern business world armed with the hands-on skills employers demand.


Pearson Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the course, you will be able progress onto a Higher National Diploma in Business Management course or join a business degree at a university, subject to achieving the required grades. Completion of this course would improve job prospects and earning potential in a range of Business sectors.

Additional information

Please note: This course can be started at 10-12 week intervals throughout the year at the start of each new unit of study. Online Learning plus Saturday workshops twice each year which allows for flexible study as well as face to face tutor support and networking opportunities. Students will be allocated a tutor who will run regular online lectures and tutorials. All students will be provided with a timetable of study. 

Learners will need a laptop/desktop with access to the internet.

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 27/09/2021 £2948 per year Cauldwell Street BBE223

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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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