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Department of Business Studies

Edexcel/Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (QCF)

Course Description

This course is designed to provide a specialist vocational programme over two years, offering a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical business skills and facilitating the development of requisite knowledge and understanding. The qualification provides a thorough grounding in key concepts and practical skills. It is comprised of units at the Level 4 and at Level 5, with each level designed for one year of study.

Learning objectives

Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business will provide the learners with the generic as well as specialised knowledge, understanding and skills to enter employment in the business in any sector. This course equips the individuals for success in a range of administrative and management positions in business.

Level of Qualification: Level 5

Duration: Two (2) Years

Assessment Method: A combination of assessment methods are used including assignments, case study reviews, presentations and planning exercises.

Awarding Body: Pearson (Edexcel)

Entry Requirements:

Students between 18-21:

BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Business or a related qualification. You will also have a Level 2 qualification or above in Mathematics and English. The English requirement level for this course is B1 (or equivalent). For the UKBA approved list of English language tests, please visit this link: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/applicationforms/new-approved-english-tests.pdf

Students over 21:

GCSE with at least 5 passes including English and Maths, and relevant work experience. However academic requirements can be offset by longer periods of relevant work experiences.

For prospective students with other qualifications including overseas, equivalence will be checked.

Units to be completed

Mandatory Units

- Business Environment 
- Managing Financial Resources and Decisions 
- Organisations and Behaviour 
- Marketing Principles
- Aspects of Contract and Negligence for Business
- Business Decision Making
- Business Strategy
- Research Project


Optional Units

•  Management Pathway*

Personal and Professional Development
Working with and Leading People
Managing Business Activities to Achieve Results
Managing Communications, Knowledge and Information 


•  Marketing Pathway*

Marketing Intelligence
Advertising and Promotion in Business
Marketing Planning
Sales Planning and Operations


•  Human Resources Pathway*

Human Resource Management
Managing Human Resources
Human Resources Development
Employee Relations

•  Generic Pathway*

The Internet and E-Business
Internet Marketing
E-Business Operations
Quality Management in Business


*Subject to demand.


This qualification leads to further studies in management at level 6 and to Bachelor's Degree (Top-up) Year 3 at higher educational institutions. [Progression Chart]

Note: The previous title of this course was Edexcel Level 5 BTEC HND Business (Management).


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