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Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business

The purpose of BTEC Higher Nationals in Business is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the business sector and adapt to a constantly changing world.

The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them. The BTEC Higher National qualifications in Business are aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the business sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in business. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the business sector, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Business give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training.

The Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience through the selection of optional units across a range of occupational sectors at Level 4. This effectively builds underpinning core skills while preparing the student for subject specialisation at Level 5. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios.

At Level 4 students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the business sector through six core units, which include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment.

Graduates successfully completing the Higher National Certificate will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of business. They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately and they will have the qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility. They will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies. They will be adaptable and flexible in their approach to business, show resilience under pressure, and meet challenging targets within a given resource.

Course Outline

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business

 

Unit Unit Credit
1 Business and the Business Environment Core 15
2 Marketing Essentials Core 15
3 Human Resource Management Core 15
4 Management and Operations Core 15
5 Management Accounting Core 15
6 Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set) Core 15
7 Business Law Optional 15
9 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Optional 15

 

Unit and Unit Objectives:

1 Business and the Business Environment

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Explain the different types, size and scope of organisations.
  • Demonstrate the interrelationship of the various functions within an organisation and how they link to organisational structure.
  • Use contemporary examples to demonstrate both the positive and negative influence/impact the macro environment has on business operations.
  • Determine the internal strengths and weaknesses of specific businesses and explain their interrelationship with external macro factors.

 

2 Marketing Essentials

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Explain the role of marketing and how it interrelates with other functional units of an organisation.
  • Compare ways in which organisations use elements of the marketing mix (7Ps) to achieve overall business objectives.
  • Develop and evaluate a basic marketing plan.

 

3 Human Resource Management

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose and scope of Human Resource Management in terms of resourcing an organisation with talent and skills appropriate to fulfil business objectives.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the key elements of Human Resource Management in an organisation.
  • Analyse internal and external factors that affect Human Resource Management decision-making, including employment legislation.
  • Apply Human Resource Management practices in a work-related context.

 

4 Management and Operations

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Differentiate between the role of a leader and the function of a manager.
  • Apply the role of a leader and the function of a manager in given contexts.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the role leaders and managers play in the operations function of an organisation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between leadership and management in a contemporary business environment.

 

5 Management Accounting

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of management accounting systems.
  • Apply a range of management accounting techniques.
  • Explain the use of planning tools used in management accounting.
  • Compare ways in which organisations could use management accounting to respond to financial problems.

 

6 Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set)

 By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Establish project aims, objectives and timeframes based on the chosen theme.
  • Conduct small-scale research, information gathering and data collection to generate knowledge to support the project.
  • Present the project and communicate appropriate recommendations based on meaningful conclusions drawn from the evidence findings and/or analysis.
  • Reflect on the value gained from conducting the project and its usefulness to support sustainable organisational performance.

 

7 Business Law

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Explain the basic nature of the legal system.
  • Illustrate the potential impact of the law on a business.
  • Suggest appropriate legal solutions to business problems.
  • Recommend appropriate legal solutions based upon alternative legal advice provided.

 

8 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Explore and illustrate the range of venture types that might be considered entrepreneurial.
  • Assess the impact of small businesses on the economy.
  • Determine and assess the key aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Examine the different environments that foster or hinder entrepreneurship.

 

Rules of Combination for:

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business

  • Qualification credit value: a minimum of 120 credits. This is made up of eight units, each with a value of 15 credits.
  • There is a required mix of core and optional units totalling 120 credits. All units are at Level 4.
  • In some cases a maximum of 30 credits can be imported from another RQF Pearson BTEC Higher National qualification and/or from units designed by the centre and approved by Pearson. Core units may not be substituted.

Delivery Mode

The module will consist of lectures, case studies, role play, class exercises, games, tutorials and other appropriate learning methodologies to equip and to develop the students’ dynamic learning.

Commencement Dates / Intakes

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Course Duration

The course duration is 10 months of Institutional study – Full-time

The maximum period allowable for the student to complete the course is 20 months.

Class Period

Full-time study: 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, 15 contact hours/week

Part-time study:         5 hours a day, 3 days a week, 15 contact hours/week

Course Fees

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Assessments

  • Presentation
  • Assignment work

Assessment Methods

BTEC Higher Nationals in Business are assessed using a combination of internally assessed centre-devised internal assignments (which are set and marked by centres) and internally assessed Pearson-set assignments (which are set by Pearson and marked by centres):

  • one core unit for the HNC will be assessed by a mandatory Pearson-set assignment targeted at particular skills;
  • all other units are assessed by centre-devised internal assignments.

Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC  is 100% assignment based. Assessment in this level is evidenced by the course work of the learners under the close supervision of the lecturer and/or tutor.  Assignments and assessments are developed based on the rigors of the learning outcomes  and criteria set for each and every unit.

Should a learner fail to meet the criteria for passing a unit or module at first attempt, a one-time chance will be given to resubmit an evidence of their assignment subject to the guidelines of resubmission. A redo of the whole unit shall take place if a learner fails to meet the assessment criteria at second attempt.

Each successfully completed unit will be graded as a pass, merit or distinction.

Resubmission opportunity

An assignment provides the final assessment for the relevant learning outcomes and is normally a final assessment decision. A student who, for the first assessment opportunity, has failed to achieve a Pass for that unit specification shall be expected to undertake a reassessment.

  • Only one opportunity for reassessment of the unit will be permitted.
  • Reassessment for course work, project- or portfolio-based assessments shall normally involve the reworking of the original task.
  • For examinations, reassessment shall involve completion of a new task.
  • A student who undertakes a reassessment will have their grade capped at a Pass for that unit.
  • A student will not be entitled to be reassessed in any component of assessment for which a Pass grade or higher has already been awarded.

Repeat Units

A student who, for the first assessment opportunity and resubmission opportunity, still failed to achieve a Pass for that unit specification:

  • At Centre discretion and Assessment Board, decisions can be made to permit a repeat of a unit.
  • The student must study the unit again with full attendance and payment of the unit fee.
  • The overall unit grade for a successfully completed repeat unit is capped at a Pass for that unit.
  • Units can only be repeated once.

Assessment Grading Criteria

  • To achieve a Pass, a student must have satisfied all the Pass criteria for the learning outcomes, showing coverage of the unit content and therefore attainment at Level 4 of the national framework.
  • To achieve a Merit, a student must have satisfied all the Merit criteria (and therefore the Pass criteria) through high performance in each learning outcome.
  • To achieve a Distinction, a student must have satisfied all the Distinction criteria (and therefore the Pass and Merit criteria), and these define outstanding performance across the unit as a whole.

The award of a Pass is a defined level of performance and cannot be given solely on the basis of a student completing assignments. Students who do not satisfy the Pass criteria should be reported as Unclassified.

Expected Examination Results Release Date

Not more than 3 months from the date of Final examination

Qualification Award

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business RQF – Awarded by Pearson Education Ltd

Graduation Requirements

Pass all required assessments and assignments

Teacher Qualifications

The Committee for Private Education (CPE) is duly notified of all the teachers in Coleman College. All teachers have the required qualifications. Please refer to Our Teachers list in the website for more details.

Average Teacher-Student Ratio:

For lecturing 1:64

For tutorials 1:40

Please note that the maximum number of students in the classroom is subject to the maximum allowable seating capacity

Progression Pathway

The Level 4 Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in business, which students can build on should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage.

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma allows students to specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study. It offers the following specialist pathways for students who wish to concentrate on a particular aspect of business:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management

There is also a non-specialist ‘General Business’ pathway, which allows students to complete a Level 5 Higher National Diploma without committing to a particular professional specialism. This offers additional flexibility to providers and students.

Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific Higher Education providers. After completing a BTEC Higher National Certificate or Diploma, students can also progress directly into employment.

Without the above entry requirement, student should be at least 30 years old with 8 years of working experience

Age: At least 17 years old
Academic: Level 3 Diploma OR Higher NITEC OR 1 A Level Pass
Without the above requirement, student should be at least 30 years old with 8 years of working experience.
English Proficiency: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

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