HND in Business // Level 5

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business offers student’s seven specialist pathways designed to support progression into relevant occupational areas or on to degree-level study.

These pathways are linked to Professional Body standards (where appropriate) and can provide professional status and progression to direct employment.

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma offers the following specialist pathways for students who wish to concentrate on a particular aspect of business.

At Level 5 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.

This course is the equivalent to your second year on a university business course. Students normally progress onto a top-up degree in a business and management, or similar, to complete their undergraduate studies. 

The mandatory units are:

  1. Research Project (Pearson-Set) – equivalent to two units
  2. Organisational Behaviour


There five further optional units at Level 5 from the following:

  1. Developing Individuals, Teams and Organisations 
  2. Consumer Behaviour and Insight 
  3. Sales Management 
  4. Tapping into New and International Markets 
  5. Social Media Practice 


Entry Requirements

  • HNC in Business 
  • Other related Level 4 business qualifications
  • 40% average from a first year of a business qualification
  • A foundation degree in another field
  • Applicants without formal qualifications but with appropriate work experience or other qualifications can apply.

Progression & Careers

Graduates successfully completing the Higher National Certificate and the Higher National Diploma will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of business. You will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately and they will have the qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility. This can lead onto a diverse range of careers within Business. 

Further Information

The HND Business Team is busy making preparations for the start of your programme in September 2021. Covid-19 has challenged the delivery of programmes. At Queen Alex Sixth Form College we have developed an effective approach to your programme of study, blending face-to-face and online teaching. Our experience has shown that this method opens new learning opportunities for all, enabling you to develop graduate skills such as time management, self-care and workload prioritisation, with support from the HND Business team and wider college services available to you.

Your sessions will continue to be taught. This approach will ensure you develop your knowledge and skills on campus. In addition, some theoretical lectures will be delivered online using conference technology (Microsoft Teams).

In the coming months before commencing your studies please contact the Programme Leaders (or this can be programme support teams etc) if we can offer any further guidance before joining us:

Programme leader contacts: Dawn McLean

Programme leader details contact email:



Higher Education Loans

Further information about funding your Higher Education can be found here.

All HE Courses

FutureMe in the North East

The North East Collaborative Outreach Programme (NECOP) has launched its FutureMe programme of activity and support to increase the number of young people from the North East progressing to higher education.

Read more

Course detail
Classification HND
Course Mode Full-time
Level Level 5
Duration 1 year
Location Coast Road Campus
Annual fee £6165.00 *
Start September