HND in Business // Level 5

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business offers student’s a variety of 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.

From September 2022, this centre will offer pathways in additional to the general Business HND. These pathways will be in Business Management, Business with Marketing, Business with Accounting and Finance; and Business with Law.

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 are five further specialist/optional units at Level 5 some examples of these are as follows:

  • Management Accounting
  • Global Business Environment
  • Digital Marketing
  • Procurement and Supply Chain Management
  • Company Law and Corporate Governance
  • Developing Individuals, Teams and Organisations
  • Customer Value Management
  • Sales Management
  • Tapping into New and International Markets

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 
    • Related work experience 
    • An international equivalent of the above. 
    • A level 2 English proficiency through GCSE English, IELTS of 5.5. (Reading), or equivalent. 

    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).

    There is an opportunity to study this qualification part-time, which can be discussed with the Programme Leader.

    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:



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    Course detail
    UCAS Code BUS2
    Classification HND
    Course Mode Full-time
    Level Level 5
    Duration 1 year
    Location Coast Road Campus
    Annual fee £6165.00 *
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