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Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business (Management) - Edexcel (Pearson), UK

Higher National Diploma in Business is a highly popular course in UK awarded by Edexcel, the UK’s largest accredited awarding body. This course is designed to provide for the needs of a wide range of individuals who wish to gain academic knowledge and understanding of how business works and to evaluate the application of business principles. The HND Level 5 qualification develops students’ abilities and personal skills in management, analysis and presentation of information to enable them to progress to independent learners, and it gives them a clear route to employment and degree courses. This course equate to the first two years of a 3 year degree program and students will have an opportunity to continue their bachelors degree by studying with UK universities for additional 9 months period.
Teaching and learning activities are designed to develop student’s knowledge, understanding and skills for success in a variety of administrative and management positions in business. The lessons are practical and interactive, focusing on how business theory applies in the contemporary workplace.
A continuous assessment process by assignment is used, typically two per module. The type of assignment will vary – to include a mix of formal report, group or individual presentations, display, or timed test. However there will be no closed book examinations.

About Edexcel

Edexcel is an awarding body from UK approved by the UK government academic regulatory bodies and the qualification issued by them falls under QCF (qualification credit framework) and it is internationally recognized.

Edexcel was formed in 1996 by the merger of the Business & Technology Education Council (BTEC), the country’s leading provider of vocational qualifications, and the University of London Examinations & Assessment Council (ULEAC), one of the major exam boards for GCSEs and A levels. The history of these separate bodies can be traced back to 1836 when a royal charter gave the University of London limited functions of conducting exams and conferring degrees. The University introduced school exams in 1905.

Edexcel is part of Pearson, the world’s largest education business and the owner of the FT and Penguin. Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications and testing to schools, colleges, employers and other places of learning in the UK and internationally.

HND Programme Key Facts


Higher National Diploma in Business (Management)


Rolling Intake


2 years full time

Onsite Campus


Delivery Format

Semester format



Admission Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements are as follows

  • An A Level pass or equivalent
  • English proficiency equal to IELTS 5.5
  • Applicants whose educational qualifications do not meet the standard entry requirements but have at least 2 years full-time work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

HND Program Structure

The course is tailored to match the industry requirements and the delivery is well balanced to suit the busy schedule of a working professional.

Unit number Mandatory core units –All eight units must be taken Unit level Unit credit
1 Business Environment 4 15
2 Managing Financial Resources and Decisions 4 15
3 Organizations and Behavior 4 15
4 Marketing Principles 4 15
5 Aspects of Contract and Negligence for Business 4 15
6 Business Decision Making 5 15
7 Business Strategy 5 15
8 Research Project 5 20
9 Personal and Professional Development 5 15
10 Working with and Leading People 5 15
11 Quality Management in Business 5 15
12 Small Business Enterprise 5 15
13 Operations Management in Business 5 15
14 Contemporary Issues in Marketing Management 5 15
15 Project Management for Business 5 15
16 Employability Skills 5 15