This HND course in business and management is delivered at Birmingham Metropolitan College over two years, full-time. It emphasises learning by doing, so you’ll get practical skills alongside your theoretical learning. You’ll study a broad range of business topics such as economics and marketing, alongside specialist management modules.
With a HND you can progress in your career or you can stay with us to get a business-related degree. Our BA students have gone on to careers in companies such as the NHS and HSBC.
This course gives you a clear understanding of fundamental business principles such as marketing, human resources and law, as well as more specialist areas like managing advertising, accounting and professional development.
With dedicated tutor support, you’ll learn about the underlying principles and techniques used in management and develop an understanding of contemporary issues in the business world.
You get to choose four optional modules to focus your learning on the areas you want to progress in. You’ll also get feedback on briefs and projects from industry experts. We attract some great high profile speakers and student mentors so you’ll get inspiration from all quarters.
Our staff have a wealth of knowledge and industry experience, which means you get to be taught by experts in the field.
As well as a wealth of facilities at Birmingham Metropolitan College, you’ll also have access to support and facilities at the university. This includes support services and career advice.
Our next University-wide Open Day will take place on Saturday 8 October 2016. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities.
Please note: we are currently reviewing our entire course provision for 2017/18. Details will be included in your registration email.
Visit our School site for more student work and extra information.
We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
At the point of enrolment you must have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
160 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels
|UK Qualification||Requirements 2016/17|
|GCE A Level/ AS Level||160 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A-Levels. Remaining points can be made up with AS levels in different subjects. AS level in the same subject of an A level will not be accepted.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||45 Credits Level 3, 15 credits Level 2 including Level 2 English Language and Maths.|
|BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years)||MM or can be combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 160 UCAS points|
|BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years)||MPP (160 UCAS points)|
|BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years)||Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 160 UCAS points|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma||28 points overall|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||Minimum of 160 UCAS points|
|Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher||Minimum of 160 UCAS points|
|Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options)||120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 160 UCAS points|
|If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.
Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
|EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications||Requirements 2016/17|
|IELTS||6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).||26 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.
International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).
The University is keen to encourage applications from mature students with or without formal qualifications, from those who have business or other relevant employment and life experiences. Our admissions tutor will be pleased to discuss individual circumstances with prospective students.
If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.
UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.
From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels
|HND||Sep 2016||FT||2 years||£4,850 per year||Apply via UCAS|
Sorry, this course is not available to international students.
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.
There are three ways to apply:
You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.
Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.
If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.
There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements).
Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for your personal stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.
Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.
Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:
Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?
If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.
Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.
Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.
eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.
You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.
Get more information on writing personal statements.
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We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Over your two years of study, you focus on 12 core modules, three management focused modules and one optional from management accounting and small business enterprise. The first will help develop your budget preparation and analysis skills and the latter will give you the information you need to help you develop your entrepreneurial skills should you look to set up your own enterprise. These are all assessed separately by an exam, an individual project, an assignment or a combination of these.
You’ll get tutorial support for an hour every week, have the opportunity to develop your own learning and take part in group projects and presentations. You’ll also have talks from renowned speakers, take part in visits to real businesses and get hands-on in workshops.
Your core modules cover everything from human resources, to business law to managing financial decisions. At the end of your first year you’ll complete a personal and professional development portfolio in which you update your CV, complete a SWOT analysis and create a personal development plan so you’re ready to pursue your career.
We give you a huge breadth of knowledge in many areas of business and management so you can decide with areas are right for you and your career.
Jasdeep studied an HND in Business Management and, after completion, decided to continue and get a BA (Hons) in Business Management. With the support of the University’s placements and careers offices, she secured a graduate role at multinational IT services provider Capgemini after graduation.
In the first lecture of my top-up year it was announced we would have an opportunity to attend a mock assessment centre at Capgemini. We had two weeks to submit an application and there were only 20 places. I thought at the time, what a great experience and networking opportunity. My application was accepted and I went along to the mock assessment centre from which I was called back.
If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.
It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.
When you get your HND, you might want to continue studying part-time so you can continue working. You can also apply for direct entry to the third year on many of our full-time business-related degree programmes, including the Business and Management BA. You’re in an excellent position to understand which areas you want to continue you study in, having worked through many different subject areas. We can help you decide which path is right for you.
You’ll go on a number of visits to exciting business such as Jaguar Land Rover.
Learning at a vocational college means the emphasis is always on your employability and future career.
The course content is focused on developing your personal and business skills to prepare you for a range of careers and jobs. These might include accounting work, HR, management traineeships, marketing, purchasing, retail management and selling.
You’ll develop a knowledge and understanding of business and management concepts, theories and current issues facing businesses today. You’ll look at the connections between leadership, management and what makes a business effective from a range of perspectives and environments.
To help you forge your career you’ll learn to analyse, research and apply what you know to form practical solutions to business problems. Pitching, presenting, communicating and having good IT skills are all areas employers are looking for and we help you to flourish in all of these areas.
We work closely with the University’s careers and placements team, along with our own network of employers to offer work placement and internship opportunities across a wide range of employers and sectors.
OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.
It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.
Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.
Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
Overseas students studying in the UK are happier and have a better learning experience compared to those studying in other countries.
The International Undergraduate Students: The UK's Competitive Advantage report asked 365,754 international students studying outside their home country to give their feedback on what it's like to study in this country. And the UK scored top in every aspect.
So if you're looking at studying with us, you'll be making a good choice.
Overall measures: ranked positions
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.
This course is based at our City Centre Campus – and specifically The Curzon Building, alongside other Social Sciences, Law, Business and English students.
The £63m building offers students a unique social learning space, including a dedicated student hub incorporating student support services, in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.
The Business floors house an extensive number of IT facilities, breakout areas, and specialised rooms. The Marketing Link Agency is designed to replicate a modern marketing firm, allowing students to get real-life experience of working in the marketing sector. There is also the City Trading Room, which features state of the art stock market tracking equipment, keeping you up to date with all the financial comings and goings of the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street.
The Curzon building is also conveniently close to Birmingham’s business and financial centre, allowing for strong links between your studies and the real world.
Our staff have fantastic industry connections because they continue to work in their area of expertise. You’ll benefit from their industry links during your studies and get to see expert guest speakers.