Business and Management - HNC

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Part Time (18 months)
September 2016
South and City College Birmingham

This active, hands-on course teaches you a broad spread of business and management theory. You’ll learn practical skills with an emphasis on your career and professional development. This means you can get ahead at work or decide which area of your studies you’d like to continue with.

You can study part-time during the day or evening over two years, to fit the course in around your current life and work. You can even choose which college you’d like to study at.

What's covered in the course?

You’ll explore the basics of marketing, economics and finance, as well more specialist areas like business law and management reporting.

You will learn how to communicate well and manage people, as well as investigate organisations and behaviours. You’ll also learn to manage your own professional development and choose where you study – either Birmingham Metropolitan College or South and City College Birmingham both of which have excellent facilities.

You can go on to study with us at degree level or use our dedicated student support services at the university to help you move forward in your career. Students who have chosen to continue with the Business and Management degree have gone on to work in graduate roles at BMW, HSBC and the NHS.

In addition, staff at the university are there to guide you through your course and help you decide which career route or further study might be right for you. They have experience in many different areas - from Marketing Director at Zurich International Solutions Europe to Director of Investment Business for businesses such as British Gas and the AA.

You’ll also have access to university facilities and support, like Students Services and careers advice.

Why Choose Us?

  • This course is validated by the university, so you can be completely assured of the quality and calibre of teaching. Although you’ll be studying at your chosen college, you’ll still be part of the university’s dynamic and friendly business community - so there’ll be plenty of support available for you.
  • With part-time study and the flexibility to choose which college you learn at, you can fit this course in around your current lifestyle and adapt around any work commitments you have.
  • There’s an excellent range of study areas to give you skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to current business practice.
  • As the equivalent to a first year at university, you’ll not only have a Higher National Certificate, you can then go on to do a HND or a related undergraduate degree at the university.
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This course is not open to International students
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This course is accredited by:

Chartered Management Institute

Entry Requirements

UK students

At the point of enrolment you must have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C or above. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

or related subjects

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for the 2016/17 year, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.

To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:

280 tariff points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBC or above)
be predicted DMM profile at BTEC level

Learn more about unconditional offers >>

English language requirements

  • IELTS 6.0 (5.5 in all components) or equivalent is required
  • No English certificate is required for applicants from countries that appear on our English exemption list. Please contact the International Office for this list.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
HNC Sep 2016 PT 18 months £4,900

International Students

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.

Additional costs

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.

How to apply

The college accepts online applications via their respective websites or you can contact the institution to learn more about alternative applications methods.

Apply online for South and City College Birmingham

Fees notes

Please contact South and City College Birmingham
Tel: 0121 694 5000 for current fee information.

Your personal statement

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:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

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.

This course is available part-time

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Loans and Grants

Financial Support

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.

You’ll learn part-time through group work and solo projects, looking at real case studies and some assessments can be applied to your own workplace. You can choose either day time or evening learning so that you can manage the course around your life.

We teach by delivering short lectures. Tutors will also provide support to help you with your assignments. You’ll get feedback and support on your assigned coursework. You’ll also take part in workshops and work in groups for some of your presentations and project work. Students will be entitled to regular tutorial time and study skills support to make sure you’re on track to reach your goals. You’ll be assessed in different ways such as written reports, presentations, case studies, role-play and exams.

Example modules are:

  • Marketing
  • Organisations and behaviour
  • Business environment
  • Law for business
  • Business analysis
  • Management report
  • Managing professional development
  • Communicating with and leading people
  • Managing activities to achieve results
  • Managing financial resources and decisions

This course is accredited by the following organisations:

Chartered Management Institute
Chartered Management Institute

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This means that you can achieve the Level 5 CMI Diploma in Management and Leadership alongside your degree, as long as you have joined the CMI. The award is conditional on successfully completing the Honours degree programme in the appropriate module areas.

Study and work abroad

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.

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Further Study

You can use your HNC as a starting point to take on further study. You can go on to do an HND and gain a diploma, or you can start on one of our undergraduate business degrees, including the Business and Management BA. You’ll be in an excellent position to understand which areas you want to continue you study in, having worked through a variety of modules. We can help you decide which path is right for you.

Enhancing employability skills

On this HNC you’ll get a broad spread of business knowledge, along with more specialised management skills. We know how important it is to demonstrate to employers that you know how to apply your studies to the real world of work, including personal and professional development.

Both the university and the colleges are actively involved in the community, with local businesses and have excellent links with industry. You’ll also have access to the careers services across your chosen college and the university, so you’ll never be short of support and guidance when it comes to making the most of your qualification.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

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.

Graduate jobs

If you go on to do the Business Management degree you’ll learn the skills you need to fast-track into an entry-level management role.

Our graduate James Hartle did just that. He left university to work as a graduate Project Management Officer at Agilisys, an innovative IT and business service provider. Having done a year industry placement, he developed his knowledge and understanding of topics to help him secure his role at Agilisys.

With a broad spread of management and business know-how, other recent graduates have gone on to roles including a project management officer at Capgemini, a business development coordinator at Centre Tank Services and an accountant at City Tax Accountancy.


BCU Graduate+

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.

More about Graduate+
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Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

This course will be held at our newest facility, The Curzon Building, part of our City Centre Campus.

The £63 million building provides you with a unique learning space, featuring plenty of informal ‘break out’ areas available, creating an open, sociable atmosphere. There is also a new home for the Students’ Union, with its location moving to the restored Victorian pub The Eagle and Ball. Both City North and Millennium Point libraries have moved to the new building.

The dedicated social learning spaces ensure you’ll have the perfect facilities to work independently and confidently, having the time and support you need.

All this ensures that The Curzon Building is a vital support hub and a true central location for students in Birmingham City Centre.

College facilities

Both colleges have exceptional facilities including communal areas, fitness centres, wifi, cafes, collaborative learning environments, lecture theatres and classrooms that are equipped with IT facilities.


The staffare fully qualified in their area of expertise.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295