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Business and Management - HNC

  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Study mode: Part Time (2 years)
  • Location: Birmingham Metropolitan College or 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 18 months, to fit the course in around your current life and work. 

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 study at either Birmingham Metropolitan College or South and City College Birmingham.

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.

Find out more

This course is not open to International students

Course Accreditations

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 4 or above. Equivalent qualifications will be considered.

Other qualifications
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.

or related subjects

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/EU students
  • International students

Award: HNC

Starting: Sep 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

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

Apply online for Birmingham Metropolitan College

Apply online for South and City College Birmingham

Fees notes

Please contact Birmingham Metropolitan College or South and City College Birmingham for current fee information.

BMET: 0121 446 4545

SCCB: 0121 694 5000

Personal statement

UK / EU students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.*

The personal statement 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.

*Non-EU students are not required to submit a personal statement when applying for this course.

Fees for part time students

If you study this course part-time or via distance learning, you will be charged on a pro-rata basis. This means your fee will be calculated per module.

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.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Worried about personal statements?

Worried about personal statements?

If you've got no idea where to start or just want to check you're on the right track, we’ve got expert advice and real examples from our students to help you nail your personal statement. You can even download our ultimate personal statement guide for free.

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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 Certificate in Management and Leadership alongside your degree. 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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Curzon facilities staircase
Curzon facilities student hub

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

The Curzon Building

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.

The Curzon Building also features:

  • An impressive new library with access to over 65 million full text items and stunning views of Eastside City Park
  • Your Students’ Union which is located in a beautifully restored 19th century pub, The Eagle and Ball
  • A modern 300-seat food court with space to study and socialise
  • Brand new, accessible IT facilities with full Office365 for all students for free
  • Shared facilities with the wider campus including the recently opened Parkside Building and Millennium Point

College facilities

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


The staff are fully qualified in their area of expertise.