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Business and Management (South and City College Birmingham) - HND

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Are you aspiring to be a manager of the future? Are you passionate about business?    This course aims to develop independent-thinking professionals who can meet the demands of business employers and adapt to a constantly changing world....

  • School Birmingham City Business School
  • Faculty Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences

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Overview

Are you aspiring to be a manager of the future? Are you passionate about business?   

This course aims to develop independent-thinking professionals who can meet the demands of business employers and adapt to a constantly changing world. The HND in Business Management is a recognised qualification for anyone wanting a career in business or wider business services across a range of sectors and can also be used as a stepping stone to higher level degree studies. The majority of students on successful completion of this course join an honours degree at level 6 (final year). 

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

Students will study business skills, knowledge and understanding associated with professional practice in the international business environment. Subjects studied as part of the course will develop skills for leading, managing, and responding to change as well as tackle a range of complex business situations. Studies involve different aspects of business such as the global environment, human resources, marketing, leadership and management as well as accounting and finance.   

Business and business practices change rapidly and so successful managers require the skills to be able to work in an environment where there are both opportunities and challenges that are presented by a global market place, work across multi-cultural and diverse teams equipping students with the knowledge and understanding of culturally diverse organisations.

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 South and City College, you’ll still be part of the University’s dynamic and supportive business study community - so there’ll be plenty of support available for you from both college and university staff.
  • You’ll have access to cutting-edge facilities at the university. Our business school is based in the brand new £63 million Curzon Building right in the City Centre Campus. This extraordinary building has a fantastic library with over 62 million online and print resources as well as dedicated IT support. You’ll have access to seminar rooms, lecture theatres, catering and social spaces for group working.
  • South and City College is a vocational college which means their emphasis is also on work experience and forwarding your career. Together we make sure you know everything you need to about day-to-day business management and understand the challenges organisations face today.

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Entry Requirements

These entry requirements apply for entry in 2024/25.

All required qualifications/grades must have been achieved and evidenced at the earliest opportunity after accepting an offer to help confirm admission and allow for on-time enrolment. This can also include other requirements, like a fee status form and relevant documents. Applicants can track their application and outstanding information requests through their BCU mySRS account.

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

Essential

CC or 64 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a maximum of 2 A Levels.

Level 2 qualifications

GCSE

GCSE English Language or English Literature and GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above. If you do not have these or are not undertaking them, we accept other Level 2 equivalents, or we may ask you to pass BCU's GCSE equivalency tests.

Irish Leaving Certificate (Ordinary Level)

See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.

Scottish National 5

English Language or English Literature and Maths at grade C or above. If you do not have these or are not undertaking them, we accept other Level 2 equivalents, or we may ask you to pass BCU's GCSE equivalency tests.

Plus one of the following Level 3 (and above) qualifications

A Level / AS Level

CC at A Level (64 points). A maximum of three subjects are considered, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Access to Higher Education Diploma

60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 18 of of which must be achieved at merit or distinction in a related subject. 

BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) / Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

MM in a related subject area.

BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) / Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

MPP (64 points) in a related subject area.

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma / Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 64 UCAS points.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Obtain 24 points overall.Students who do not complete the IB Diploma and who achieve the minimum of 10 points or above from two Higher Level Subjects will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 64 UCAS Tariff Points.

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level)

64 UCAS Tariff Points in four subjects (must include English).

Scottish Higher / Advanced Higher

DD. Maximum of two Advanced Highers can be considered together.

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.

Fees & How to Apply

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  • International Student

UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: HND

Starting: Sep 2024

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International students

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.

Fees notes

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

Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

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.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

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.

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

Course in Depth

First Year

In order to complete this course you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 90 credits): 

In order to complete this course you must successfully complete at least 30 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules:

Second Year

In order to complete this course you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 90 credits):

In order to complete this course a you must successfully complete at least 30 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules.  

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Over your two years of study, you focus on eight core modules, four management pathway modules and four general business modules. All modules have two assessments, these are all assessed in a variety of ways. For example, coursework, group or individual presentations, project work or examination.

You will be assigned a personal tutor. A regular tutorial slot is available to all students. In addition, you will be provided with academic skills development support every week. These will provide opportunities 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.

You core modules cover a range of business related modules from human resources, business law, economics to managing financial decisions At the end of your second 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.

Further Study

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 second year on many of our full-time business-related degree programmes, including the final year of the degree programmes in Business and Management, International Business and Business Administration, as long as you gain a Merit profile on your HND.

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.

Employability

Enhancing employability skills

Learning at a vocational college means the emphasis is always on your employability and future career. The course content is focused on developing personal and business skills to prepare you for a range of careers and jobs. These might include accounting work, 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.

Graduate jobs

People who complete an HND with us can go straight into a career, but many choose to continue learning and often complete a full degree. For example, Jasdeep Dhillon went on to do a degree in business and management with us when she finished her HND. From there she went straight into a graduate scheme position as a Project Management Officer at Capgemini.

Facilities & Staff

College facilities

There are well equipped learning hubs with libraries at all of South and City College campuses. They contain books, computers, videos, journals and access to a range of electronic information sources to support your learning at college.

You’ll have access to Moodle, a virtual learning environment. There you’ll find online course details and modules, reading lists, revision notes and teaching notes. It also has interactive learning material, revision resources and online activities.

As well as access to South and City College facilities, you’ll also be able to use the support and facilities available at our state-of-the-art business school. This includes a fantastic library with over 62 million online and print resources as well as dedicated IT support. You’ll also have access to our seminar rooms, lecture theatres, catering and social spaces for group working.