Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Business – Level 4

Course Overview

This course is delivered at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, Coast Road campus. The BTEC Higher National qualifications in Business are aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning.

At Level 4 students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the business sector through six core units, which includes one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment.



Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the business sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in business.

This course is the equivalent to your first year on a university business course and therefore you may be able to access a second-year business related course at university depending on your overall grade.

  • Business and the Business Environment
  • Marketing Processes and Planning
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership and Management
  • Accounting Principles
  • Managing a successful business project (Pearson-set unit) [Externally Marked]

The two further optional units at Level 4 from the following:

  • Business Law
  • Innovation and Commercialisation
  • Entrepreneurship Ventures
  • Recording Financial Transactions
  • Business Data and Numerical Skills
  • Executive Recruitment Solutions
  • Human Capital Management
  • Digital Business in Practice
  • Operations Management
  • Managing the Customer Experience
  • Professional Identity and Practice
  • Work Experience

Students should be at least 18 years old and have either:

  • A relevant BTEC Level 3 qualification
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject.
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
  • Related work experience
  • An international equivalent of the above.
  • A level 2 English proficiency through GCSE English, IELTS of 5.5. (Reading), or equivalent.

Graduates successfully completing the course will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of business.  You will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies. These skills can lead onto a diverse range of career opportunities within business.

There is an opportunity to study this qualification part-time, which can be discussed with the Programme Leader.

In the coming months before commencing your studies please contact the Programme Leaders (or this can be programme support teams etc) if we can offer any further guidance before joining us:

  • Programme leader contacts: Dawn McLean
  • Programme leader details contact email: Dawn.McLean@Tynecoast.ac.uk

View further information about funding your Higher Education.

The North East Collaborative Outreach Programme (NECOP) has launched its FutureMe programme of activity and support to increase the number of young people from the North East progressing to higher education.

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