HND Business

Considering studying an HND? Read on to find out if it’s the right qualification for you and what you’ll be able to do after graduation.

Business HND

The Pearson Business HND is an ideal qualification for those looking to learn specialist business skills after graduating from the A-level study. The course teaches through applied learning and gives students the skills they need to go straight into professional work or continue their academic studies.

The Pearson Business HND allows students to follow a number of specialist pathways; each pathway is designed to aid in the progression towards a specific professional goal, whether that be in an undergraduate degree-level course or a relevant business role. Additionally, professional bodies involved in the creation of the courses offer routes to gaining further accreditation; the Chartered Institute of Marketing is one such example.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for the Pearson HND in Business can vary between institutions. Below we outline an example, but be sure to contact the higher education provider directly to find out their specific entry requirements.

  • Over the age of 18
  • GCSE in Maths and English (usually A-C)
  • UCAS points (or qualification equivalent) 120 (48 new UCAS points)

Year and Module Breakdown

Pearson, one awarding body of HND qualifications, has created a large number of modules which cover both broad business topics and more specialist areas. Due to the number of modules, most institutions don’t offer the full range, so be sure to check with the course provider before you apply to see if they offer the modules you’re most interested in. Below you’ll find the full range offered by Pearson which has been broken down into year one and year two.

A minimum of 240 credits is needed to pass both years of the HND qualification.

Note: core units are marked in bold; all modules are equivalent to 15 credits unless specified.

Year 1

  • Business and the Business Environment
  • Marketing Essentials
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management and Operations
  • Management Accounting
  • Managing a Successful Business Project


And two of the following optional modules:

  • Business Law
  • Innovation and Commercialisation
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • Financial Accounting

Year 2

  • Research Project (30 credits)
  • Organisational Behaviour

And one from each of following five groups:

Group A

  • Taxation
  • Statistics for Management

Group B

  • Business Strategy
  • Business IT Systems
  • Business Systems

Group C

  • Developing Individuals, Team and Organisations
  • Human Resources – Value and Contribution to Organisational Success

Group D

  • Consumer Behaviour and Insight
  • Customer Value Management
  • Sales Management
  • International Marketing
  • Brand Management

Group E

  • Planning for Growth
  • Tapping into New and International Markets
  • Pitch and Negotiation Skills

It’s also worth noting that there are further specialisations possible; this would result in a different qualification, for example HND in Business (Management) or HND in Business (Accounting and Finance).

Assessment Type

Assessment types can vary greatly between modules and providers. Assessments are set to help students best exhibit the skills gained through studying; practical use of skills could be required for one module and independent research may be necessary for another. If you feel less confident in undertaking particular assessments, speak with the course provider before applying to find out the breakdown of each module.

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