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Are you interested in a qualification that will stretch and challenge your understanding of the world of business through a hands on approach? Business is an incredibly popular choice at HNC, and is a diverse and flexible qualification that opens a wide range of doors.

The topics studied will enable you to investigate real-life businesses and scenarios across the two year course.

You'll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway and a grade 4 in GCSE Maths.

For further information on the pathways, please click here.

The units are brought to life through investigating real-life businesses and scenarios to build your knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Exploring a business
  • Developing a marketing campaign
  • Personal and business finance
  • Recruitment and selection
  • Managing an event
  • Customer service
  • International business
  • Principles of management


Educate, Enrich, Enlighten

We are proud of the unique experiences that are available to our students both inside and outside of the classroom. Our modern spacious classrooms provide a great place to learn. Our subject teachers are passionate subject experts, and you’ll be able to explore the application of Business in a real-life context in a wide variety of ways – we regularly welcome Alumni and high-profile guest speakers.

You will be stretched and challenged in a wide variety of ways too; at every opportunity you’ll be given the chance to put your skills into action. This will include organising a large-scale event within College, planning every stage and marketing this.

You’ll broaden your horizons and skills and build your cultural capital. Some of the experiences our students enjoy include:

  • Work placements, including to international destinations and the chance to work in overseas locations
  • A chance to take part in the Young Enterprise challenge
  • Connections with leading employers including PwC, with the potential to secure an internship
  • The opportunity to put your skills and knowledge into action, including as a Business Ambassador hosting College events

Through your experience of practical activities and academic theory you will develop your self-confidence and communication skills. Inside the classroom you’ll enjoy a variety of learning methods, including group work, role play and presentations, which will develop your confidence, teamwork and communication skills – all of which are essential in the world of work

Assessment is via presentations, group work and assignments and externally assessed exams.

Students who gain this qualification progress on to a wide range of destinations, and the opportunities you can experience are vast. There are naturally progression routes within the industry - there are not many careers that our Applied Business qualification does not support! Your future career path will determine the level of business you study, but there are not many fields that do not benefit from the wide range of skills and knowledge you will develop. Our students progress on to a wide range of fields, often opting for related degrees such as Accountancy, Law, Marketing, Creative Branding and HR. However, students have also successfully secured competitive degree level apprenticeships too.

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All of your projects and assignments are based on realistic workplace situations, giving you a real flavour of how the theory you learn works in practice. One project for example includes you running and hosting your own large scale event as part of a team. You'll experience every step from planning to pricing and marketing strategies. 

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