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Milnthorpe Road Campus


Do you have what it takes to be the next Elon Musk, Mary Barra or Gabe Newell? Business is big in the UK with around 5.7m private sector businesses producing a turnover of £1.9 trillion each year. As James Dyson said, “Business is constantly changing, constantly evolving.”

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Course Overview

BTEC Higher Nationals are designed to provide a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards where appropriate.

They offer a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding.

The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in their sector and their national recognition by employers allows direct progression to employment. 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.

This course is a HNC in Business (pathways in Business Management/ Marketing) and awarded by Pearson.

The HNC is delivered over one year full-time or two days part-time at the Milnthorpe Road Campus.

There is an option to complete modules rather than the full qualification.

You'll explore the basics of marketing, economics and finance, as well more specialist areas like business law and management reporting. Example modules are:

Level 4 Units
- Marketing Essentials
- Business & the Business Environment
- Research project
- Business Law
- Managing a Successful Business Project

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 choose where you study.

Each unit will incorporate a variety of assessment methods and will have between 2-5 separate tasks to complete to achieve the full unit credit.

Practical units will involve the development of a portfolio of professional development.

The breakdown of assessment type is below:
Reports: 30 percent
Essays: 30 percent
Case Studies: 20 percent
Presentations: 10 percent
Portfolio of evidence: 10 percent

In addition to your time in college learners should plan to undertake additional independent study to enable them to complete the required assessments. Learners should allocate approximately ten hours of study per week outside of college.

Entry Requirements

For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is 64 UCAS points, to include one of the following:

- A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Business
- 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 Certificate awarded by an approved further
education institution

Students will also need 5 GCSE at A*-C including English and Maths.

Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications, relevant work or life experience are encouraged to apply.

English language requirements:
Must be of a standard equivalent to the levels identified below;

- Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
- PTE 51
- IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.

Student Finance:
Generally, you will only get student finance if you're doing your first higher education qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded. Whether you qualify for student finance depends on certain criteria, please see and our college 'Student Money' pages:

After Your Course

On completion of your course you will have the option to continue with your academic studies or full-time employment.

Academic options include:
-Progress to HND at the college, subject to a progression interview or at a University of your choice. Entry requirements for your chosen destination will need to be checked.

Employment options:
- You can choose from a wide variety of establishments and graduate training opportunities within differing sectors of the industry including both public and private sectors.
- If you wish to stay within Cumbria the local area provides a wealth of opportunity for employment.



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year.

There may be other costs associated with this course e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Student Finance (Degree-Level Courses)

Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course. Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded. For further information please see

It is also possible to pay in full or via instalments.

It is also possible to pay in full or via instalments. The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Please speak to Student Services for more information.

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