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HND Business Management

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The Higher National Diploma in Business Management (HND) is a 2 year vocational course. This industry-focused diploma prepares you for a successful management career by providing a solid understanding of key business management principles and practices. Through case studies, engaging projects and group work, you will encounter the real-world business situations faced by today's managers.

This 2 year diploma is accredited by Pearson Edexcel and delivered by St Patrick’s College.

Course content

This course is designed to progressively deepen your knowledge of business and management. There is a total of 16 units with areas covering key topics such as marketing, finance, and business strategy. You will also undertake your own business research project, this giving an opportunity to display your overall understanding of business concepts.

Career direction

You will have strong career prospects in diverse areas of business including advertising, marketing, project management, human resources and administration on completion of the course. You will also have the solid business skills needed to pursue an entrepreneurial career. This qualification will also provide you with a seamless progression onto the 3rd year (final year) degree in Business Management through top-up opportunities.

Career prospects

On successful completion of this course, students will have strong career prospects in diverse areas of business including advertising, marketing, project management, human resources and administration.

Students will also have the solid business skills to pursue different careers across various industries through roles such as Team Supervisor, Project Manager, Business consultant, Business Development Manager or Adviser, Marketing Consultant and on a path to more senior positions.

A number of students achieving this qualification are jumping up the ladder faster within organisations, landing better job roles but also starting their own small businesses.

Study where the world does business

London is a major financial and business capital, surrounding you with some of the most important names across a wealth of industries. This makes it an ideal place to study business and start your career.

Course structure

Focused on progressively deepening your knowledge of business and management, the course is made up of 16 complementary modules. Particular emphasis is placed on ensuring that you are able to effectively apply your knowledge to relevant practical situations.

The academic year at St Patricks consists of 3 terms of 11 weeks in duration. The specific start and end date of your academic year will depend on the intake on which you enrol. This information will be made available when applications open for the desired intake.

Timetables for students can be expected once they commence their course at the beginning of each term. 

  • Business & the Business Environment (15 credits)

    The aim of this unit is to provide students with background knowledge and understanding of business, the functions of an organisation and the wider business environments in which organisations operate. Students will examine the different types of organisations (including for profit and not for profit), their size and scope (for instance, micro, SME, transnational and global) and how they operate.

  • Management & Operations (15 credits)

    The aim of this unit is to help students understand the difference between the function of a manager and the role of a leader. Students will consider the characteristics, behaviours and traits which support effective management and leadership. In addition, this unit will introduce the concept of operations as both a function and a process which all organisations must adopt to conduct business. Students will be introduced to contemporary and historical theories and concepts which will support their learning for this unit.

  • Human Resource Management (15 credits)

    The aim of this unit is to enable students to appreciate and apply principles of effective Human Resource Management (HRM). People are the lifeblood of any organisation and being able to attract, recruit and retain talented staff is at the core of all HRM activity. This unit will explore the tools and techniques used in HRM to maximise the employee contribution and how to use HR methods to gain competitive advantage. Students will explore the importance of training and development in building and extending the skills base of the organisation and ensuring it is relevant to the ever-changing business environment. Students will also consider the growing importance of becoming a flexible organisation with an equally flexible labour force, and become familiar with techniques of job design and with different reward systems.

  • Marketing Essentials (15 credits)

    This unit is designed to introduce students to the principles of marketing, enabling them to develop a basic marketing plan and to employ elements of the marketing mix to achieve results. While they will learn the underpinning theories and frameworks, they will also be able to relate these to real-world examples, including products/services that they encounter in their own daily lives.

  • Management Accounting (15 credits)

    The overall aim of this unit is to introduce the fundamentals of management accounting which apply to the wider business environment and the organisations which operate within that environment. Students will explore how management accounting uses financial data to aid planning decisions, and the monitoring and control of finance within organisations.

  • Managing Successful Business Projects (15 credits)

    This unit is assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The project brief will be set by the centre, based on a theme provided by Pearson (this will change annually). The theme and chosen project within the theme will enable students to explore and examine a relevant and current topical aspect of business in the context of the business environment.

  • Business Law (15 credits)

    The aim of this unit is to enhance students’ understanding of how business law is applied to the running of a company. Students will gain knowledge of business law and examine the impact of the law on business operations and decision-making. Throughout the unit students will identify legal solutions available to business owners and assess their suitability. Their experiences in this unit will help them better understand the areas of law in which they will want to specialise. They will be able to illustrate the impact of the law on normal business operations and when registering a company and inviting shareholders to invest in it. They will gain an understanding of the law in relation to market abuse and director responsibilities. Students will be able to recognise the application of employment law between employers and employees.

  • Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management (15 credits)

    This unit provides students with an understanding of the definition and scope of entrepreneurship and an understanding of the enablers and barriers to business start-up. Students will learn about the influence of national culture and economy on entrepreneurship and will explore the personal characteristics of entrepreneurs and the impact of personal situational factors, including education and background. Students will also learn about the role and importance of small firms to the economy, and about social enterprise and the social economy. Students will also be expected to understand the balance of risk and reward in starting a new venture and they will investigate and reflect on their own entrepreneurial and enterprising characteristics. Examples of entrepreneurs and start-up organisations will be discussed and students will be expected to draw on local, personal and general knowledge together with their learning to be able to identify the characteristics of entrepreneurial ventures.

  • Operations & Project Management (15 credits)

    The aim of this unit is to develop students’ understanding of contemporary operations theory as a function of a modern organisation. Students explore key benchmarks and processes which will enable effective critique of an operation function. Students will also consider the fundamentals of project management utilising the prescribed, but well established, project life cycle.

  • Business Strategy (15 credits)

    The aim of this unit is to develop students’ awareness of the different kinds of strategy which could be used in an operational, tactical or strategic role for an organisation. This will be underpinned by a thorough knowledge and understanding of the theories, models and concepts which could significantly support an organisation’s strategic choice and direction.

  • Global Business Environment (15 credits)

    The aim of this unit is to explore the wider position some organisations have in the global environment. Students will appreciate the complexities of operating in a global environment, and this will enable them to offer greater breadth and depth to an organisation’s current or aspirational global presence.

  • Organisational Behaviour (15 credits)

    The aim of this unit is to develop a student’s understanding of the influence culture, politics and power have on the behaviour of others in an organisational context. Students will be in a position to apply the principles of organisational behaviour to a variety of business situations.

  • Understanding & Leading Change (15 credits)

    The aim of this unit is to prepare students to anticipate, plan and deliver organisational change. In addition students will be able to predetermine appropriate and timely interventions required to maximise the benefits and minimise the risk of organisational change.

  • Developing Individuals, Teams & Organisations (15 credits)

    The aim of this unit is to provide students with the opportunity to appreciate that developing knowledge and skills to achieve high performance is a cross-organisation activity. Students will recognise that their own professional development is just one route to improving the performance of those teams and organisations in which they work. They will also gain an awareness of the context in which learning takes place and how development needs are linked to learning interventions aimed at supporting an organisation’s strategy.

  • Research Project (20 credits)

    This unit is assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. Students will choose their own project based on a theme provided by Pearson (this will change annually). This will enable students to explore and examine a relevant and current topical aspect of business in the context of the business environment and managing Business organisations.

    Students will have the opportunity to engage in sustained research in a specific field of study. The unit enables students to demonstrate the capacity and ability to identify a research theme, to develop research aims, objectives and outcomes, and to present the outcomes of such research in both written and verbal formats. The unit also encourages students to reflect on their engagement in the research process during which recommendations for future, personal development are key learning points.

Classes at St Patricks may consist of lectures, presentations, workshops, peer assessment,    etc. 

Contact Hours: 15 hours per week

Guided Learning hours: 60 hours per unit (Edexcel Guidelines) 

Expected Independent Learning: 22.5 hours per week 

Maximum 35 students per class.

Formative assessments: Students are given opportunities for formative feedback. Students  submit draft coursework for formative assessment via VLE and written feedback is provided.

Summative assessments: 100% coursework per module

Reassessment: Students can refer to the Student Handbook  for more information on  reassessments and assessments. 

  • Level 3 qualification or equivalent
  • GCSE Advanced level profile demonstrating strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCSE subject.
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution
  • Mature learners without formal qualifications are required to present a profile of achievement in the form of 2 years related work experience (paid or unpaid) and will be subject to relevant entry assessments;
  • All applicants must pass an Academic Interview
  • Proficiency in English at a standard commensurate to IELTS 5.5
  • UCAS entry not available
  • Exceptional entry route: We encourage from other applicants who may not have the entry requirements but have relevant experience in the sector. 



Next intakes
October 2019

Course duration

24 months

Academic level


Accredited by

Pearson Edexcel


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St Patrick's is a great place to be for people who love to learn and get themselves skills for life. No matter your age, culture or other differences, you still have the chance to change your life.

Joaquim Moreira, HND Business Management

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