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Business HND

Where taught Attendance UCAS code Campus code Year of entry
Kingston College 2 years full time 422N K 2019

Why choose this course?

This two-year Higher National Diploma (HND) course develops your ability to understand business issues from a range of perspectives, to analyse management problems and specify workable solutions.

What you will study

In Year 1, you will develop core study skills, boosting your employability. You will study the general global business environment and be introduced to the fundamentals of business. Other modules examine the world of work, how the business environment, including economics, influences business, the fundamentals of marketing and an introduction to people and organisations. At this level, you are expected to be able to describe and structure business problems. The knowledge and skills developed will prepare you for broader and deeper study of key management functions in Year 2.

In Year 2, you will develop analytical skills and suggest recommendations to business issues. You will further your knowledge of financial management, operations and project management and international business and culture, and make specific plans for employment.

Please note: this course is taught at Kingston College (validated by Kingston University), which is situated in Kingston town centre, close to the University's Penrhyn Road campus.

Module listing

The course will comprise the following modules:

Year 1

  • This module focuses on building essential business, study and employability skills, and prepares you to be successful on your course and in your subsequent career in business and management. It also provides you with an opportunity to develop life-long learning and personal development skills.

    The early part of the module will aim to develop the essential study skills that will be required to be successful on all the modules on level 4 of their HND, bearing in the mind the modest level of academic success that you are likely to have had to date, and will explicity support the learning and study taking place in those modules and ensure that you are engaging with appopriate personal academic planning and monitoring. As the module develops you will start to evidence those skills also in the context of your future career and learn how to build your employability, both for your own self-awareness, as well as for recruitment and selection activities you may face for placements and graduate employment. You will have the opportunity to apply your learning in a practical way working as part of a group on a business project/problem.

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  • This module is a core requirement for students studying the Business HND. It aims to introduce you to organisations and the environment of the world of work, and to provide you with models (based on economic and business theory) to enable you to apply your learning to understand and analyse real-life scenarios.

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  • This module offers you a structured and supported framework to critically reflect upon and evaluate your skills, your career motivations and your development needs. It will introduce and apply career choice and development theories as well as provide an opportunity to understand the role of HRM in recruitment and selection processes (such as CV screening, and interviewing techniques). You will develop skills such as self-reflection, career management and planning from an individual perspective as well as from the employer's viewpoint (HRM). You will also develop research skills and will have the opportunity to build upon the knowledge you have learnt in other modules regarding different business functions and environments.

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  • This module is a core requirement for students studying the HND in Business. It aims to introduce you to the marketing concept and enable you to apply the learning to simulated and/or practical situations. Further, it aims to develop transferable skills that will support you in your studying and employability. To that end, the module forms part of an integrated overall level 4 and HND structure.

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Year 2

  • This module is a core module which introduces you to accounting and financial decision making. The module has two main elements: retrospective (historical) accounting and prospective forward looking accounting. Initially you will learn retrospective accounting which consists of the basic accounting concepts and accounting standards of Financial Accounting and apply these in preparing a set of financial statements for a sole trader. You will simultaneously learn to use accounting software (SAGE). You will also learn about the regulatory and reporting requirements for different businesses. You will then progress on to prospective accounting which consists of developing management accounting techniques for decision making for the short term and long term. You will also learn how to analyse and interpret and explain basic financial information and use your analysis to make recommendations.

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  • This module is a core requirement for those studying the HND in Business. It aims to introduce you to a project management methodology that can be used to develop the plans for to a hypothetical but realistic project. You will then examine operations models and concepts that will enable you to analyse real world operations, identify operational problems and suggest appropriate improvements. You will then compare and contrast the way operations and project managers typically work.

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  • This module is a core requirement for students studying the HND in Business. It aims to introduce you to the international environment within which businesses operate and to provide you with appropriate conceptual models to enable you to apply the learning to understand and analyse real world international business decisions.

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  • This module is intended to answer two key questions for students - What is an organisation and how do people influence how organisations work? It will also allow you the opportunity to further develop the skills you will need in order to be successful within an organisation. You will consider key aspects of organisational behaviour and apply these to case study situations.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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