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Business HND

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 find workable solutions.

It is delivered through a series of core modules which introduce you to the world of business, the range of functions and employment roles within business and the knowledge and skills required to be successful.

This course is taught at Kingston College and validated by Kingston University. Kingston College is located within 5 minutes of the University's Penrhyn Road campus. You will be able to take advantage of Kingston University's facilities, such as study skills classes, the library and leisure facilities.

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

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • Through additional modules, you'll be able to convert your HND to a full honours degree.
  • You'll be able to use Kingston University facilities, such as study skills classes, the library and leisure facilities.

What you will study

The course will comprise the following modules:

Year 1

Year 2

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.

Core modules

Business and Study Fundamentals

30 credits

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.

Business Organisations and the Wider Environment

30 credits

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.

Career and Employability Development/HRM

30 credits

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.

Essentials of Marketing

30 credits

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.

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.

Core modules

Financial and Managerial Decision Making

30 credits

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.

Introduction to Project and Operations Management

30 credits

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.

International Business and Culture

30 credits

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.

People and Organisations

30 credits

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.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Entry requirements

If you want to join us in 2019 through Clearing, please call us on 0800 0483 334 (or +44 020 8328 1149 if you are calling from outside the UK) and speak to our friendly and knowledgeable hotliners who will be able to provide information on available courses and will guide you through your options.

Please note the tariff information below is for 2020 entry only.

Typical Offer

  • 32 UCAS tariff points from level 3 qualifications (e.g. two A2 subjects, BTEC Diploma)
  • Candidates are normally required to hold five GCSE subjects grades A*-C including Mathematics and English Language (or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE grading).

Additional requirements

  • Entry on to this course does not require an interview, entrance test, audition or portfolio

Alternative Routes

  • QAA-approved Access to Higher Education Diploma in a relevant subject with 60 credits, minimum 45 credits at Level 3 pass.
  • Candidates are normally required to hold five GCSE subjects grades A*-C including Mathematics and English Language (or comparable numeric score under the newly reformed GCSE grading).

Teaching and assessment

You are taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of students. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. 

Guided independent study

When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities at Kingston Collage, including the library, the Undergraduate Centre, and our computer laboratories.

Academic support

Kingston Colleges' Academic Support Team provide help in the following areas:

  • study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • academic writing (including how to reference)
  • research skills (in conjunction with the library)
  • critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Your workload

Year 1

  • 45% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
  • Scheduled teaching and learning: 544 hours
  • Guided independent study: 656 hours

Year 2

  • 43% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity      
  • Scheduled teaching and learning: 512 hours
  • Guided independent study: 688 hours

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation). The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows, though depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose:

Year 1

  • 65% Coursework
  • 15% Practical
  •  20% Exam

Year 2 

  • 56% Coursework
  • 20% Practical
  • 24% Exam

Class sizes

The relatively small class sizes, which are a key feature of the learning environment at Kingston College, allows significant interaction and individual monitoring of students by lecturing staff. 

After this course

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to continue your studies to convert your HND to a full honours degree. Many of the students who pass this course progress to the Business BA (Hons) top-up course, also taught at Kingston College and validated by Kingston University.

Who teaches this course?

You will be taught by staff at Kingston College, who are an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers. 

Course fees and funding

2019/20 fees for this course

Please refer to the Kingston College website.

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Text books

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences.

Free WIFI is available on each of the campuses.

The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • annual printing allowance at Kingston College

 The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

  • awarding body fees
  • additional printing over and above the annual allowance
  • the cost of books, or software that you might wish to purchase.


Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

EU students starting a programme in the 2019/20 academic year will be charged the same fees as those who began in 2018/19 (subject to any annual increase in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions and the Kingston University fees schedule).

They will also be able to access the same financial support for the duration of their course as students who began in 2018/19, even if their degree concludes after the UK's exit from the EU.

No assurances have yet been made regarding 2020/21 and beyond. Updates will be published here as soon as they become available.

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