HNC/D Leadership and Management (HTQ)

The Conservation and Education Centre at the former Bristol Zoo Gardens site remains open to students.

You will have private access to the zoo grounds during lectures, to carry out your observations and data collection, but as more animals are moved, this will gradually be carried out at the Bristol Zoo Project. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.


Unlock Your Leadership Potential with Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Leadership and Management

Are you ready to elevate your career and become a dynamic leader in the business world? Our Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Leadership and Management is meticulously designed to empower you with the essential skills, knowledge, and confidence needed for high-performance success.


  1. Leadership Excellence: Cultivate your leadership prowess by honing crucial skills and gaining comprehensive insights, enabling you to excel in diverse business environments.
  2. Adaptability and Problem Solving: Develop an inquiring mind, equipping you to confidently lead and manage across various business functions. Tackle complex situations with resilience and adaptability.
  3. Global Business Acumen: Gain profound insights into business operations within the global marketplace. Learn to create and implement operational plans that achieve goals amidst opportunities and challenges.
  4. Digital Transformation: Understand the significant impact of digital technologies on the business environment. Master data security, management, and effective technology utilisation within organisations.
  5. Versatile Career Preparation: Acquire core skills essential for leadership and management careers, spanning operations management, talent management, marketing, and sales.
  6. Inclusive Leadership: Develop behaviours that embody inclusivity, agility, and professionalism. Strive for excellence in all aspects of work, showcasing resilience and accountability.
  7. Holistic Employability Focus: Strike the perfect balance between employability skills, essential behaviours, and knowledge critical for those pursuing diverse career paths or academic ambitions.
  8. Organisational Values: Gain a deep understanding of organisational values, cultural diversity, cross-cultural issues, diversity, and ethical values.


  • Campus : The course is available at our University Centre WISE Campus in North Bristol offering  free student car parking and easy access to M4/M5. Parkway Railway station is a 10 minute walk.
  • Progression Opportunities: Enrolling in the HNC (Year 1) is your gateway to success. Progression to the HND (Year 2 - Level 5) is based on your assessment performance, closely monitored throughout the course. Strong links with local universities offer seamless transitions to Level 6 'top-up' years for those aiming to attain a full Bachelor's degree.

Embark on a transformative journey with us, where leadership excellence meets career advancement. Enrol now to shape your future in leadership and management!

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What are Higher Technical Qualifications? (HTQs)

HTQs are technical qualifications that have been developed by employers and awarding bodies, so you’ll get the right training, knowledge, and skills to succeed in the workplace.

They are based on the same set of standards as apprenticeships and T Levels and have been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education as meeting the occupational standards for the relevant sector.

There are many different types of HTQs, such as:

  • higher national diplomas
  • higher national certificates
  • foundation degrees
  • higher education diplomas

Not all diplomas, certificates and foundation degrees are approved HTQs. Look out for the HTQ logo or banner which will always show on approved qualifications.

Who are Higher Technical Qualifications for?

  • They're for students over 18 who want to study a subject to prepare them for skilled jobs and for adults looking to retrain or upskill.
  • They will suit you if you want a more practical, employer-led programme.
  • Although Higher Technical Qualifications are primarily designed for entry into skilled employment or those looking to retrain or upskill, you could also progress to further study and/or training.

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Study Modules
The Contemporary Business Environment

Business activity is fundamental and universal to our everyday lives. Business organisations may differ in many ways, depending on the industry in which they operate globally, but they do share one common feature: the transformation of inputs into outputs. This transformation process takes place against a background of external influences that impact on business activity. The external environment in which business organisations operate is dynamic, complex, volatile and interactive. The aim of this unit is to give you background knowledge and understanding of business, the functions of an organisation and the wider business environments in which organisations operate. You will examine the different types of organisation (including for-profit and not-for-profit), their size and scope (for example, micro, smalland medium-sized enterprise, transnational and global) and how they operate. You will explore the relationships that organisations have with their various stakeholders and how the wider external environments influence and shape business decision-making. The knowledge, understanding and skill sets that you gain in this unit will help you to have an insight into different business functions, which will support you with further study, support the development of analytical thinking and the application of key analytical tools used throughout business planning, and enable you to choose your preferred areas of specialism in future studies and in your professional career.


Marketing Process and Planning

Large, medium and small businesses that operate globally, internationally or locally have at least one thing in common – they all use marketing to influence people to engage with their products and/or services. Whether this means becoming a loyal customer buying a product and service or donating to a charity, organisations use a range of marketing techniques and tools to inform and influence people. This unit is designed to introduce you to the dynamic world of the marketing sector and the wealth of exciting career opportunities available to support your decision-making in their career choices. You will have the opportunity to learn about the competencies and behaviours required by employers to work in the marketing sector. You will be introduced to the key principles of marketing, enabling you to develop a marketing plan and to employ elements of the marketing mix to achieve results. You will study the underpinning theories and frameworks of marketing while relating you to real-world examples, including products and services that you encounter in your daily life. The knowledge, understanding and skill sets that you will gain on successfully completing this unit will enhance your career opportunities, whether these are setting up your own business or employment in an organisation


Management of Human Resources

People are the lifeblood of any organisation and the ability to attract, recruit and retain talented staff is critical to the success of any organisation, whether in business, in voluntary organisations or in government. Human resource management (HRM) provides organisations with the principles, knowledge and behaviours to focus people-management activities on supporting and enhancing organisational success and performance. This unit will give you the knowledge and skills associated with human resources (HR) occupational roles at either a generalist level – for example, HR assistant, adviser or business partner – or more specialist roles in areas such as recruitment, talent acquisition and performance and reward management. You will explore the nature and scope of HRM and the organisational context of people management, including recruitment and retention, training and development, reward systems, employment relations and associated legislative frameworks. The aim of the unit is to enable you to understand and be able to apply principles of effective HRM to enhance sustainable organisational performance and contribute to organisational success, holding business outcomes and people outcomes in equal balance. You will apply HR practices in a work-related context, using your knowledge and practising skills and behaviours in relevant professional areas, including resourcing, talent planning and recruitment, learning and development and employee engagement. On completion of the unit, you will understand the purpose and scope of HRM activities. You will be able to apply a range of people-management skills to enhance the performance of an organisation by finding solutions to people-related problems.


Leadership and Management

The ability to lead and manage effectively is highly sought after by industry as employers seek to produce and develop managers who can motivate, enthuse and build respect throughout their workforce. The hard and soft skills required by leaders and managers are frequently highlighted by employers as skills gaps in recruitment. Developing these skills will help you to meet career aspirations in leadership and management. The aim of this unit is to help you to understand the difference between the function of a manager and the role of a leader. You will consider the characteristics, behaviours and traits that support effective management and leadership. You will learn about the theories that have shaped the understanding of leadership and management and how these have provided a guide to action for managers and leaders who want to secure success for their businesses. You will look at leadership styles, how and why they are used and the extent to which they are effective. This unit also gives you an understanding of motivational strategies. You will develop motivational strategies covering intrinsic and extrinsic aspects of motivation. Finally, you will evaluate the importance of managing performance in achieving continuous improvement.


Accounting Principles

Management accounting is a profession that supports management decision-making, planning and performance-management systems. Management accountants provide expertise in financial reporting and control to assist management in the formulation and implementation of an organisation's strategy by providing appropriate financial information and undertaking related accounts administration. The overall aim of this unit is to introduce fundamental accounting principles that underpin financial operations and support good and sustainable decision-making in any organisation. You will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of a range of financial and management accounting techniques. On successful completion of this unit, You will be able to assist senior colleagues in producing and analysing budgets, drawing up simple financial statements and using financial ratios to interpret performance. You will also explore wider aspects of accountancy, especially ethics, transparency and sustainability, and gain fundamental knowledge and skills that will enable you to progress to a higher level of study


Managing a Successful Business Project

The project brief will be set by SGS College, based on a theme provided by Pearson (this will change annually). The theme and chosen topic within the theme will enable you to explore and examine a relevant and topical aspect of business in the context of the business environment. The skills of project management are highly sought after by employers in all areas of business, as the ability to plan, procure and execute a business project efficiently requires a range of specific skills in leadership, time management, problem-solving, budgeting and communication. The aim of this unit is to offer you an opportunity to demonstrate the skills required for managing and implementing a small-scale business project. You will undertake independent research and investigation for carrying out and executing a business project that meets appropriate business aims and objectives. On successful completion of this unit, you will have the confidence to engage in decision-making, problem-solving and research activities using project management skills. You will have the fundamental knowledge and skills to enable you to investigate and examine relevant business concepts in a work-related context, determine appropriate outcomes, decisions or solutions and present evidence to various stakeholders in an acceptable and understandable format.

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Operational Planning and Management

Operations management is everywhere, in every organisation, in every service experienced and in every product consumed. It is the administration of business practices to create the highest level of efficiency possible in an organisation. It is concerned with converting materials and labour into goods and services as efficiently as possible to maximise profits. The aim of this unit is to enable you to explore how operations management manages all business activities to efficiently create and deliver products and services. This includes the transformation of inputs into outputs of finished goods and services and activities throughout the supply chain. You will explore the approach to quality management and continuous improvement in the production process. You will review how operations managers have to look externally as well as at internal processes, considering suppliers’ performance and customers throughout the supply chain. By the end of the unit you will have an insight into the complex nature of operations, processes and supply chain management, fundamental for understanding the holistic work environment in any industry and organisation.

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*This programme is subject to validation and delivery approval by the University of Gloucestershire.
University Centre WISE
Higher National Certificate
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1 Year
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2 Years
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Entry Requirements

Level 3 qualifications including GCSE Maths and English grade 4 or above. Mature students without the necessary entry qualifications will be assessed on an individual basis

Course info last updated:
April 20, 2024
Delivery Format

The delivery format for your degree-level programs is primarily face-to-face and in-person sessions. However, there may be some hybrid sessions offered occasionally, mainly for flexibility purposes, such as tutorials or for larger events like visiting lecturers. Additionally, it's mentioned that all degree programs are well-supported by Virtual Learning Environments, which include Teams or Google Classroom.

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