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.

Course Description

The HND programme is made up of two parts, part one is the Higher National Certificate (Level 4) in Business, followed by part two the Higher National Diploma (Level 5) in Business Management. This popular Business HND is designed to help you develop the wide range of personal skills that employers require. If you are already working, gaining these skills will enable you to make an immediate contribution to your current role. The course will provide you with an extensive overview of practical business skills, which will give you a strong foundation of knowledge upon which to build a successful career.

Develop your career

Upon completion of the HND, you will understand and be familiar with evolving concepts, theories and techniques in business and management. You’ll also understand how they can be successfully applied to real business situations. You will have developed personal skills, including being able to organise and prioritise your workload, and enhance your leadership abilities and self-confidence. Obtaining this range of assets provides an entry route into a broad range of business careers, and will give you an advantage in a competitive job market and for your future career development. The course will be delivered using a blend of teaching and learning methods and will include lectures, group activities, written tasks, personal research and tutorials.

Build your skills

You will complete eight units throughout the year, with each unit being assessed by assignments and/or oral presentations; these will be graded on a pass, merit and distinction basis. The course assignments will assess your knowledge and ability to demonstrate analytical and independent research, apply business theory and evaluate decisions in a real business context. Support will be offered by lecturers in preparation for assessment. The course requires reflective learning, creative thinking and effective time management.

"This qualification is a fantastic opportunity"

"This qualification is a fantastic opportunity for progressing onto university and offers a flexible and accessible approach to studying at undergraduate level that traditional degrees do not tend to have".

HND Business Management
Study Modules
Unit 54
E-Commerce and Strategy

In this unit, students will gain an understanding of how and why businesses and organisations develop e-commerce strategies to remain competitive in the global market. Students will develop an appreciation of the elements and resources required to set up an e-commerce site and will be engaged in the design and implementation of their own strategies that would, in reality, form part of a secure e-commerce site. Students will research and investigate the technologies involved insetting up a secure e-commerce site in preparation for their own e-commerce strategy. Students will then devise a strategy based on an element of e-commerce, for example designing a shopping cart, an ordering system, payment system or an online marketing system. Their design should be fully implemented and evaluated in terms of its success or failure.

Unit 43
Business Strategy

The aim of this unit is to develop students awareness of the different types of strategic approaches that 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 that could significantly support an organisations strategic choice and direction. On successful completion of this unit, students will have developed sufficient knowledge and understanding of strategy to make a positive, efficient and effective contribution to the development of business plans and operational direction. They could do this in the role of a junior manager responsible for having a specific input into an organisations decision making and planning.

Unit 25
Global Business Environment

The aim of this unit is to explore the wider position that some organisations have in the global environment. Students will gain an appreciation of the complexities of operating in a global environment, enabling them insight in to an organisations current or aspirational global presence. This enables students to add value to an organisation as they will be able to apply their knowledge in such a way that they could advise senior managers (in large and small organisations) on global matters that they might not have otherwise considered.

Unit 26
Principles of Operations Management

The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the role of operations in an organisation, how the nature of operations management has evolved and how it contributes to sustained competitive advantage. Students will understand the key concepts of operations management in an organisational and environmental context, and how this links to supply chain management, products and processes, organisational efficiency and effectiveness, and the achievement of tactical and strategic objectives. A variety of operations management techniques and frameworks will be explored, including continuous improvement, total quality management, benchmarking and risk analysis.

Unit 19
Research Project (Pearson Set)

Research skills enable students to identify a problem, collect informational resources that can help address the problem, evaluate the resources for quality and relevance, and come up with an effective solution to the problem. These are seen as essential skills by employers for most positions in industry, to support a range of duties, for example report writing, building a business case, business planning, launching a new product or service.This is a Pearson-set unit. Students will choose their own project based on a theme provided by Pearson (this will change annually). The project must be related to their specialist pathway of study (unless they are studying the general business pathway).This will enable students to explore and examine a relevant and current topical aspect of business in the context of the business environment and their chosen specialist pathway.

Unit 24
Understanding and Leading Change

In business, change is all around in all areas of an organisation, from minor process changes to large-scale structural change. The aim of this unit is for students to understand the different types and scope of change that may occur in an organisation. The unit will aim to illustrate the drivers/triggers for change and how they vary and affect organisations in different ways, including the degree of impact and managements response to change. Students will gain an appreciation of how the depth of change can influence organisational behaviour both during and after the change.

Unit 20
Organisational Behaviour

Organisational behaviour is concerned with understanding, explaining and predicting the behaviour of individuals in the workplace and can assist in the development of practical solutions to organisational and managerial problems. The aim of this unit is to develop knowledge and understanding of how organisational behaviour concepts, theories and techniques can be applied in work and management settings in order to enhance individual, team and organisational performance. Students will be able to apply this knowledge in a variety of business situations.

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*This programme is subject to validation and delivery approval by the University of Gloucestershire.
University Centre WISE
Higher National Diploma
Full-time Duration:
2 Year
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Part-time Duration:
4 Years
Part-time Fee (Per Year):
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Entry Requirements

The minimum UCAS tariff entry points from a level 3 qualification, GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4. Once your application has been reviewed, you may be invited for an interview. Mature students over 24 without the relevant qualifications will be required to demonstrate previous experience and evidence of academic ability.

Course info last updated:
April 11, 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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