If you have always had an interest in business and enjoy finding out about the world of commerce and industry then this may be the course for you.

This course has been designed around people working and provides an opportunity to explore multiple topics and units that are extremely important in today’s business environment. This includes business law, accounting, and leadership and management techniques.

There is scheduled face to face contact hours in the evening with online material that will be available 24/7. This will allow you the flexibility to study around your commitments. This independent study will involve a range of online activities including pre-recorded webinars, podcasts and reading material.

Through the HNC it will provide specialist business education over one year. You will gain a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required to progress into employment or continued progression onto the HND that will also run in the same delivery plan.

Entry Points:

This flexible option will deliver modules over a 7-week period.
This will include a combination of online independent learning and face to face evening seminars.

Successful completion of HNC can lead to progression to the HND for a second year.

Openshaw Campus
Full Time
1 year
January 2020
All tutors are qualified to:-

• BSc / BA / Masters in subject specific and / or Education
• Industry Experience

• We strongly recommend that all applicants have GCSE English Language and Mathematics grades A*-C or level 9-4.

• 48 UCAS points in a related subject area.

• Full level 3 qualification.
Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have previous learning towards a degree-level qualification or relevant industry or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

Business and the Business Environment (15 credits)
Build your background knowledge and understanding of business, the functions of an organisation and the wider business environments in which organisations operate, as you examine their different types, sizes and scopes.

Business Law (15 credits)
Enhance your understanding of business law and how it is applied to the running of a company, including its impact on business operations and decision-making.

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (15 credits)
Explore the definition and scope of entrepreneurship and learn what helps and hinders a business start-up, including the influence of national culture and economy, the personal characteristics of entrepreneurs, and the impact of personal situational factors like education and background.

Management Accounting (15 credits)
Focus on the fundamentals of management accounting that apply to the wider business environment and the organisations within it, exploring how financial data aids planning and the importance of monitoring and controlling finance.

Management and Operations (15 credits)
Understand the difference between the function of a manager and the role of a leader, examining the characteristics, behaviours and traits which support effective management and leadership.

Marketing Essentials (15 credits)
Explore the principles of marketing, and develop a basic marketing plan that employs elements of the marketing mix to achieve results.

Year 1: Human Resource Management (15 credits)
Learn how to appreciate and apply principles of effective Human Resource Management (HRM), discovering how people are the lifeblood of any organisation, how attraction, recruitment and retention of talented staff is at the core of all HRM activity, and how tools and techniques can be used to train, develop and extend employee skills for a business advantage.

Year 1: Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set) (15 credits)
Complete a project brief set by Pearson, with a changing theme and topic that will focus your abilities on exploring and examining a key aspect of a business.
The assessments will consist of:
• Written Reports
• Presentations
• Portfolios
Whether you’re already employed or not, the Higher National pathway will help you on a rewarding career path in a wide range of areas including management in industry and commerce, finance, marketing, sales and human resource management.

On completion of your HNC you can progress to a HND.

Future job prospects can include:

• Account Manager
• Administration Manager
• Business Analyst
• Business Developer
• Distribution Manager
• Management Consultancy
• Marketing Communication Executive
• Market Research Analyst
• Project Manager
• Product Manager

and many other management and supervisory positions at all levels.
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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All of the books required for the course are available from the library. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents.

Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.

Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Events and trips that are on an ad-hoc basis will also incur charges that students need to be aware of.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

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