Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Tech-Out)

The Higher National Diploma is designed to provide an educational foundation for a range of business and management careers in business and finance.

Introduction

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The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma Level 5 in Business is designed to meet the following aims:

  • To provide an educational foundation for a range of business and management careers in business & finance
  • To provide specialised studies directly relevant to individual vocations and professions in which students are working or intend to seek employment
  • To enable students to make an immediate contribution in employment
  • To provide flexibility, knowledge, skills and motivation as a basis for career development and as a basis for progression to graduate and postgraduate studies
  • To develop students’ ability in business & finance through effective use and combination of the knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme
  • To develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in working life.
Course Syllabus/Content

The Higher National Diploma course comprises of sixteen (16) subject units of study. The sixteen (16) units are determined by the college from the following list:

Core Units

Business Environment

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an understanding of different organisations, the influence of stakeholders and the relationship between businesses and the local, national and global environments.The aim of the unit is to encourage learners to identify the objectives of organisations and the influence of stakeholders. Learners are also encouraged to investigate the operation of organisations in relation to the local, national and global environment. The unit also provides learners with a solid base of understanding of the parameters within which organisations act that can be built upon in future units.

Managing Financial Resources and Decisions

The unit aim is to provide learners with an understanding of where and how to access sources of finance for a business, and the skills to use financial information for decision making.

This unit is designed to give learners a broad understanding of the ways in which finance is managed within a business organisation. Learners will learn how to evaluate the different sources of finance, compare the ways in which these are used and will learn how to use financial information to make decisions. Included will be consideration of decisions relating to pricing and investment, as well as budgeting. Finally, learners will learn techniques for the evaluation of financial performance.

Organisations and Behaviour

The aim of this unit is to give learners an understanding of individual and group behaviour in organisations and to examine current theories and their application in managing behaviour in the workplace.

This unit provides an introduction to the nature of organisations in relation to management practices. The unit examines the internal nature of organisations from both a theoretical and practical viewpoint. The unit is intended to develop an understanding of the behaviour of people within organisations and the significance of organisational design and characteristics. It also aims to provide the basis for, and to underpin further study in, specialist areas of business.

Marketing Principles

This unit aims to provide learners with understanding and skills relating to the fundamental concepts and principles that underpin the marketing process.

Aspects of Contract and Negligence for Business

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an understanding of aspects of the law of contract and tort an the skill to apply them, particularly in business situations.

Business Decision Making

The aim of this unit is to give learners the opportunity to develop techniques for data gathering and storage, an understanding of the tools available to create and present useful information, in order to make business decisions.

In business, good decision making requires the effective use of information. This unit gives learners the opportunity to examine a variety of sources and develop techniques for four aspects of information: data gathering, data storage, and the tools available to create useful information and present it.

Computers are used in business for much of this and thus the appreciation and use of appropriate IT software is central to the completion of this unit. Specifically, learners will use spreadsheets and other software for data analysis and the preparation of information. The use of spreadsheets for the manipulation of numbers, and understanding of how to apply the results, are seen as more important than the mathematical derivation of formula used. They will also gain an appreciation of information systems currently used at all levels in an organization as aids to decision making.

Business Strategy

The aim of this unit is to give learners the knowledge and understanding of how a business unit can strategically organise and plan for likely future outcomes in order to be successful.

The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ abilities to evaluate and select strategies appropriate to business organisations. This will involve analysis of the impacts of the external operating environment and the need to plan organisational strategies to ensure effective business performance.

Research Project

To develop learners’ skills of independent enquiry and critical analysis by undertaking a sustained research investigation of direct relevance to their Higher Education programmes and professional development.

This unit is designed to introduce learners to the techniques and methods of research. The unit addresses a variety of research methodologies, including the opportunity to carry out interventionist or action research. Learners will be required to produce a project report based on independent research into an area of professional business practice that interests them and will add to their professional development. The study should use both primary and secondary sources of information, and should be an exploration of a current major issue. The study undertaken should build on knowledge, skills and understanding that have been achieved in other units. Tutor approval should be sought before commencing study.

Specialist Units (Accounting Pathway)

Management Accounting: Costing and Budgeting

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the understanding and ability to use cost information for budgeting and forecasting purposes in the management of business.In this unit learners will consider cost information both current and future. Cost data will be collected, compiled and analysed, and will be processed into information of use to management. The unit goes on to deal with budgetary planning and control, preparing forecasts and budgets and then comparing them to actual results. Learners will consider different costing and budgetary systems and will discuss the causes of resulting variances.

Financial Accounting and Reporting

In this unit learners will prepare financial statements for different types of business, complying with relevant legal and regulatory provisions and the basic principles of group accounts. Learners will also develop tools for the interpretation of financial statements.

Financial Systems and Auditing

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to deelop understanding and skills in the management of business accounting systems and the conduct and reporting of audits.

This unit examines the accounting and management control systems of a business. Learners will analyse these systems and evaluate their effectiveness, particularly in terms of controls and safeguards against error and fraud. The purpose and conduct of an audit will be covered, together with the process of audit reporting.

Taxation

This unit aims to give learners an understanding of the taxation of individuals and limited companies in the United Kingdom.

This unit considers the taxation of both individuals and limited companies. Learners will calculate taxable income and tax payable, allowing for different sources of income, relevant allowable expenditure, and applicable tax-free allowances. Income tax, corporation tax and capital gains tax are all covered.

Specialist Units (Marketing Pathway)

Marketing Intelligence

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the purchase decision- making process and how marketing research techniques are used to contribute to the development of marketing plans.

Advertising and Promotion in Business

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the understanding and skills for using advertising, promotion and marketing communications effectively. Learners will put this into practice by planning an integrated promotional strategy.

Marketing Planning

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the understanding and skills to develop marketing plans that meet marketing objectives, and meet the needs of the target market.

Sales Planning and Operations

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an understanding of sales planning, sales management, and the selling process, which can be applied in different markets and environments

Specialist Units (Management Pathway)

Personal and Professional Development

The unit aims to help the learner become an effectieve and confident self-directed employee. This helps the learner become confident in managing own personal and professional skills to achieve personal and career goals

Working with and Leading People

The aim of this unit is to develop the skills and knowledge needed for working with and leading others, through understanding the importance of recruiting the right people for the job.

Managing Business Activities to Achieve Results

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the understanding and skills to manage their activities in the business workplace to improve their effectiveness and efficiency.

Managing Communications, Knowledge and Information

The aim of this unit is to show how communications, knowledge and information can be improved within an organization including making better use of IT systems.

Specialist Units (Human Resources Pathway)

Human Resource Management

This unit provides an introduction to the concepts and practices of human resource management and focuses on the management of recruitment, retention and employment cessation.The aim of the unit is to provide an understanding of the human resource management role and function within the key areas of resourcing, reward, development and relations.

Managing Human Resource

The aim of this unit is to develop an understanding of the theory and practice of human resource management focusing on current human resources practice and the impact of topical issues and legislation.

Human Resources Development

This unit will develop the skills and understanding needed for planning and designing training and development, through understanding how people learn and the suitability of different training methods and initiatives.

Employee Relations

The aim of this unit is to introduce learners to the importance of good employee relations for business success and impact of changes which have affected employment relationships.

General Optional Units

The Internet and E-Business

The aim of this unit is to give learners an understanding of the internet and how e-business can be used in organizations.

Internet Marketing

This unit provides learners with an understanding of internet marketing so that they can develop the skills to use the internet for promotion, advertising, interactive communications, market research, developing customer relationships and an internet marketing plan.

E-Business Operations

This unit provides learners with an understanding of e-business operations so that they can develop the skill to use the internet and electronic processes for supply chain activities and other business applications.

Small Business Enterprise

The aim of this unit is to give learners the opportunity to focus on the processes involved, through change management, of reviewing and improving the performance of a small business enterprise.The unit is primarily designed for learners who are interested in small business enterprises and looks at the development and expansion of such businesses. The unit will be particularly appropriate for Higher National Certificate learners who are involved in small business enterprises. The unit draws together many of the topics covered in other units and allows learners to practise the business skills required in a small business.

Employability Skills

This unit provides learners with the opportunity to acquire honed employability skills required for effective employment.

Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation

To develop learners’ skills of independent enquiry by undertaking a sustained investigation of direct relevance to their vocational, academic and professional development.

Work-based Experience *

This unit aims to enable learners to experience the scope and depth of learning which may take place in a work- based context by planning, monitoring and evaluating the work experience.

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Utilize techniques and technology to address business problems and enable effective decision making
  2. Understand fundamental marketing concepts, key areas of advertising and promotion and present a credible marketing plan
  3. Understand the nature and issues of business environment, organisations and behaviours
  4. Explain the role and functions of management information systems in business operations
  5. Explain the functions, processes and information needs of organisations
  6. Understand personnel function of management and employment relationship within the organisat
  7. Understand the concepts, principles and techniques of financial systems and auditing
  8. Learn basic financial techniques used for decision making and prepare financial reports
  9. Understand basic principles of law relating to business and taxation for individuals and businesses
  10. Demonstrate problem-solving skills
  11. Demonstrate the ability to work independently as well as effectively as a member of a team
Course Information

Class Size

Class size: Maximum 70 for lectures, Maximum 40 per class for practical and tutorial lessons

Certification

  1. To be awarded the Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business, the student must meet the award criteria below.
  2. To be awarded the Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Marketing), the student must meet the award criteria below. In addition, all specialist units in the Marketing Pathway must be successfully completed
  3. To be awarded the Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (Management), the student must meet the award criteria below. In addition, all specialist units in the Management Pathway must be successfully completed

Award Criteria

A 240-credit qualifications that consists eight (8) mandatory core units plus eight specialist units and/or general optional units that provide for a combined total of 240 credits. The rules of combination for this qualification are as specified as follows:

  1. Qualification credit value: a minimum of 240 credits.
  2. Minimum credits to be achieved at the level of the qualification (level 5): 125 credits.
  3. Mandatory core units: 125 credits.
  4. Specialist units: 115 credits.

Course Schedule

This Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business Award takes approximately 960 hours excluding the development and implementation of coursework.

Total Duration:18 months (full-time),30 months (part-time)
Total Course Hours:960 hours

Entry Requirements

  • Diploma
  • Chinese Senior Secondary Year 3
  • SMU 3
  • GCE ‘A’ Levels – at least two (2) Grade E
  • ITE Higher NITEC 2.5
  • STPM – 2 passes
  • Vietnam Grade 12
  • Any other equivalent qualification
  • Applicants with foreign qualifications equivalent to the above may be admitted provided they are proficient in the English Language, and possess

    1. IELTS 5.5 or equivalent qualifications (wef July 2016 intake) OR
    2. a Pass in English Placement Test determined by the college.

    * Those without IELTS 5.5 are required to attend an English Course at a fee.

    The Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are accredited on the QCF for learners aged 18 and above.

    More mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience of paid and/or unpaid employment and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

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Course details

Lectures/Tutorials

The course is mainly conducted in the classroom via face-to-face learning which encourages student-teacher interaction. Students are encouraged to attend field trips organised by the school to encourage experiential learning.

  • Brainstorming
  • Debates
  • Discussion
  • Group Work
  • Field Trips
  • Case Studies
  • Role Play and
  • Simulation

Assessment

In-course assessments will be conducted only. In-course assessments may include quizzes, class tests, class participation in question and answer sessions, oral presentation, subject assignments including assignment reports and demonstrations where relevant, valid and appropriate

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