Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (RQF)


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BTEC Higher National Diplomas (HND) provides programme of specialist vocational learning at Level 5, reflecting the needs of professional organisations. The qualification places a strong emphasis on developing practical, specialist knowledge and understanding. It is recognised internationally by employers and institutes of higher learning.

Course Objectives
  • Equip individuals with knowledge, understanding and skills for success in a range of administrative and management positions in business
  • Provide specialist routes of study which relate to individual professions within the business  world in which learners are working or intend to seek employment
  • Enable progression to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in business or a related area
  • Support individuals employed or entering employment in the business field
  • Develop the individual’s ability in the business field through effective use and combination of the knowledge and skills gained in different parts of the programme

Syllabus Overview

– Business and the Business Environment
– Marketing Essentials
– Human Resource Management
– Management and Operations
– Management Accounting
– Organisational Behaviour
– Research Project
– Managing a Successful Business Project
– Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
– Financial Accounting
– Understanding & Leading Change
– Business Strategy
– Developing Individuals, Teams and Organisation
– International Marketing
– Pitching and Negotiating Skills

Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (RQF) will be awarded if the student completes all 15 Units.

The programme is delivered through classroom lectures, group and individual assignments, case studies, in-class exercises and industry visits where appropriate.
15  months (Theory)
Monday to Friday, 3 hours per session

18 months (Theory)
3 days a week, 3 hours per session

Full Time Intake
Dates available on request

Part-Time Intake
Dates available on request

Awarding Body
The Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (RQF) is awarded by Pearson Education Limited, UK.

To be eligible for admission to Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (RQF), you must:
  • be at least 18 years old at the time of application
  • meet the minimum academic qualification and English standard listed below

Academic Requirement:

  • Obtained a polytechnic diploma (any discipline) OR
  • GCE ‘A’ Level or equivalent (3 subject passes with minimum Grade E ) OR
  • Obtained Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Business

English Requirement:

  • have at least a C6 at GCE ‘O’ Level English OR
  • A Pass Grade (55 marks) in Centre-Devised English test OR
  • IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

Matured Candidate:

  • 30 years old and above
  • Minimum of 8 years relevant work experience in an Executive appointment
  • GCE ‘O’ Level or equivalent (3 passes with minimum Grade C6, 1 pass must be in English)
Unit 1:   Business and the Business Environment

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Explain the different types, size and scope of organisations.
  • Demonstrate the interrelationship of the various functions within an organisation and how they link to organisational structure.
  • Use contemporary examples to demonstrate both the positive and negative influence/impact the macro environment has on business operations.
  • Determine the internal strengths and weaknesses of specific businesses and explain their interrelationship with external macro factors.

 Unit 2:   Marketing Essentials

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Explain the role of marketing and how it interrelates with other functional units of an organisation.
  • Compare ways in which organisations use elements of the marketing mix (7Ps) to achieve overall business objectives.
  • Develop and evaluate a basic marketing plan.

 Unit 3:   Human Resource Management

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose and scope of Human Resource Management in terms of resourcing an organisation with talent and skills appropriate to fulfil business objectives.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the key elements of Human Resource Management in an organisation.
  • Analyse internal and external factors that affect Human Resource Management decision-making, including employment legislation.
  • Apply Human Resource Management practices in a work-related context.

Unit 4:   Management and Operations

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Differentiate between the role of a leader and the function of a manager.
  • Apply the role of a leader and the function of a manager in given contexts.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the role leaders and managers play in the operations function of an organisation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between leadership and management in a contemporary business environment.

Unit 5:   Management Accounting

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of management accounting systems.
  • Apply a range of management accounting techniques.
  • Explain the use of planning tools used in management accounting.
  • Compare ways in which organisations could use management accounting to respond to financial problems.

Unit 6:   Managing a Successful Business Project

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Establish project aims, objectives and timeframes based on the chosen theme.
  • Conduct small-scale research, information gathering and data collection to generate knowledge to support the project.
  • Present the project and communicate appropriate recommendations based on meaningful conclusions drawn from the evidence findings and/or analysis.
  • Reflect on the value gained from conducting the project and its usefulness to support sustainable organisational performance.

Unit 7:   Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Explore and illustrate the range of venture types that might be considered entrepreneurial.
  • Assess the impact of small businesses on the economy.
  • Determine and assess the key aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Examine the different environments that foster or hinder entrepreneurship.

Unit 8: Financial Accounting

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Record business transactions using double entry book-keeping, and be able to extract a trial balance.
  • Prepare final accounts for sole-traders, partnerships or limited companies in accordance with appropriate principles, conventions and standards.
  • Perform bank reconciliations to ensure company and bank records are correct.
  • Reconcile control accounts and shift recorded transactions from the suspense accounts to the right accounts.

Unit 9: Research Project

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Examine appropriate research methodologies and approaches as part of the research process.
  • Conduct and analyse research relevant to a business research project.
  • Communicate the outcomes of a research project to identified stakeholders.
  • Reflect on the application of research methodologies and concepts.

Unit 10: Organisational Behaviour

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Analyse the influence of culture, politics and power on the behaviour of others in an organisational context.
  • Evaluate how to motivate individuals and teams to achieve a goal.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to cooperate effectively with others.
  • Apply concepts and philosophies of organisational behaviour to a given business situation.

Unit 11: Understanding and Leading Change

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Compare ways in which change impacts on an organisation’s strategy and operations.
  • Evaluate the influences that drivers of change have on organisational behaviour.
  • Determine how barriers to change influence leadership decision-making.
  • Apply a range of leadership approaches to a change initiative.

Unit 12: Business Strategy

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Analyse the impact and influence which the macro environment has on an organisation and its business strategies.
  • Assess an organisation’s internal environment and capabilities.
  • Evaluate and apply the outcomes of an analysis using Porter’s Five Forces model to a given market sector.
  • Apply models, theories and concepts to assist with the understanding and interpretation of strategic directions available to an organisation.

Unit 13: Developing Individuals, Teams and Organisations

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Analyse employee knowledge, skills and behaviours required by HR professionals.
  • Analyse the factors to be considered when implementing and evaluating inclusive learning and development to drive sustainable business performance.
  • Apply knowledge and understanding to the ways in which high-performance working (HPW) contributes to employee engagement and competitive advantage.
  • Evaluate ways in which performance management, collaborative working and effective communication can support high-performance culture and commitment.

Unit 14: International Marketing

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how marketing contributes to business strategies in an international context.
  • Evaluate entry to a selection of international markets and define the key success factors.
  • Investigate how elements of the marketing plan can be adapted or standardised across international markets.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to organise and evaluate international marketing efforts (multinational, global, transnational, meta-national, etc.).

Unit 15: Pitching and Negotiation Skills

By the end of this unit a student will be able to:

  • Evaluate the context of a negotiation and identify the information required to prepare for a negotiation.
  • Manage documentation relevant to tenders and contracts.
  • Develop a pitch to achieve a sustainable competitive edge.
  • Assess the outcome of a pitch and negotiation.
University Pathway
BTEC Higher Nationals are well recognised internationally – the qualifications are currently delivered in 65 different countries.

As with most progression pathways to degrees, the entry point for a learner is at the discretion of the international higher education centre. In addition, the centre may have specific requirements around language levels, etc. that the learner will need to meet as part of the application process.

University Pathway
Over 100 universities worldwide recognise BTEC qualifications for progression so graduates can pursue a top-up final year degree with British, Australia and US universities. Find out more here.

Career Prospects
The BTEC Higher National in Business is a vocational qualification and so provides learners with a range of skills and knowledge that can be readily applied in the workplace.

Application FeeLocal StudentInternational Student
Application Fee (non refundable)50.0050.00

For CourseLocal Student International Student
Material Fee350.00350.00
Examination Fee1,200.001,200.00
Pearson Registration Fee700.00700.00
Medical Insurance Fee*120.00120.00
FPS Insurance Fee*500.00500.00
Uniform Fee50.0050.00
Student Pass Fee*N.A.120.00
Medical Check up**N.A.50.00
Registration Fee*100.00250.00
Course Fee9,000.009,000.00
Net Fees12,861.4013,203.80

* Non-refundable fees consumed upon enrolment
** Non-refundable fees after consumed

Miscellaneous FeesLocal StudentInternational Student
Penalty charge for late payment of course fee50.0050.00
Re-assignment fee per assignment115.00115.00
Appeal to the Academic and Examination Board against examination result150.00150.00
Additional Student Guidebook per copy30.0030.00
Student Pass Renewal FeeNA120.00
Application for Exemption Fee100.00100.00
Reprint of Diploma certificate200.00200.00
Additional Uniform Fee per Shirt25.0025.00
Student ID Card30.0030.00
Postage Fee74.7774.77
Pearson annual registration renewal fee100.00100.00

¹ All Course fees payable by local and international students are protected under the Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) except Goods and Services Tax. Students can pay both their course and miscellaneous fees directly into ‘Boston Business School Pte Ltd’ DBS Account No. 003-901554-2 through any of the following methods:

  • SGD crossed cheque
  • SGD cash
  • Cashier’s order
  • Bank draft
  • Telegraphic transfer
  • NETS

² Miscellaneous fees are non-compulsory and non-standard fees which are paid only when necessary or applicable.

³ All fees are in Singapore dollars and are subject to 7% Goods and Services Tax.

Students have to pass 15 units in order to be awarded the qualification. Assessments take place throughout the course at various points during each unit. Most assessments are assignment based and there is no examination. This allows students to demonstrate their understanding of topics as they progress through the course.

Each unit is delivered over a four week period. Students are required to submit assignments and work by the specific dates set, and will be penalized for late submission of work. Students will receive a time-table at the start of their course. Each successfully completed unit will be graded as a pass, merit or distinction. A pass is awarded for the achievement of all outcomes against the specific criteria given.

You will receive Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (RQF) upon successful completion of 15 units.

A pass is required for all modules. In order to achieve merit and distinction grades, students in Singapore and elsewhere must meet all the assessment criteria and the merit or distinction criteria specified.