The College of Central London (2023)

This Diploma is an internationally recognised qualification and is validated, administered and verified by BTEC which has now merged with University of London Examinations to form Edexcel.

The aim of the BTEC National Diploma is to provide students with a sound, basic business education, suitable for those seeking a range of careers in industry, commerce and public administration and thus enabling them to be more successful when seeking employment. It is a well regarded qualification for entry to Higher Education and advanced professional studies.

The Diploma offered by the college is unique since it is based on an international context and this, together with the learning methods utilised, enable students to take an active part in their own learning. Course tutors help to generate motivation and self-reliance, which stimulates interest among students as they develop into an active group using their skills to work as a team.

Students will be assessed on their work during the course and will also have examinations. Equal importance will be attached to the grades obtained in both. Grades are awarded by the college and approved by the BTEC External Verifier.

A BTEC Programmes Manager will be available to guide students through the course and to help them understand the principles of BTEC.

It is, above all, a practical course, designed to develop the skills of students to be able to solve problems, which are likely to arise in daily work. In addition, it enables students to continue their studies since it gives entry, and in some cases exemption, to a whole range of recognised diploma and degree courses. It is also possible to obtain subject for subject exemptions in other diploma and professional qualifications.

Entry Qualifications

Students should normally be aged 16 years or over. They must possess four GCSE's or an equivalent qualification, or a BTEC first Diploma, plus a reasonable knowledge of the English language. Mature students (over 21 years of age) may be exempt from this requirement on grounds of experience.

Duration of Course

Each Course lasts two academic years, a total of approximately 64 weeks.
There are two intakes of students per year, one inFebruary and one in September.
For those starting in February:
The first academic year commences inFebruary and ends in early December. The second academic year commences in late September and ends in June the following year.

For those starting in September:
The first academic year commences in late September and ends in June the following year. This is the same for the second academic year.

The course is structured around formal classes, seminars, tutorials and individual tuition. In addition, students will be expected to undertake private study. Students will have to prepare at least two assignments per subject per term, plus two integrated assignments.

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Syllabus

The BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) is equivalent to the first two years of an Honours Degree programme at a British University. These qualifications are designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment in management roles.
The qualification enables to students to apply for the third year of a related business degree at university. HND’s are also accepted for entry to Post-graduate DMS programmes.

Duration of course: Two years full-time study.
The Higher National Diploma in Business comprises 8 core units plus 8 option units:
The Higher National Certificate in Business comprises 6 core units plus 4 option units:

CORE Modules

Unit 1: Marketing.
Unit 2: Managing Financial Resources.
Unit 3: Organisations and Behaviour.
Unit 4: Organisations, Competition, and Environment.
Unit 5: Quantitative Techniques for Business.
Unit 6: Legal and Regulatory Framework.
Unit 7: Management Information Systems.*
Unit 8: Business Strategy.*
To achieve Higher National Certificate level, students must gain a further four option modules from either of the five available pathways. To achieve Higher National Diploma level, students must achieve a further six option modules from either of the five available pathways.

OPTIONS

Business Business & Finance

Any four options Unit 9 Management Accounting (key unit).
Unit 10: Financial Systems and Audting.
Unit 11: Financial Reporting .
Unit 12: Taxation.

Business & Management Business & Marketing

Unit 13: Managing Activities Unit 17 Marketing Intelligence (key unit).
Unit 14: Managing People Unit 18 Advertising and Promotion.
Unit 15: Managing Information Unit 19 Marketing Planning.
Unit 16: Managing Self Unit 20 Sales Planning and Operations.

Business & Marketing

Unit 21: Human Resource Management (key unit) .
Unit 22: Managing Human Resources Issues.
Unit 23: Human Resource Development.
Unit 24: Employee Relations .

To achieve Higher National Diploma level, students must achieve a further modules from either of the two available pathways.
Plus four option units (General)*
Unit 25: Purchasing.
Unit 26: Quality Management.
Unit 27: Small Business Management.
Unit 28: Environmental Management.
Unit 29: European Business.

CORE modules

Unit 1: MARKETING

1. Marketing process.
2. Target Marketing.
3. Marketing mix.
4. Market segments.

Unit 2: MANAGING FINANCIAL RESOURCES

1. Sources of finance.
2. Finance as a resource.
3 Financial performance.
4 Financial decisions.

Unit 3: ORGANISATIONS AND BEHAVIOUR

1 Approaches to management.
2 Organisational structure and culture.
3 Motivation theories and management practices.
4 Behaviour of individuals.

Unit 4: ORGANISATIONS, COMPETITION AND ENVIRONMENT

1 Objectives and purposes of organisations.
2 Local and national economy.
3 External market factors.
4 European dimension.

Unit 5: QUANTITATIVE TECHNIQUES OF BUSINESS

1.Statistical techniques.
2 Formalised procedures.
3 Quantitative techniques .

Unit 6: LEGAL AND REGULATORY FRAMEWORK

1 Principles of law.
2 Consumer protection legislation.
3 Formation, management and dissolution of business units.
4 Employment protection legislation.

Unit 7: MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS

1 Purpose and scope.
2 MIS as a business management function.
3 IT systems and applications.

Unit 8: BUSINESS STRATEGY

1 Strategic planning.
2.Strategy formulation.
3 Strategy implementation .

OPTIONS

Unit 9: MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING

1 Concept and measurement of cost.
2 Collect and analyse cost information.
3 Budgets and cash flow forecasts.
4 Monitor and control costs and budgets .

Unit 10: FINANCIAL SYSTEMS AND AUDITING

1 Financial systems.
2 Management control.
3 Nature and purposes of internal and external audit.
4 Auditing techniques .

Unit 11: Financial Reporting

1 Legal and regulatory framework.
2 Financial statements.
3 Formats for publication.

Unit 12: TAXATION

1 Tax practitioner and the UK tax environment.
2 Personal tax.
3 Sole traders and partnerships.
4 Corporation tax.
5 Capital gains tax.

Unit 13: Managing activities

1 Organisational structure.
2 Plan work activities.
3 Manage work activities.
4 Quality of products and services.
5 Health & safety.
6 Improvements.

Unit 14: MANAGING PEOPLE

1 Select personnel.
2 Development.
3 Allocate work.
4 Evaluatre performance.
5 Disciplinary and grievance procedures.

Unit 15: MANAGING INFORMATION

1 Type of information.
2 Sources of information.
3 Gather information.
4 Analyses information.
5 Record and store information.
6 Dissemination channels.

Unit 16: MANAGING SELF

1 Skills audit.
2 Development plan.
3 Review and monitor progress.
4 Evaluate progress.

Business & marketing options units

Unit 17: MARTKET INTELLIGENC

1 Buyer behaviour.
2 Market resarech techniques.
3 Competitir analysis.
4 Customer satisfaction.

Unit 18: ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION

1 Communication environment.
2 Advertising.
3 Below the line techniques.

Unit 19: MARKETING PLANNING

1 Marketing austits.
2 Marketing plan.
3 Ethical issues.

Unit 20: SALES PLANNING AND OPERATIONS

1 Field selling.
2 Sales management.
3 Controlling sales output.
4 Sales environment.

Business & personnel options

Unit 21: HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

1 Personnel management and the new approach of human resource management.
2 Prrocdures and practices used for obtaining suitable employees.
3 Principles and procedures for monitoring and reward the employee.
4 Employess exit from the organization.

Unit 22: MANAGING HUMAN RESOURCE ISSUES

1 Differing perspectives of human management.
2 Flexiblity within the workplace.
3 Equal opportunities within the workplace.
4 Welfare provision.
5 Human resource practices.

Unit 23: HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

1 Learning theory.
2 Systemmtic approach to training.
3 Training methods.
4 Government-led training initiatives.

Unit 24: EMPLOYEEE RELATIONS

1 Unitary and pluralistic frames of reference.
2 Industrial conflict and the resolution of collective disputes.
3 Collective bargaining and negotiations.
4 Employee participation.
5 Shift from industrial relations to employee relations.

Unit 25: PURCHASING

1 Purchasing function.
2 Information sources and criteria.
3 Quantities and quality of goods.
4 National and transnational organization.

Unit 26: QUALITY MANAGEMENT

1 Development of quality management.
2 Approaches to quality management.
3 Systems and procedures.
4 Barriers.

Unit 27: SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

1 Analyse perfornmance.
2 Improve management and business performance.
3 Business opbjectives and plans.

Unit 28: ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

1 Sustainability.
2 Imopact on the environment.
3 Environmental management.
4 Waste management.

Unit 29: EUROPEAN BUSINESS

1 Effect of membership on UK economic policy.
2 Patterns of trade.
3 Implications for UK organisations of the enlargement of the EU.
4 Assess opportunities for selling

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