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BTEC Higher National Diploma in Business (HRM)

Key Facts
Course code: HNDHRM
Duration: Two years
Start dates: Every Month*
Mode of study Full time/Part time
Fee Irish/EU Students €3000 p.a
Fee International Students €4800 p.a
Part time €350 per module
Awarding body Edexcel                                                                            
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Edexcel, a Pearson company, is the UK's largest awarding body, offering academic and vocational qualifications to more than 25,000 schools and colleges in over 100 countries worldwide.  The BTEC suite of qualifications are available from entry level to level 7, they are highly regarded and recognised by employers and higher education institutes all over the world.

Edexcel BTEC Higher Certificates and Diplomas are designed to provide a specialist vocational programme that offer a strong sector- related emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding.

The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in their related sector and allow for direct progression to employment or progression to higher education.

BTEC Higher National Certificate (1 Year)

The HNC is a level 4 qualification delivered over 1 year. The HNC is an embedded component of the HND, however, it can be taken as a stand- alone qualification. If a student opts to take the HNC they would be eligible to gain a National Certificate after successful completion of a minimum of 8 units.

BTEC Higher National Diploma (2 Years)

The HND is a level 5 qualification delivered over 2 years, the first year at level 4 and the second year at level 5. If a student opts to take the HND they would be eligible to gain a Higher National Diploma after successful completion of a minimum of 16 units.


Once you have successfully completed the HND you can continue on to study the third year of a degree or honours degree at a number of UK and International Universities.

Career Opportunities

The BTEC Higher National Qualifications have been developed with career progression in mind.  They allow for progression into or within employment in the business sector, either directly on achievement of the award or following further study to a degree.

This qualification is suitable for students who have already decided that they wish to enter this area of work or for others who wish to use this qualification as a stepping stone in order to enter the specialist area of accountancy.

Course Structure

The units for this programme focus on how business theory applies in the modern and contemporary workplace. The programme of units aims to offer you the best opportunities for progression, both academically and professionally. 

8 Modules Year 1 HND (HNC yr 1 only)

·         Business Environment

·         Managing Financial Resources and Decisions

·         Organisations and Behaviour

·         Marketing Principles

·         Aspects of Contract and Negligence for Business

·         Business Decision Making

·         Business Strategy

·         Research Project

8 Modules Year 2 HND

4 Specialist Modules

·         Human Resource Management

·         Managing Human Resources

·         Human Resource Development

·         Employee Relations


4 Optional Modules

·         Business Event Management

·         Employability Skills

·         Small Business Enterprise

·         Operations Management in Business

Single Module Option

If you do not wish to study a full HNC or HND course you may select one or more modules as a stand–alone option and receive a module accreditation certificate, which will give you a qualification for a subject in your area of interest or to help support your career goals.

Edexcel Awarding Body Registration and Certification Fees

Registration is the process which formalises entry to the awarding body for Learners for a qualification of a programme subject and level. Certification is the process of claiming a certificate in recognition of a Learners achievement of a qualification. The Registration and Certification Fee is not included in the tuition fees.  

Awarding body fees

Qualification Title

Qualification Credit Value

Awarding Body Fee

Single Module



Edexcel BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Business (QCF)


120 credits



Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Business (QCF)


240 credits



Entry Requirements

The College will need to review the profile of qualifications and/or experience held by applicants, considering whether this profile shows an ability to progress to a higher level qualification.

For learners who wish to enter the HNC or HND programme, the entry profile is likely to include the following:

1.     Minimum 18 years of age

2.     BTEC or other related level 3 qualification

3.     A minimum of 1 A level, grade A* to C

4.     A minimum of 2 GCSE subjects, grades  A* to C

5.     Equivalent overseas qualification.

6.     Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience.

7.     English language proficiency to equivalent to at least IELTS 5.0 


Assessment of BTEC Higher Nationals is by assignment, typically one or two assignments per module. These assignments will vary and include a mix of formal reports, presentations and practical tasks, but there will be no formal exams.

All modules will be individually graded as ‘pass’, ‘merit’ or ‘distinction’  To achieve a full qualification you must pass all 8 Modules to achieve the higher certificate and all 16 modules to achieve the higher diploma. 

 *Every month apart from Dec, Jul & Aug


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