BTEC (HND) in Business Studies

About the Course:

This course will start in January 2015, with pre-enrolments starting on the 14th December.

Developed to give you a thorough grounding in Business, Oxford Learning College is pleased to offer our Pearson accredited level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC).
With a completion time of just one year, this distance learning course can be studied while you work, allowing you to continue earning and gaining hands on experience.
This course comprises of 8 units, selected to give you an advanced overview of the business environment.

Please contact student services for more information on this course and to be placed on the pre-enrolment list


Unit 1: The Business Environment

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This unit will give students an understanding of how different organisations operate as well as the different relationships between businesses and operating environments, ranging in scale from the local to global. This unit will also discuss the role and influence of stakeholders.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • Understand the organisational purposes of businesses
  • Understand the nature of the national environment in which businesses operate
  • Understand the behaviour of organisations in their market environment
  • Be able to assess the significance of the global factors that shape national business activities



Unit 2: Managing Financial Resources and Decisions


This unit will help learners to develop an understanding of how to identify, locate and utilise sources of finance for a Business. Students will also develop skills that will allow interpretation of financial information to assist decision-making.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • Understand the sources of finance available to a business
  • Understand the implications of finance as a resource within a business
  • Be able to make financial decisions based on financial information
  • Be able to evaluate the financial performance of a business



Unit 3: Organisations and Behaviour


This unit examines both group and individual behaviour, exploring how the behaviour of the workforce is influenced by the structure and culture of the organisation. Covering both large and small organisations, this unit will help students understand how culture can change and be adapted.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • Understand the relationship between organisational structure and culture
  • Understand different approaches to management and leadership
  • Understand ways of using motivational theories in organisations
  • Understand mechanisms for developing effective teamwork in organisations



Unit 4: Marketing Principles


This unit will help provide students with skills and understanding of basic marketing concepts and principles. Beginning with the definitions or marketing, students will move onto learning how to analyse marketing needs at both macro and micro levels before learning how to develop a marketing mix that meets the requirements of the business.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • Understand the concept and process of marketing
  • Be able to use the concepts of segmentation, targeting and positioning
  • Understand the individual elements of the extended marketing mix
  • Be able to use the marketing mix in different contexts



Unit 5 :Aspects of Contract and Negligence for Business


This unit will give students an understanding of aspects of the law of contract and tort. There is a particular focus on the creation and operation of contracts in a business environment. Students will also study the obligations created by a contract, as well as the options in resolving an unfulfilled contract.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • Understand the essential elements of a valid contract in a business context
  • Be able to apply the elements of a contract in business situations
  • Understand principles of liability in negligence in business activities
  • Be able to apply the principles of liability in negligence in business situations




Unit 6: Business Decision Making


This unit helps students to learn about techniques of data gathering and storage. The unit then goes on to discuss analysis and presentation of information to facilitate decision making.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • Be able to use a variety of sources for the collection of data, both primary and secondary
  • Understand a range of techniques to analyse data effectively for business purposes
  • Be able to produce information in appropriate formats for decision making in an organisational context
  • Be able to use software-generated information to make decisions in an organisation.



Unit 7: Business Strategy


This unit will help students to understand how a business can develop and put into action strategic plans. This requires students to understand the probably future outcomes of the business’ industry and to develop plans accordingly.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • Understand the process of strategic planning
  • Be able to formulate a new strategy
  • Understand approaches to strategy evaluation
  • Understand how to implement a chosen strategy



Unit 8 : Research Project


This unit is designed to help develop a student’s skills of critical analysis and research. The project can be of direct relevance to both the course and individual personal development. By the conclusion of this unit, students will understand the theoretical background of conducting research, but will also have practical experience in carrying out a significant research project.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • Understand how to formulate a research specification
  • Be able to implement the research project within agreed procedures and to specification
  • Be able to evaluate the research outcomes
  • Be able to present the research outcomes



About the Provider

Oxford Learning is a registered educational institution and is an independent, self-financing organization. Oxford Learning has developed quality, flexible and open distance learning materials for adults and continues to invest in the development of innovative learning systems, from first levels to degree and professional training programmes.

Oxford Learning works in conjunction with other institutions to bring the student the most comprehensive learning materials in order to support the student in fulfilling their academic aims.oxford college courses

Oxford Learning offers the student a flexible approach to learning which makes education possible for those who may otherwise not be able to complete a programme due to geographical restrictions and work or home-life commitments.


Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments.


BTEC HNC in Business Studies