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The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Business is to develop students as independent-thinking professionals who can meet the demands of business employers and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualification aims to widen access to higher education and improve the career prospects of those who hold this qualification.

The aims of the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business are:

  • to give students the opportunity to specialise in a business-related occupational area and to progress to degree-level study.
  • to prepare students to move on to specific areas of business at Level 6 or to enter employment with the qualities and abilities necessary for roles that require personal responsibility and decision-making.
  • to enable students to develop and apply their own ideas to their studies, to deal with uncertainty and complexity, to explore solutions, demonstrate critical evaluation and use both theory and practice in a wide range of business situations.
  • to equip students to have a sound understanding of the principles in their area of specialist study and will know how to apply those principles more widely in the business world.

Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are recognised higher education qualifications in the UK. They are in line with the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Subject Benchmark Statements. These qualifications are part of the UK Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant business-related courses.

Pearson works with a range of higher education institutions around the world that accept Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals as a qualification for entry to their undergraduate degree courses. Many universities allow advanced entry to the second or third year of the course. Agreements can include transferring learning credits from one course or qualification to the other, articulation and case-by-case admission.

Students should be aware that each university sets its own admission criteria and that those criteria can change. Before applying, students should understand the course entry requirements for the subject and year in which they want to study. For more information on entry requirements, including 2+1 articulations, please visit https://www.highernationals.com/degree-finder.


18 months (Full-Time)
15 contact hours/week

24 months (Part-Time)
Combination of 6 and 9 contact hours/week

*Programme duration includes term-breaks and holidays

Mandatory Units

  1. Business and the Business Environment (15 credits – Level 4)
  2. Marketing Processes and Planning (15 credits – Level 4)
  3. Human Resource Management (15 credits – Level 4)
  4. Leadership and Management (15 credits – Level 4)
  5. Accounting Principles (15 credits – Level 4)
  6. Managing a Successful Business Project (15 credits – Level 4)
  7. Research Project (30 credits – Level 5)
  8. Organisational Behaviour (15 credits – Level 5)

Pre-selected Optional Units

  1. Entrepreneurial Ventures (15 credits – Level 4)
  2. Recording Financial Transactions (15 credits – Level 4)
  3. Business Strategy (15 credits – Level 5)
  4. Business Information Technology Systems (15 credits – Level 5)
  5. Strategic Human Resource Management
  6. Planning for Growth (15 credits – Level 5)
  7. Understanding and Leading Change (15 credits – Level 5)

Other Optional Units, currently not offered:

  1. Global Business Environment (15 credits – Level 5)
  2. Principles of Operations Management (15 credits – Level 5)
  3. Human Resources – Value and Contribution to Organisational Success (15 credits – Level 5)


  • Asynchronous eLearning (50%)
  • Face-to-Face (50%), which may comprise of lecture, interactive tutorials, paired or group learning, practical lessons (if applicable, other interactive activities in line with current best practices

Internally assessed and subject to external standards verification. Assessments can be in the form of written assignments, projects, case studies, or demonstration of practical/technical skills using appropriate processes.

RECOMMENDED AGE: 17 years old on commencement of the course


  • Completed Year 12 OR PASS (Grades A – D) in one GCE Advanced Level subject^ or PASS (Grade E) in more than one GCE Advanced Level subject OR Pearson BTEC Level 3 qualification in Business OR equivalent qualifications.
  • A PASS (A* – C or equivalent) in GCSE Mathematics and English or equivalent qualifications.


Learners who are non-native English speakers AND who have not carried out their final two years of schooling in English must demonstrate an English proficiency equivalent to a PASS in English Language subject at Year 10/GCE O Level/GCSE or Level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages or PTE Academic 51 or IELTS 5.5 (reading and writing must be at 5.5) or equivalent.

Appropriately experienced candidates who do not fully meet the above requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

^ Note: Two H1 subjects is equivalent to one H2 subject

A total of 240 credits (135 credits of Mandatory Units + 105 credits of Optional Units), of which 120 credits are at Level 5 (7 units) and 120 credits are at Level 4 (8 units) must be completed.

To graduate, a student must have:

  • Completed units equivalent to 120 credits at level 5;
  • Achieved at least a Pass in 105 credits at level 5;
  • Completed units equivalent to 120 credits at level 4;
  • Achieved at least a Pass in 105 credits at level 4.


Level 4


Is to give students background knowledge and understanding of business, of the functions of an organisation and of the wider business environments in which organisations operate.

In this unit, learners will:

  1. Explain the different types, size and scope of organizations
  2. Demonstrate the interrelations of the various functions within an organization and how they link to organizational structure
  3. Use contemporary examples to demonstrate both the positive and negative influence/impact the macro environment has on business operations
  4. Determine the internal strengths and weaknesses of specific businesses and their interrelationship with external macro factors



Is designed to introduce students to the dynamic world of the marketing sector and the wealth of exciting career opportunities available to support their decision making in their career choices.

In this unit, learners will:

  1. Explain the role of marketing and how it interrelates with other business units of an organisation
  2. Compare ways in which organisations use elements of the marketing mix to achieve overall business objective
  3. Produce a marketing plan for an organisation that meets marketing objectives
  4. Develop a media plan to support a marketing campaign for an organisation



Will give students the knowledge and skills associated with Human Resource [HR] occupational roles at either a generalist level, example HR Assistant/HR Advisor/Business Partner, or more specialist roles in areas such as recruitment, talent acquisition and performance and reward management.

In this unit, learners will:

  1. Explain the impact of the role of HRM in creating sustainable organisational performance and contributing to business success
  2. Assess the contribution of HRM in recruiting and retaining talent and skills to achieve business objectives
  3. Examine how external and internal factors can affect HRM decision making in relation to organisational development
  4. Apply HRM practices in a work-related context for improving sustainable organisational performance



Is to help student’s o understand the difference between the function of a manager and the role of a leader. Students will consider the characteristics, behaviour and traits that support effective management and leadership.

In this unit, learners will:

  1. Examine leadership and management theories and principles, and their impact on the effectiveness of an organization.
  2. Review the influence of different leadership and management styles on the culture of organizations
  3. Develop a motivational strategy to optimize organizational performance
  4. Apply leadership and management approaches to managing performance to ensure continuous improvement



To introduce fundamental accounting principles that underpins financial operations and support good and sustainable decision-making in any organisation.

In this unit, learners will:

  1. Examine the context and purpose of accounting
  2. Prepare basic financial statements for unincorporated and small business organizations in accordance with accounting principles, conventions and standards
  3. Interpret financial statements
  4. Prepare budgets for planning, control and decision making using spread sheets



Is to offer students an opportunity to demonstrate the skills required for managing and implementing a small-scale business project.

In this unit, learners will:

  1. Explain the key stages of the project lifecycle that should be considered when project managing
  2. Produce a Project Management Plan [PMP] for a business project using primary and secondary research methods
  3. Implement the Project Management Plan [PMP] to communicate results from the research and make conclusions from the evidence of findings
  4. Reflect on value gained from implementing the project and the project management process.


Level 5

UNIT 19 – RESEARCH PROJECT [30 credits]

Is to offer students an opportunity to engage in sustained research in a specific field of study.

In this unit, learners will:

  1. Examine appropriate research methodologies and methods to identify those appropriate to the research process
  2. Develop a research proposal, including a supporting literature review
  3. Analyse data using appropriate techniques to communicate research findings
  4. Reflect on the application of research methodologies and process.



Is to develop knowledge and understanding of how organisational behaviour concepts, theories and techniques can be applied in work and management settings in order to enhance individual, team and organisational performance.

In this unit, learners will:

  1. Reflect on own personality and perceptions to understand how individual difference informs and influences management approaches
  2. Apply content and process theories of motivation to create and maintain an effective workforce
  3. Participate in a group team activity for a given business situation to demonstrate effective team skills

OPTIONAL UNITS [Total Required: 30 credits at Level 4 + 75 credits at Level 5]

Level 4


To illustrate the concept of entrepreneurship and how having an entrepreneurial mindset can make a contribution to all businesses, be that a new business start-up or existing public and corporate organisations. Explore the skills, traits and characteristics of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. Understand the importance of difference size businesses on the economy and the contribution they can make to society. Also, the need for intrapreneurs and the impact of disruptive entrepreneurship.

In this unit, learners will:

  1. Examine what it takes to be an entrepreneur and the scope of entrepreneurial ventures
  2. Explore the concept of the entrepreneurial mindset and its contribution to entrepreneurial ventures
  3. Assess the impact of SMEs [small and medium enterprises] on th economy
  4. Explain the importance of intraprenuership in both public and corporate organisations



To introduce the essential principles of recording and organising business and financial transactions to which every organisation will need to adhere. Identify sources of accounting information and how it is then gathered and organised, using the dual entry bookkeeping system, in order to produce a trial balance.

In this unit, learners will:

  1. Record business transactions using double entry bookkeeping, books of prime entry, journals and ledger accounts
  2. Prepare a trial balance for a given organisation from data provided
  3. Perform bank reconciliations to ensure organisation and bank records are correct


Level 5

UNIT 43 – BUSINESS STRATEGY [15 credits]

To develop student’s awareness of the different types of strategic approaches that could be used in an operational, tactical or strategic role for an organisation.

In this unit, learners will:

  1. Analyse the impact and influence that the macro environment has on an organisation and its business strategies
  2. Assess an organisation’s internal environment and capabilities
  3. Apply the outcomes of an analysis, using an appropriate strategic management tool, in a given market sector
  4. Develop a strategic management plan in an organisation, informed by models, theories and concepts, to achieve competitive advantage in a given market sector



To enhance student’s understanding of contemporary business information technology [IT] systems and how organisations develop and continuously review their IT strategy in order to gain and maintain competitive advantage. Explore the areas of business that benefit from the support systems and how organisations are using IT as a driver for business improvement.

In this unit, learners will:

  1. Analyse the role of different IT systems in support of organisational objectives
  2. Compare flexible and reliable IT systems that respond to organisational requirements in an organisational context
  3. Evaluate IT systems that support value-added change in organisations
  4. Recommend practical IT systems solutions to given organisational scenarios



Gives students the opportunity to make links between the role and function of HR and emerging HR developments. This will make aware that HR is a key contributor to organisational success.

In this unit, learners will:

  1. Evaluate the importance of organisational design to the delivery of sustainable performance
  2. Analyse the workforce development needs to inform a human capital management strategy that will increase engagement in an organisation
  3. Apply contemporary knowledge and research to support emerging HR developments
  4. Evaluate the relationship between organisational design and high-performing workforce practices that achieve organisational success


UNIT 53 – PLANNING FOR GROWTH [15 credits]

To give students an awareness of how SMEs develop and grow. They will understand the options for SMEs in terms of exiting successful or unsuccessful businesses and will be able to appreciate the importance of making informed choices when choosing routes to growth. They will also understand the potential risks Vs rewards involved with growth.

In this unit, learners will:

  1. Analyse the key factors that SMEs should consider when evaluating growth opportunities
  2. Assess the various methods through which organisations access funding and when to use different types of funding
  3. Develop a business plan to communicate a growth strategy in a business to the relevant stakeholders
  4. Assess the various ways that a small business owner can exit the business and the implications of each option



Only one optional specialist unit from this group can be selected for an intake, i.e. learners cannot have more than one unit from this group as part of their course structure.



Is for students to understand the different types and scope of change that may occur in an organisation. This unit will aim to illustrate the drivers/triggers for change and how they vary and affect organisations in different ways, including the degree of impact and management’s response to change.

In this unit, learners will:

  1. Produce a comparative analysis of the different types and drivers of change in business
  2. Evaluate the impact of change on organisational behaviour
  3. Investigate how forces driving and resisting change influence leadership decision making
  4. Recommend a range of leadership approaches to change initiatives



To explore the wider position that some organisations have in the global environment. Students will gain an appreciation of the complexities of operating in a global environment, enabling the insight in to an organisation’s current or aspirational global presence.

In this unit, learners will:

  1. Analyse the key factors which drive globalisation
  2. Determine the strategic complexities associated with operating in a global environment
  3. Evaluate how operating in a global market influences an organisation’s structure, culture and functions
  4. Develop a global strategy to support decision making for a given organisation



To introduce students to the role of operations in an organisation, how the nature of operations management has evolved and how it contributes to sustained competitive advantage. Students will understand the key concepts of operations management in an organisational and environmental context, and how this links to supply chain management, products and processes, organisational efficiency and effectiveness, and the achievement of tactical and strategic objectives.

In this unit, learners will:

  1. Analyse the effectiveness of operations management in contributing to organisational objectives across a wide range of organisations and sectors
  2. Apply a range of techniques and analysis frameworks used by operations managers to support decision-making and address problems
  3. Apply the concepts of continuous quality improvement in an operational context
  4. Conduct a strategic risk analysis [SRA] on the operations functions of an organisation

All students need to attend at least 75% of classes. Students’ Pass holders are required to maintain an attendance of 90% and above to meet the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority requirement.


3 January 2023

Class Days:

Monday – Friday

Class Time:

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Intake End-Date:

To be confirmed.



4 February 2023

Class Days:

Saturday and Sunday

Class Time:

9:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Intake End-Date:

To be confirmed.

FEES (effective from 1 January 2023)


Course FeeS$6,975.33
Administrative FeeS$200.00
Assessment FeeS$750.00
Course MaterialsS$1,300.00
Fee Protection SchemeS$115.32
Application FeeS$150.00
Goods & Services TaxS$759.25


Course FeeS$9,300.29
Hospitalisation & Surgical InsuranceS$400.00
Administrative FeeS$600.00
Assessment FeeS$750.00
Course MaterialsS$1,300.00
Fee Protection SchemeS$154.38
Application FeeS$600.00
Goods & Services TaxS$1,048.37

Note: Fees are subject to change without prior notice.