BTEC HND Diploma in Business Level 5

Awarding Body

Level 5
Duration: Two Year full-time

Entry Requirements

The Edexcel BTEC Higher National qualifications are accredited on the QCF for learners aged 18 years and over.

The Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND in Business offers a progression route for learners who are studying on an Edexcel BTEC in Business or a programme that includes business.

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.



Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals are designed to provide a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards where appropriate. They 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 sector and their national recognition by employers allows direct progression to employment.

As a nested qualification the Level-4 HNC is an embedded component of the HND. The Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND in Business provides opportunities for learners to apply their knowledge and practical skills in the workplace. Full-time learners have the opportunity to do this through formal work placements or part-time employment experience.

Aim of the Course

The Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals in Business have been developed to focus on:

• Providing education and training for a range of careers in business such as management, administration, personnel, marketing, accounting and law
• Providing a general qualification which allows flexibility of study to meet local or specialist needs
• Providing specialist options which meet the needs of the major functions in business and allow specialisation with career progression and professional recognition in mind
• Providing specialist routes of study which relate to individual professions within the business world in which learners are working or intend to seek employment
• enabling progression to an undergraduate degree or further professional qualification in business or a related area
• Providing opportunities for learners to focus on the development of higher-level skills in a business context
• Providing opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills and techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life
• Supporting individuals employed or entering employment in the business field
• Developing 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


The Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals in Business have been developed with career progression and recognition by professional bodies in mind. They offer a progression route to the professional qualifications offered by various professional bodies in the business sector. It is essential that learners gain the maximum benefit from their programme of study.

A key progression path for Edexcel BTEC HNC and HND learners is to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme in business or one of its specialist areas, depending on the match of the Edexcel BTEC Higher National units to the degree programme in question.

The qualification also prepares learners for employment or for progression within employment in the business sector. Some learners may wish to use this qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment in the sector, where learners may work towards professional membership or study for professional body examinations.