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The award
HND

How long you will study
2 Years

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Business at University of Portsmouth

Overview

Do you want to learn the all-round business skills that employers are looking for, while working on your personal development and setting yourself up to get a degree in the future?

This HND Business course kick-starts your business career by providing a valuable introduction to topics including business strategy, finance and marketing.

It'll give you an edge when starting your career and give you a solid foundation for further study.

After the course you can top up to a full degree by joining the final year of one of our selected Business, Finance or Marketing courses at our main campus in Portsmouth.

Location

This course is delivered at:

  • Havant & South Downs College (near Portsmouth)
  • Stanmore College (London)
  • Isle of Wight College (Isle of Wight)

Studying at our partner colleges means you'll experience a nurturing environment, with plenty of support from experienced college tutors. You'll have access to the University's services and campus, which includes study support, the Students' Union, student accommodation and our library's online resources.

You'll have opportunities to visit and experience the University lifestyle to help you decide whether you want to take the final year top up degree route.

Entry requirements

What can you do with a Business HND?

After completing this course, you'll have the knowledge and skills to top up your HND to a Bachelor's degree or begin a career in areas such as:

  • marketing
  • sales
  • publicity
  • administration
  • ecommerce
  • accounting,
  • financial and risk analysis
  • HR

What jobs can you do with a Business HND?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • business development officer
  • recruitment consultant
  • publicity officer
  • graduate food buyer
  • financial analyst
  • risk analyst
  • retail manager

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Study year abroad

Between your second and third year you can study abroad at one of our partner universities. This allows you to experience a different culture, enhance your CV so you stand out in the job market, grow your confidence, and open up personal and professional opportunities.

We have partnerships with Universities in Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. Classes are delivered in English.

You'll get support from the faculty's Global Support Office and UoP Global with identifying and applying to suitable destinations, and ongoing contact and support during your year abroad.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you finish your course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and build your CV.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • workshops
  • seminars
  • group projects
  • one-on-one tutorials

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block - September to December
  • Spring teaching block - January to Easter
  • Assessment period - Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There's no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

Term times

The academic year runs from September to early June with breaks at Christmas and Easter. It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December - teaching block 1
  • January - assessment period 1
  • January to May - teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June - assessment period 2

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • individual and group coursework
  • examinations
  • online tests
  • practical exercises

You'll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Academic skills support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Extra learning support

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used from previous courses, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:

Personal tutor

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

You'll have regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor. They'll also be available by appointment if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

Student engagement officers

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you'll also have support from student engagement officers. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing, and refer you to specialist support services if you need extra help or support.

Study support tutors

You'll have help from a team of faculty study support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques

Course costs

Tuition fees (2021 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students - £6,165 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students - £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship)

This course isn't open to international (non-EU) students.

Tuition fees terms and conditions

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardHNDHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance/tuition-fees-living-costs-and-other-study-costs

Entry requirements

48 points to include a minimum of 1 A level at grade D or above.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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