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Business Management HNC

Key features of this course:

• A hands-on, practical and applied management course designed for students looking for a vocationally-oriented part-time study programme as a career entry route, or to complement existing employment.
• Taught with a real-world approach and in a highly supportive and welcoming environment by tutors who have real business/management/consultancy experience.
• Opportunity to progress to the HND Business Management course (also available part-time) or, with appropriate work experience, progress to further professional qualifications.
• Lots of opportunity to engage with employers, take up internships, enhance your job prospects and start to build a professional network.
• Development of job-ready management skills.
Entrepreneurial Projects to impress employers or inspire you to set up your own business.
• Ideal preparation for the widest possible range of management careers.
• Option to obtain SAGE 50 accounts certification (subject to exam).

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Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grade C or above including Maths and English, plus a minimum of 1 A Level or equivalent Level 3 qualifications. 

Course fees

Part-time fees are generally charged on a pro rata basis.

For more details, please visit our course fees page

Study options

The Business Management HNC is available for part-time study only

Get in touch

Boyd Hargreaves
01905 542795

John Gardener
Admissions Tutor
01905 85 5357

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content



You will be able to select from a wide range of sectors in which to work, including accounting, banking, insurance, human resources, operations management, marketing, advertising, retail, distribution, sales, and leisure. You are likely to work initially as a trainee manager in a large organisation, or perhaps as a junior manager in a smaller one before moving on to more senior management positions.

Alternatively you may wish to establish your own business or continue with further study, such as an MBA or MSc in Management/International Management.

We recognise that optimising your future employment and earning potential are a key factor in selecting your course. All of our courses:

• offer the option of a paid placement year which significantly increases your chance of getting a job when you graduate, possibly even with your placement company (except Information Technology for Education BSc (Hons)). We also advertise short-term vacancies on our VLE

• target selected Employability Standards in every module. These are designed by Worcester Business School in consultation with employers – so you will always be able to see the employability relevance of what you are studying

• include automatic access to our electronic CV Compiler Tool to create a live and evidence-based CV

• are accredited by, recognised by or mapped to professional qualifications and/or associations as appropriate

• provide access to our broad network of business managers and employers (including our own Business School Advisory Board) who work closely with us to design courses, offer scholarships and prizes, host student visits, support student competitions, provide work-related projects and contribute to teaching activities

• offer employment preparation workshops which include CV preparation, mock interviews/assessment centres and meetings with employers

• are written and taught by business professionals and practitioners who are fully aware of what today’s employers are looking for

• include work-based learning modules where you can learn via a live work-based project

• adopt a real-world, applied approach to learning, teaching and assessment so that what you learn is relevant and useful to your future employer(s)

• offer access to a host of CV-enhancing co-curriculum activities such as our start-up café, international study weeks, case study/business plan competitions, vacation research projects, mentoring activities, etc

• promote ‘earn as you learn’ part-time work opportunities which will significantly boost your employability after graduation

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How to apply


Applications for this course should be made directly to the University of Worcester: Tel: +44 (0) 1905 855111 or email:

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How will I Learn

You will learn how to

Explore the real–life application of learning via tutors with business practitioner experience, via work placement, and via contact with local, national and international businesses – in the past these have included Shell, Barclays Bank, BBC. There will be opportunities to take part in competitions, projects for clients, visits to businesses, international events in Europe, trips to places of relevance to your subject, live and computerised simulations, exhibitions, alongside the usual workshops, case studies, lectures and seminars. You will develop a host of skills, which you can evidence on your CV and talk about at job interviews.

Teaching approach

Worcester is a place where you will be supported to reach your full potential as a self-directed learner ready to make an immediate impact in the world of work. Tutors are friendly, approachable and accessible and virtual resources enable you to work flexibly to suit your own learning preferences and busy lifestyle. You will progressively build your knowledge and expertise across levels of study through modules which are delivered in different ways, perhaps through a traditional lecture/seminar as well as e-lectures, workshops and simulations. In a typical week, you will have up to 12 hours of scheduled contact time, which you will supplement by tutorial meetings to suit you and around 20 hours of guided independent study. Assessment will be via a variety of assessment types and sometimes you will even be able to choose an assessment style to suit you.

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