Study Type
Full Time
Study Level
Level 5
Start Date:
2 years

Course Sheets

Entry requirements

View The Isle of Wight College's standard entry requirements for full-time college courses (depending on the level of the course to be studied).

Qualifications equivalent to Level 3 amounting to 48-56 UCAS to include a minimum of 1 A Level at grade D or an equivalent qualification 

  • GCSE English and Maths grade 4 (C on previous tariff) or above or equivalent competency evidenced 
  • For international students, IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.0 with no component score below 5.5 
  • Application either through UoP on-line form* or via UCAS** 

HND Business at The Isle of Wight College is a University of Portsmouth Higher Education (HE) course 

Who the course is for
The 2 year HND course allows students to study Higher Education on the Island at an equivalent to the first two years of a full degree programme (with an opportunity to top-up on completion). Although full time, the course can accommodate students who may wish to continue in part-time employment. The HND offers the student a business education that is vocationally relevant and stimulating. Students will gain a nationally recognised qualification that will equip them for employment in the dynamic world of business or progression to further studies at degree level and above. It is likely that you would have just completed A Levels or a Level 3 Extended Diploma although applications are also welcome from mature students
What the interview will involve
Interview is not required
What you will learn

Eight modules are taken each year and the following is an example:   

Year One: 

  • Marketing 
  • Business Psychology
  • Organisational Theories 
  • The Business Environment 
  • Business Law – Basic Principles 
  • Applied Marketing 
  • Purchasing and Supply Chain 
  • Human Resource Management 


Year Two:

  • Research Project 
  • Data Management 
  • Small Business Enterprise 
  • Business Law – Further Principles 
  • Working with and Leading People  
  • Business Strategy 
  • Project Management 
  • Business Excellence 

The course content is subject to change to reflect the needs of employers and students. 

How you will learn
Attendance will normally be for 2 to 3 days a week with a requirement for reading and additional studies above the contact hours timetabled. Learning will be through lectures, group discussions and workshop activities in supportive small group environments with experienced teaching staff, alongside self-study. The course will employ a variety of assessment opportunities to include coursework, presentations and exams, with involvement in both individual and group projects. This will give students the opportunity to enhance and practice their skills in informal settings while competencies gained are designed to be fully transferable to the workplace. Assessment will be throughout the course with exams as additional assessment on some units.
Work placement
No industry placement

Higher National Diplomas are valued by employers and can lead to a variety of career opportunities in areas such as management, sales, marketing and finance or, progression to further study to a BA (Hons) through direct entry to a level 6 study opportunity at University of Portsmouth or other Universities (part-time study options may be available) with an appropriate grade profile. 

Further details on the course are available on University of Portsmouth website.

<p>Fees for this year are ¬£6,165 per annum and may incur a small inflationary rise for 2024.  For information regarding assistance with fees and accessing loans; <a href="¬†" target="_blank">please refer to the government student finance site</a>.</p><p> </p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Advice is also available via the University of Portsmouth web resource on fees and finance</a>.</p>
Qualifications you will get
Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business
Additional information


This course is delivered under a franchise arrangement with the University of Portsmouth.  This is a full time Higher Education (HE) course and applications can therefore be made either through the University of Portsmouth on-line form or via UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).   


*On-line form where you will first need to register as an applicant


**UCAS details for the HND Business course at The Isle of Wight College: 


Institution code name: PORT 

Institution code: P80 

Course code: 002N 

Start date: September 2023 

Campus code:


Once complete, your application will be forwarded to University of Portsmouth and subsequently the Isle of Wight College.    

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