In a rapidly changing business environment, employers are looking for people who have their finger on the pulse and can easily find solutions to an array of problems. Our industry-led HND Business Studies course provides you with the tools to achieve this, and will give you the knowledge to manage a successful business or organisation.
The HND Business Studies course will develop key transferable skills including strategic thinking, problem solving, managing tasks, and applying design and creativity. Our mix of theory and practice enables you to apply what you learn to real world situations, enhancing your employment prospects.
Studying an HND differs from a foundation degree because it does not include a work-based learning module. This means that you don’t need to undertake a work placement, work experience, or be in employment to study this course. Course content is driven towards improving your employment prospects after graduation.
The HND Business Studies course structure is ‘modular’ in format and comprises the following modules:
First year modules offer breadth in order to build a solid foundation.
The second year is more specialised and there are a limited number of options to suit the preferences of students. You will study 120 credits (minimum of three modules) from the following:
The HND Business Studies course has a balance between theory and practice and is delivered on a full-time basis with around 12 hours of lessons per week although students are expected to engage in individual study outside of the teaching hours. A guideline figure is around three to four hours individual study to each one hour lesson.
The University has an excellent record in terms of student support and there are supporting mechanisms provided by the University of South Wales that augment the student experience.
You will usually have to complete portfolios, presentations and coursework as you progress, and normally sit exams at the end of each academic year.
Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.
Grade C and DE at A Level
BTEC Diploma Merit Merit
Pass IB Diploma or two IB Certficates at Higher level.
Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Your study doesn’t have to end when you successfully achieve your HND qualification as many of our students decide to do a top up to a BA (Hons) Business Studies or International Business degree by completing an additional year of study, or study a specialist degree in accounting, finance, human resource management, or marketing.
If you decide this isn’t the right path for you, you can venture into the world of work. We have a proven record of developing graduates who are ready to succeed and this course will prepare you for a variety of professions. Your HND Business Studies will be valid for five years after completion, meaning you could come back to top-up your HND to one of our Business degrees.
You will develop an array of key transferable skills sought after by employers. These include thinking, problem solving and working with others. As a graduate you will be armed with business skills and knowledge that will enable you to consider a career in this field of study. As a graduate you will have the opportunity to consider job vacancies in a wide range of business/management based positions.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.