HND in Business Operations Management
HND in Business Operations Management (Full-Time and Part-Time)
Advancing your career and increasing your salary is something most of us strive for. With this purpose in mind, many of us throw ourselves into work. While this is beneficial, it leaves little time to gain advantageous qualifications that will propel our careers to the next level.
If you are hoping to climb the next rung in your career ladder or even trying to find your first step, getting qualified is a great boost to get you on your way. However, if you are struggling to find the time to fit in study, consider talking to our team at the College of Contract Management about the BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business.
The BTEC HND is a globally recognised qualification awarded by Pearson Education, the largest and most well-known awarding body in the UK. The course is delivered online in order to save you time and money. We offer seven different disciplines under the HND in Business. This course specialises in Operations Management.
An Operations Manager is responsible for overseeing how a company makes its product or delivers its service. They will plan and maintain strategies to make sure the different departments are working safely, efficiently and profitably to deliver the goods. It is a responsible role with a correspondingly high salary as you gain experience.
The HND in Business will open doors for you academically and professionally. The HND is recognised by many universities as the equivalent of the first two years of a degree and can give you the opportunity to enter the third year thereupon. This means that you can top-up your HND in Business to a full degree within one year. Alternatively, you may use your HND to go straight into industry or boost your already well-established career.
So far we have stressed the role of Operations Manager as the main profession of HND in Business Operations Management holders, which does seem the obvious choice. Notwithstanding, there are plenty of other ways an HND in Business and Operations Management can take you. Roles you may wish to work towards include:
- Operations Research Analyst
- Industrial Production Manager
- Inventory Control Manager
- Finance Analyst
- Director of Purchasing
1. A Flexible Course that Works Around You
Studying online is the perfect solution if any of the following apply to you:
If you are currently working:
We understand that a large majority of people taking vocational qualifications such as this are already working. Getting extra qualifications is about raising your prospects and your salary, not taking time off work to study. Our online courses are designed to fit around your diary. We schedule all our live online courses at weekends but you can watch recordings of them at your convenience, therefore weekend shift work is no barrier.
Studying online while you work allows you to gain experience that will look fantastic on your CV. Employers and universities with be impressed by your tenacity and work-ethic. Studying for your HND in Business online is a practical investment in your future.
If you don’t want to travel:
The traditional way to gain extra qualifications while you work is to travel to regimentally timetabled evening classes. Not only are you paying extra cost in travel but you are giving more of your time too. After a long day at work, more travel can leave you exhausted and unable to perform at your best on the job which seems counterproductive when you are trying to boost your career.
Our live online courses allow you to study from the comfort of your own home. In particular it is an ideal solution if you have other responsibilities or circumstances that mean you’d rather not travel, such as children or health issues.
If you reside overseas:
Studying online is an accessible way for overseas students to gain a real UK qualification. The influx of international students studying in Britain is ever increasing as the value of UK qualifications continues to swell across the world. Many budding students face obstacles in coming to the UK, such as the financial requirements to gain a Visa. Tier 4 Student Visas limit the number of hours a student can work while they are in the country and require proof that they will be able to support themselves financially for the duration of the entire course. Not working is simply not an option for most. The online HND in Business Operations Management offers overseas students a real UK qualification without leaving their home country.
2. Technology Brings the Classroom to You
Online courses are often seen as far removed from a traditional classroom environment. Even those offered by top universities generally consist of long slabs of information and a suggested activity, to read and do alone.
We believe education should be stimulating and involve exploring other people’s thoughts and ideas on a topic as well as your own. Consequently, we use technology to create a classroom environment in your home. The HND Business lectures are live online lectures that allow you to interact with your teacher and fellow students. You can do this either by speaking aloud or typing your question or idea into the group chat onscreen. You will build friendships and can even add friends on your virtual study platform.
3. Real University Lecturers Deliver a High Standard of Teaching
In our quest to bring you an education as close a quality to that of a university, we only hire real university lecturers. All our lecturers are qualified and experienced, both in industry and in teaching. They will teach you using more interactive versions of the same presentations that they teach their university students with. You will use the same practices, theories and educational tools as those studying Operations Management at university.
4. An Economically Favourable Option
While our teaching quality is nearly as high as that of a university, our prices certainly are not. By running our courses online, we don’t need to fork out for the upkeep of a large campus (or campuses) so likewise neither do you. Our low course cost, joined with your ability to work while you study and the fantastic qualification you’ll receive, makes studying online for your HND in Business an economic triumph.
The HND in Business Operations Management is made up of two parts.
Part 1: BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC)
Part 2: BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND)
Modules for HND Business Operations Management
Each module or unit you take is worth credits. Some modules are compulsory and you can earn extra credit by choosing optional modules to supplement your core knowledge. You must earn 120 credits at Level 4 to achieve your HNC and a further 120 at Level 5 to receive your HND.
Each module will be marked as either a Pass, Merit or Distinction, according to the quality of your work. Each credit you earn is given a value according to your grade, the total of which will make up your final grades for HNC and HND.
Level 4 Core Modules (Compulsory)
- Business and Business Environment (15 credits)
- Marketing Essentials (15 credits)
- Human Resource Management (15 credits)
- Management and Operations (15 credits)
- Management and Accounting (15 credits)
- Managing a Successful Business Project (set by Pearson) (15 credits)
Level 4 Optional Modules (Choose up to 4)
- Business Law (15 credits)
- Innovation and Commercialisation (15 credits)
- Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (15 credits)
- Financial Accounting (15 credits)
Level 5 Core Modules
- Research Project (set by Pearson) (30 credits)
- Organisational Behaviour (15 credits)
- Principles of Operations Management (30 credits)
- Supply Chain Management (15 credits)
Level 5 Optional Modules (Choose up to 5)
- Taxation (15 credits)
- Statistics for Management (15 credits)
- Business Strategy (15 credits)
- IT Systems (15 credits)
- Business Systems (15 credits)
- Developing Individuals, Teams and Organisations (15 credits)
- Human Resources – Value and Contribution to Organisational Success (15 credits)
- Consumer Behaviour and Insight (15 credits)
- Customer Value Management (15 credits)
- Sales Management (15 credits)
- International Marketing (15 credits)
- Brand Management (15 credits)
- Planning for Growth (15 credits)
- Tapping into New and International Markets (15 credits)
- Pitching and Negotiation Skills (15 credits)
We design our courses in line with Pearson guidelines and the assignments we set in order to assess your understanding of each unit comply with these as well. For Level 4, you will be given a choice of topics to base your assignments on. Level 5 you will choose your own topics with the approval of your lecturer. Your lecturer will discuss the length of these assignments with you.
For us to consider your application for the HND in Business Operations Management course you must:
- Be at least 18 years old, and
- Be a fluent English speaker. Overseas students for whom English is not their mother-tongue will need to provide evidence that their English is good enough to keep up with the course. This can be any one of the following:
- IELTS 5.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in both Reading and Writing
- CEFR level B2
- PTE 51
- Or approved equivalent.
Pearson are a leading assessment body in the UK and their qualifications are highly respected across the globe. UK Russell Group universities including Oxford and Cambridge regularly accept Pearson qualifications in their admissions process. Pearson is industry focused with emphasis on its course providers (including the College of Contract Management) teaching vocational and transferable skills which students can take directly into employment or further education.
How You’ll Study
To enhance your online learning experience we centralise the HND in Business onto an virtual study platform called Moodle. From your Moodle homepage you will be able to access you lecture recordings, learning resources, messages, friends and more. We will send you an invitation link for your live online lectures but attendance is not mandatory. You can watch recordings of all previous lectures at any time on Moodle.
How Often You’ll Study
There will be 1-2 live online lectures a week available and these are almost always held at weekends. You will need to spend a few hours a week on independent study to supplement your lectures and get the full potential out of the course.
How You’ll Be Taught
Your lecturer will teach you much like they would if you were in a university lecture theatre. You will have class discussions and debates, examine case studies and brainstorm ideas for your assignments.
How You’ll Be Assessed
We will email your assignment within the last few weeks of each module. We will give you a deadline to send it back to us by, whereupon it will marked as a Distinction, Merit, Pass or Fail and sent back to you.
Period of Study
You have the option to study the HND in Business Operations Management full-time or part-time.
Part 1: BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC)
Full-time: Year 1
Part-time: Years 1 and 2
Part 2: BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND)
Full-time: Year 2
Part-time: Years 3 and 4
The fee for this course is £2,990 per year, so £5,980 in total.
We have two payment options to make payment as easy as possible for you.
You can either pay a one-off payment or split the cost over 2 years via a monthly direct debit. This will amount to an intital payment of £295, then a direct debit of £295 per month for 23 consective months. Please note that it does work out cheaper to pay in full.
We accept all major credit and debit cards. We can provide account details for banks transfer and cheques should be made payable to The College of Contract Management.
How to Apply
To apply to study for your BTEC Level 5 HND in Business Operations Management, simply follow this step-by-step guide to the application process.
- Call or email our UK team to ask any questions and discuss your eligibility for the course.
- Telephone: 01420 481 681
- Telephone (International): +44 1420 481 681
- Email: [email protected]
- You will receive an application form via email. Please fill it in thoroughly and return it. We recommend you keep a copy.
- Send photos or copies of your documents, such as a CV, ID or IELTS certificate. These documents must be valid. We do a webcam identity and validity check before we release your diploma.
- Let us know which payment method you will be using. We will generate an invoice and send it to you.
- Once your payment has been received, we will enrol you on course and give you access to your Moodle account so you can prepare and begin.