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The BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a broad-based practical business qualification which is intended for students who are seeking an alternative to a Foundation Degree or Degree and who wish to combine study and part-time work.

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Lisbon Campus


1 Year


Full Time or Part Time, Higher Education


Full-time: 8.000 €. 
Part-time: Pro rata rate depending on intensity of study* 

*Intensity of study refers to the amount of credits being studied in the academic year.

About the Course

HND Business are work-related qualifications developed essentially to equip students with business skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global business environment. The qualification provide education and training for a range of careers in business, including management, administration, human resources, marketing, entrepreneurship, accounting and finance. The focus is to provide students the insight and understanding into international business operations and the opportunities and challenges presented by a globalised market place.

The course will be taught by Business lecturers who are committed practitioners with a range of experience from business sectors. 
The team will be complemented by guest speakers who are working within the industry.

Programme Structure

Through the BTEC Level 5 HND course of study you will explore, challenge, develop and extend your:

Independent enquiry and analytical skills

Research for professional and academic reports

Confidence in writing university level assignments and academic work preparation

Ability to write business plans and to set up your own business

Develop your presentation skills

English, Maths and IT skills through the vocational assignments

Employability skills e.g. team building, leadership, advocacy, self-management, organisation, presentation, peer support as well as adaptability and problem solving You will study a range of core and optional units.

The programme structures specify: 

The total credit value of the qualification = 240 Credits 

The minimum credit to be achieved at the level of the qualification: 

Level 4 = 120 (90 core mandatory, 30 optional) 
Level 5 = 120 (45 core mandatory 75 optional/specialist)
The specialist units (3 units for Business Management)

Programme Outline

Students will study following units/courses in 4 semesters.


This qualification helps you to progress on to:

Direct progression to a British university to complete the level 6 top-up in a relevant degree course, entering into year 3 (this depends on the provider and your work presented at interview)

Employment e.g. trainee manager role for a retail outlet, department leader in insurance, finance, sales or marketing

Top up your HND to Honours Degree

Students have the option to top up their HND to BBA (Hons) by applying to over 150 universities worldwide OR They can simply join the Top-up year at Beaconhouse International College to get a foreign university Honors degree (Equivalent to 16 years of Qualification)

Start up your own business

HND in Business Management will put you on the right path to establishing and running a successful business. Studying in-depth about the different aspects of the business field it equips you with commercial acumen, understanding and business skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur

Entering Employment

​BTEC Higher National qualifications in Business are designed to reflect the increasing need for high quality professional. These help develop the skills, techniques and personal attributes essential for successful working lives by offering a balance between employability skills and the knowledge essential for students with entrepreneurial, employment or academic aspirations.

Entry Requirements

For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Computing (or a related subject)

 A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject; this profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as Maths and English

Other related Level 3 qualifications

An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution

Related work experience

An international equivalent of the above