The BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) 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 

Estoril Campus 

or Online


1 Year


Full Time or Part Time, Higher Education


Full-time: 4200 €. 
Part-time: Pro rata rate depending on intensity of study* 

Higher National Diploma

The Level 5 units give students the opportunity to specialise in a business-related
occupational area and to progress to degree-level study. The units prepare students
to move on to specific areas of business at Level 6 or to enter employment with the
qualities and abilities necessary for roles that require personal responsibility and
Students will be able to develop and apply their own ideas to their studies, to deal
with uncertainty and complexity, to explore solutions, demonstrate critical evaluation
and use both theory and practice in a wide range of business situations.
By the end of Level 5, students will have a sound understanding of the principles in
their area of specialist study and will know how to apply those principles more widely
in the business world. They will be able to perform effectively in their specialist area.

The aims

The aims of the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Business are:

  • to develop :

students the business skills, knowledge and understanding they need to achieve high performance in the international business environment

  • to prepare:

students with enquiring minds, who have the abilities and confidence to work across different business functions and to lead, manage, respond to change, and tackle a range of complex business situations

  • to provide :

the core skills required for a range of careers in business, including management, human resources, marketing, entrepreneurship, accounting and finance

  • to offer :

a balance between employability skills and the knowledge essential for students with entrepreneurial, employment or academic ambitions to develop students’ understanding of the major impact that new digital  technologies have on the business environment.

  • to insight

 into international business operations and the opportunities and challenges presented by a global marketplace

  • to equip 

students with knowledge and understanding of culturally diverse organisations, cross-cultural issues, diversity and values, and to allow flexible study to meet local and specialist needs.