Course details

Study options

Part-time: 3 years

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Start dates

January, September


Derby Campus, Buxton & Leek College (Leek Campus)

Course description

Enhance your career and promotion prospects with this highly vocational part-time HND. You can balance your studies with your work commitments while achieving a valuable nationally recognised qualification.

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HND Business and Management is up to date and vocationally relevant – reflecting the complex and challenging nature of the contemporary business environment.

Flexible and convenient

The part-time route to the HND is aimed at professionals in full-time employment who want to progress their careers to higher levels. It is specially designed so that you can complete the qualification over three years while continuing in your job.

The course has proved particularly popular with individuals who have business experience but few relevant formal qualifications, or who have a HNC and want to convert it to a HND. Our approach is highly vocational, and assessment based entirely on coursework.

Skills for success

This HND is all about helping you to take your business acumen and management abilities to the next level. You’ll also improve your skills in decision-making, problem-solving, innovative thinking, analysis and leadership.

While we equip you with a broad foundation of business and management knowledge, you also have the chance to specialise at stage two of the course. Our options in Enterprise, Logistics, Marketing, HRM, Economics and Finance help you focus on your professional interests and link your studies directly to your role at work.

Boost your professional credibility

HND Business and Management has the added advantage of being accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the chartered professional body dedicated to promoting management and leadership excellence.

As part of your studies, you will also take the CMI Level 5 Qualification in Management and Leadership. This will help set you apart if you aspire to higher management positions. It is also the benchmark qualification for full CMI membership, taking you a step towards becoming a Chartered Manager – the highest status that can be achieved in the management profession.

Apply your learning in the workplace

We focus on real-world case studies throughout the course and many of your assignments will be on your own job role. Our Business and Management in Practice modules, for instance, enable you to explore challenges which are directly relevant to your workplace.

You can tackle problems from new perspectives and deliver solutions which have a genuine impact – benefiting your organisation and raising your profile as a forward-thinking manager.

Broaden your networks

We’re networked into a dynamic business community and our strong links with employers span the spectrum from SMEs to major multinational firms. You’ll have the chance to hear from influential business leaders and entrepreneurs via our regular guest lectures and conferences. We have a thriving Network of Entrepreneurs, so innovative thinkers will share their experiences with you.

Other highlights of the calendar include our annual Logistics Week, which brings together some of the giants from the sector to showcase latest developments and technologies.

An expert team to guide you

We’re dedicated to your success.  Our academic team is made up of experts in all aspects of business – from finance to digital marketing – who will support you to fulfil your potential and broaden your business outlook. We pride ourselves on education with the personal touch: you’ll learn in a stimulating and friendly environment.

Where you will study

You will have the option to study this course at our Derby Campus or Leek Campus. Our Derby Campus on Kedleston Road site is on the outskirts of Derby city centre. It contains state-of-the-art teaching facilities, library and is home to our £10.8million Sports Centre.

The majority of the part time HND classes at Derby are held on Thursday’s from 4pm to 8pm.

What you will study

To complete the HND Business and Management you will need to take 12 modules. You’ll study modules such as:

  • Business Economics
  • Understanding People in Organisations
  • Business and Management in Practice 1
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • Finance and Business Performance
  • Business Simulation
  • Quantitative Skills For Business
  • Business and Management Practice 2
  • Applied Operations
  • Rewarding and Managing Performance

You’ll also choose two options from a choice including:

Asset Management; Sustainable Supply Chains; PR and Media Management; Digital and Social Media; People Resourcing and Talent Planning; Employee Development; Enterprise Management; Creativity and Innovation; Managing Financial Resources; Project Strategy; Public and Third Sector Economies; Applied Intermediate Macroeconomics.

Please note that modules and options are subject to change and class size.

How you will learn

There is a strong focus on developing your management skills so that you have the full complement of high-level attributes to take your career forward. As the course progresses, you’ll learn more advanced techniques and will have the choice of optional modules in Enterprise, Logistics, Marketing, HRM, Economics and Finance to match your current job role, personal interests and ambitions.

How you are assessed

All the assessment is based on your coursework: there are no formal exams. You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways: case studies, formal reports, tests, computer-based assessments and group and individual written assignments. You’ll create portfolios and reflective diaries and have the opportunity to develop your presentation skills.

Who you'll meet

Paul Dale, is the HND Programme Leader. His professional interests are in quantitative analysis and the modelling of supply chain systems.

Entry requirements

September 2019 typical entry requirements

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following:

  • 64 UCAS points (up to 16 from AS-levels)
  • Level 3 qualification including Maths and English equivalent at Level 2
Specific requirements at A-level N/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification

IELTS 6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / Audition N/A
Portfolio N/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2019/20 Fees



£1,155 per module




Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

Apply directly to the University

Guidance for EU students post-Brexit


Gaining the HND helps to raise your professional profile and enhances your promotion prospects within your organisation. It could also lead to new career opportunities as you will gain an added advantage in a competitive job market. Our graduates already work in a wide variety of occupations across the Midlands. The HND makes the students more mobile and are often promoted before they finish the programme.

The course gives you an in-depth understanding of the evolving concepts, theories and techniques in business and management – and, most importantly, how they can be applied successfully to the business situations you encounter every day at work.

At the same time, it develops your self-confidence, leadership abilities and the personal skills which will serve you well in any job role, such as being able to organise and prioritise your workload.

You could also choose to continue your studies and ‘top up’ your qualification to a full BA (Hons) Business Management (Top up) degree. Or a more specialist degree in subjects such as, International Business and Finance, Business and Finance, Logistics or a variety of Joint Honours degrees. However these degrees are full-time courses only.

Paul Dale
Programme leader

Paul is the Programme Leader for HND full-time and part-time Business and Management. He lectures in Strategy and Logistics.

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

Included in your fees

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.


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