Course details

Study options

Full-time: 2 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year* (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

64 (September 2020 entry)

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Course level




Start date



Derby Campus

Course description

Get right down to business on this highly vocational and practical full-time HND. It’s the ideal starting point for people keen to embark on a management career.

Already in work? You can also choose to study the HND part-time for greater convenience and flexibility. 

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Why you should study Business Management at the University of Derby

Fast track your career

Our full-time HND Business and Management is up to date and vocationally relevant – reflecting the complex and challenging nature of the contemporary business environment. The HND gives you the chance to achieve a nationally recognised business and management qualification in two years. It has a strong vocational focus and assessment based entirely on coursework.

You don’t need business experience to enrol on this course. It is aimed at school and college leavers who are just embarking on their career as well as mature students who want to return to study on a full-time basis.

The HND has academic entry requirements which are slightly lower than those for a full honours degree. It also offers specifically tailored tutorials to provide you with all the support you need to progress. Once you have the HND under your belt, you can go straight into employment or gain direct entry to the final year of a BA (Hons) degree if you want.

Skills for success

Our HND is all about helping you to develop the skills that employers need and want. You’ll gain high-level business acumen and management abilities, including knowledge of core disciplines such as marketing, accountancy and finance. You’ll also build your skills in decision-making, problem-solving, innovative thinking, analysis and leadership – all personal attributes which can take you far in today’s business world.

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 chart a potential career direction and focus on your personal interests.

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 gain a CMI Level 5 qualification in Management and Leadership. This will help set you apart if you aspire to 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.

See business in action

We have drawn on our strong links with the regional business community to design our HND Business and Management course. Our focus throughout is on building your commercial awareness. Behind-the-scenes visits to a variety of manufacturing and commercial enterprises – such as our annual factory tour of JCB – are a highlight of the HND. Our students have also visited Bombardier to see the new Crossrail trains under construction.

These fieldtrips are an opportunity for you to see how the business strategies we explore on the course are applied in the workplace. Our tour of the Toyota assembly line, for instance, provided a close-up look at just-in-time manufacturing.

Real-world learning

We use real case studies throughout the course, not only in the classroom but also in work settings where you can complete ‘live’ projects to hone your skills. As part of the New Venture Creation module, for example, our students explored the setting up of a micro-brewery. When looking at operations management, they devised ideas which Derby City Council could adopt for the regeneration of Markeaton Park. You will also be actively encouraged and supported to secure internships and work placements throughout the course.

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. As part of your course, you’ll 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. It could inspire you to take one of the summer courses at our Enterprise Centre if you have a fledgling idea for your own business venture.

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.

What you will study

To complete the HND Business and Management, you’ll study modules such as:

  • Business Economics
  • Understanding People in Organisations
  • Business Skills
  • Marketing Fundamentals
  • New Venture Creation
  • Finance and Business Performance
  • Quantitative Skills for Business
  • Ethics and Globalisation
  • Applied Operations Management
  • Rewarding and Managing Performance

You’ll also choose two options from modules 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 a minimum class size.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Find out more about Business and Management (CMI accredited)

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How you will learn

There is a strong focus on developing your management skills so that, when you graduate, you will have the full complement of high-level attributes that employers are seeking.

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 personal interests and ambitions.

Throughout you’ll benefit from the support of a personal tutor to help keep your learning on track and to advise you on tailoring your studies to suit your career aspirations.

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 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points64 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

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

IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/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

2020/21 Fees


£9,250 per year*



£14,045 per year


* The fees stated above are for the 2019/20 academic year; fees for 2020/21 have not yet been confirmed by the UK government. We will update this information as soon as it is available.

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

Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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The HND provides an entry route to a broad range of business careers and gives you an advantage in a competitive job market.  Our recent HND Business and Management graduates have gone on to secure positions with a wide range of companies and organisations including Barclaycard, Jaguar Land Rover, HSBC and Nottingham City Council.

The HND Business and Management 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 real business situations.

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’ to a full BA (Hons) Business Management (Top up)  or to a more specialist degree in subjects such as, International Business and Finance, Business and Finance, Logistics, or a variety of Joint Honours degrees. You will join the final stage of that degree course, so it will take just one more year of full-time study.

Paul Dale

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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Additional information about your studies

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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, excellent 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

Optional costs not 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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