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)

UCAS code

21NN

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

HND

Start date

September

Location

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

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2

Code: 4AG500

Finance and Business Performance

This module will assume no prior accounting knowledge. You will learn how to prepare accounts for small businesses and then apply that knowledge to larger organisations.

Numbers by themselves can be misleading and you will progress to examining accounting statements to assess just how well a business is performing. Managers cannot improve the performance of a business unless they make correct interpretations of situations and learn how to diagnose problems.

Business costs will be identified and analysed to aid decision making relating to the control and viability of projects. Sources of finance will be identified and discussed. This basic financial knowledge is essential to anyone wishing to pursue a career in business, whether on a self-employed basis or in a larger corporation.

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core
Coursework

Code: 4EC508

Business Economics

Economics is all around us, present in almost every aspect of our lives. Knowledge of economics will therefore provide you with an essential insight in to how markets work and how firms and consumers make decisions in market economies.

Knowledge of economics is important to businesses as it helps them identify opportunities and potential threats they may face in the environment they operate. Therefore, this module aims to develop your understanding of the core principles of micro and macro-economics.

You will use economic models, theories and ideas to investigate current economic issues. The module will help you develop your understanding of economic information and will enable you to develop your ability and confidence to create your own independent thoughts around current economic issues.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4GN500

New Venture Creation

This module is all about developing yourself as an entrepreneur, funneling your creative energy and understanding the difference between a business idea and business opportunity.

You will be working on key skills required by employers in today’s challenging business environment: communication via team working, presentations and reporting; researching via market research, researching a company and academic research; creative thinking by exploring a range of business ideas; problem-solving by using business models and theories to differentiate between a business idea or business opportunity; and coherent persuasion by producing a convincing business proposal.

You will be learning about entrepreneurs and their characteristics, exploring why we need new businesses in society and the requirements of successful business in the early stages of new venture creation. The module is progressive to enable your thought process of opportunity recognition to develop and build on topics such as the marketing mix, simple finance, innovation and growth with a focus on the entrepreneurial view. This allows you to develop an enterprising view on the business world – skills which employers require in meeting today’s challenges.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4HR503

Understanding People in Organisations

This module introduces organisational behaviour (OB) theory and research to help you gain an understanding of the range of individual, group and organisational factors which can influence the way that employees behave in the workplace.

You will practice applying the theory to case study organisations to explore how it can be used as an analytical tool to gain a clearer understanding of the complex causes of workplace behaviour in order to develop effective management interventions.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4IM511

Business Skills

This module will provide you with a range of skills necessary to prepare you for study on an undergraduate business programme and to enhance your employability on completion of the programme. It will prepare you to develop, log and implement your own personal and professional development plan.

The module will be run as a series of workshops and computer lab sessions where you will have the opportunity to engage in such activities assessing and developing your academic writing skills, time management, using Microsoft Office packages effectively and understanding and developing your own learning style. In addition, academic writing skills and group presentation skills will be developed so that you will be able to make effective use of a range of information sources and present them.

One of the key outputs from the module will be a personal portfolio which will include all the Professional Development skills and evidence have been compiled during the module.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4MK514

Marketing Fundamentals

This introduction to the “fundamentals of marketing” module will provide you with a basic understanding of the current and emerging marketing principles and techniques within the business environment.

It seeks to establish that sustainable market success within a highly competitive environment can only be achieved by developing products or services based upon an understanding of the external environment and customers’ needs and wants.

During the module you will not only consider how to add value for customers and other stakeholders but also learn to assess the impact that marketing activities have on consumers’ lives.

Your assessment is coursework-based, designed to enable you to demonstrate your ability to approach a business challenge as a marketer and business manager. The assessment methods used on this module will also help you to develop key skills desired by employers, for example digital and visual communication and presentation skills, and business report writing.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5EC511

Quantitative Skills for Business

This module develops key skills for your future employment in business - the ability to use spread sheets for quantitative analysis, and the skills to interpret and communicate the results of data analysis. These are key skills required by the Chartered Management Institute.

The skill base developed gives you the confidence and experience to prepare an analysis of real data to inform a business decision or underpin a business strategy. These skills also prepare you for evidenced based analysis required in other modules within your programme including finance, marketing and strategy. This module contributes to the CMI accreditation for BA (Hons) Business Management students.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5HR510

Rewarding and Managing Performance

Managing the performance of staff is essential to the smooth running of organisations. With the devolution of responsibility for day to day HRM activities to free HR professionals up for more strategic roles and responsibilities, line managers and supervisors find themselves with an increasingly practical role in the management of individual and team performance. This role is vital to keep the organisation on track towards achieving its strategic aims and objectives. In this module, students will explore the line manager’s role in performance management, reward and reviews.

By the end of the module, students will be able to analyse the causes of poor performance within organisations and the principles and practices of effective performance management. They will explore the barriers to effective performance management and how to implement performance management strategies successfully within organisations.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5LO507

Applied Operations Management

The modern business environment is highly volatile and intensely competitive, and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. The role of the operations function - how the organisation actually sources, produces and delivers goods and services to demanding customers - becomes a key contributor to superior performance and customer satisfaction.

The module provides a framework, to understand the crucial role of operations to business success. This module will provide an understanding of the systems and processes whereby, people, capital, materials, equipment, knowledge, technology, information and time are combined to produce goods and services.

This module will also provide you with opportunities to experience real workplace operations scenarios where their skills and knowledge can be applied in a practical way with real organisations or in valid case study situations.

It provides an overview of the key areas of operations management, particularly in maintaining and improving the quality of goods and services and making sure that this is also reflected in the organisations performance. The modern organisation cannot stand still, performance needs to be constantly evaluated and improved, against the standards expected in a changing marketplace.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5MK519

Ethical Management and Globalisation

This module aims to provide you with knowledge of exploring the concepts of ethics, globalisation, sustainability and economic value for organisations and corporations.

The module will also encourage you to consider the importance of these issues from a global perspective including multiple stakeholder perspectives. You will also reflect on the relevance of responsible leadership as a basis for sustainable competitive advantage on a global basis. The module aims to equip you with the knowledge and understanding of the complex ethical issues that are encountered by organisations on a frequent basis.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5AG517

Project Strategy

This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of the relevant concepts and models as well as appropriate project planning software. It will enable you to develop an effective project plan, monitor the progress of the project, while simultaneously identifying and managing the associated project risks.

This module will enable you to further develop the ideas introduced within the Operations Management module such as the principles of system changeover methods to ensure the project, and the associated information, is effectively implemented and managed. The module will equip you to discuss and apply project management methodologies and key project management tools, as well as developing knowledge of the project lifecycle and comprehension of how to keep project stakeholders informed and ‘on-board’.

The CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) Global Business Challenge Case Study will be comprehensively used within this module and students will be encouraged to enter this international competition – where students can join together in small groups or teams. A CIMA representative is invited to introduce the group to the global competition.

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20 Credits
optional
Exam
Coursework

Code: 5AG521

Managing Financial Resources

This module will equip you with the skills needed to evaluate the financial data used to produce company financial statements. You will learn the importance of choosing the correct form of finance for a given business.

You will gain an appreciation of the value of corporate governance and the responsibility of good managers to wider stakeholders in the business. Without good management control and coordination of financial resources, businesses frequently fail to meet their potential.

You will study common pitfalls in performance management and how to avoid them. This module will equip you with key skills, such as the ability to understand, analyse and interpret financial, management and non-financial information in the context of modern business. Such skills are vital to any business manager, irrespective of discipline.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5EC507

Public and Third Sector Economics

The aim of this module is to explore the various issues surrounding the very topical issue of public and third-sector economics.

First, while studying public sector economics, you will be examining topics which directly impact your everyday lives (eg taxes you pay and public transport on which you may travel). You will examine the economics of democratic elections and voting and you will study the power and control of bureaucracies.

You will examine the justification for governments’ existence and understand how they may affect economic activity. The module will enhance your understanding of tax systems and fiscal policies and their impact on business and consumer behaviour.

Second, the module will give you an overview of a transition of public sector administration from traditional public administration (passive public sector clients) to new public management (active consumers and public-private partnerships) and to the current new public governance, with its emphasis on citizen participation and third-sector involvement.

In this module you will explore the rise of ‘co-production’ and the dynamics of the third sector, which includes non-profit organisations and charities. You will examine this sector in terms of its economic viability and the value of such organisations in traditional economic theory.

Understanding of both the public and third-sector economies will give you a greater appreciation of the economy as a whole and the varying types of organisations operating in it. The module will greatly contribute to you being a well-informed and engaged citizen, enhance your awareness of economic issues and help your decision-making.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5EC509

Applied Intermediate Macroeconomics

This module aims to enable you to use macroeconomic theory and data to make sense of the economic world around us and develop your own informed opinion on the issues of the day. In this module you will focus your efforts on applying economic theory to real-world data, policies and current events.

The module will take an integrated and applied approach to macroeconomic topics from economic growth, inflation and unemployment, to financial markets, interest rates and investment, and to policy making in an open economy. You will develop competence in using data analysis skills using real macroeconomic data and effective statistics and graphical tools.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5GN501

Enterprise Management

The module aims to bring together elements of business management which are usually taught separately, for example: enterprise and entrepreneurship, human resource management, finance, marketing, innovation and logistics and international business.

The module is designed to help you fully understand the relevance of these elements, giving you transferable skills you can apply in an organisational context. Strong emphasis will be placed upon you to demonstrate skills and reflect upon your progress on how knowledge can be applied in a business environment. The skills you will develop will be transferable from an academic context to business environmental context.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5GN507

Creativity and Innovation

Being creative can be thought of as coming up with new and original ideas, whereas innovation can be defined as the development and application of these new ideas to develop new opportunities, create original products and services and to solve problems. Both of these activities are necessary for the innovation funnel to be successful.

In this hands-on module, you will discover how to generate new and creative ideas, and how to develop innovative products and services out of those ideas. Crucially, this may mean looking to other areas and subjects for inspiration and progress.

To do all this, you will have the opportunity to work with other students on a real business problem, finding out your strengths and abilities, but also areas for development. You will work with an actual employer and their organisation, based in the local area, by applying your ideas, combined with the theories we will study, to promote creative solutions to issues they are facing right now.

You are then going to present your ideas, backed up by academic references, in the form of a video presentation. The context for this innovation may be within the small firm or corporate organisation and your scope may include product, service, process, technology and marketing innovations of any kind. Being innovative, creative and confident of your own ideas is a key employability skill in today’s challenging business environment.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5HR506

People Resourcing and Talent Planning

This module explores approaches to talent planning and resourcing adopted by organisations in response to different labour market conditions and strategic business needs.

You will analyse the range of human resources (HR) tools and techniques used to manage the attraction, retention and departure of employees within the UK legal framework. By the end of the module, you will be able to describe HR planning, recruitment and retention methods and demonstrate skills required to undertake many of these in the workplace.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5HR507

Employee Development

Employee development is regarded as important to individual, organisational and national growth and success. As organisations change and develop to meet the demands placed upon them by customers, competitors and the changing market place employees need to develop new knowledge, skills and attributes to keep pace.

You will explore the learning and development context within which organisations form their development strategies and plans and critically evaluate a range of development methods to make effective choices in the design, delivery and evaluation of employee development programmes.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5LO503

Sustainable Supply Chains

A supply chain is the network of all the individuals, organisations, resources, activities and technology involved in the creation and sale of a product, from the delivery of source materials from the supplier to the manufacturer, through to its eventual delivery to the end user. In fact, with environmental pressure, this has been increased to include the return of packaging in some cases. As supply chains have become increasingly complex and global in recent years, there has been an increasing focus on sustainability.

Globalisation has meant that that few products are manufactured in national markets: they are outsourced and manufactured in developing nations, particularly in South East Asia and then shipped around the world.

In complex supply chains, such as consumer electronics and automobile production, components and sub-assemblies are manufactured globally before being shipped to the factory for final production.

In addition, fresh food such as fruit, vegetables and fish are available year round. Improvements in chilling and refrigeration technology combined with the reducing costs of airfreight make it possible to eat whatever we want whenever we want.

As a result of these activities, logistics and supply chain management have dramatically increased their impact on the natural environment.

This module will focus on the interlinking components of supply chains and examine the role that each has and how the environmental impact of these can be reduced. It will address issues such as existing and planned technology along with how effective management contributes.

You will critically examine sustainability in supply chains across a broad representation of industry as well as the differing and often conflicting perspectives from both academics and business practitioners. There will be a strong emphasis on practical applications.

You will focus on key current themes and perspectives on globalization; performance management and financial control; hierarchies and networks; and knowledge management is included to provide students with a more ‘rounded’ and ‘integrative’ framework.

The module will be up to date with both the latest (critical and evaluative) thinking in supply chain sustainability and the current practices and approaches that facilitate overall organisational development and direction.

Finally, the module encourages you to develop a wider global/national perspective: increase your awareness of the impact that logistics and supply chain management has on the environment and the competitive position of the Organisation and develop your critical/analytical, problem-solving and strategic decision-making skills.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5LO504

Asset Management

There are many types of assets within a business, including physical, financial and human or intangible. However, what is common between them all is the need to maximise value through the asset, both financially and from the stakeholders’ perspective.

As a manager of any business it is important to understand the impact of the physical assets with regard to the bottom line, this module will give you insight into how to measure the financial return on specific physical assets of the business (for example – vehicles) and the financial impact of factors such as depreciation.

In order to maximise asset value, optimisation is fundamental, this module will enable you to investigate and evaluate some of the methods and approaches for efficient asset management, for example – asset maintenance and integration of technology through Enterprise Resource Management systems. To complement the specific subject areas, you also learn new skills to enhance your development with regards to working in a business, including the development of risk assessments.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5MK510

Digital and Social Media

This module will give you the tools, techniques and theory behind how digital marketing works within a business environment.

During this module you will learn about best practice and key elements of managing digital marketing in an ‘always on’ 24/7 environment. You will learn how to audit and evaluate competitors’ digital footprints as well as understand how to gain consumer insights using digital techniques.

Your assessment is coursework-based, designed to provide practical life and employment skills, developing an outline digital marketing plan. This assessment will contribute towards key skills sought by employers, including: evaluation, understanding of digital tools, presentation and business report writing.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5MK513

Public Relations and Media Management

Relationship management and its implementation via public relations activities is an increasingly important aspect of corporate communications. Along with marketing communications it remains an area which stimulates wide differences of opinion as to where it lies in relation to the marketing function of organisations. The module is designed to allow you to recognise which is the most appropriate approach given particular business contexts and the issues affecting it.

Public Relations is about managing a corporate image and reputation. Deciding which public a company needs to engage with and which media to utilise in delivering the corporate ‘message’ are key issues that the module will equip you to make. With that understanding, you will then be in a position to suggest creative ideas for an optimised PR plan that is likely to optimise a company’s corporate reputation and increase its brand equity.

Management of media/press relations plays a central role in the delivery of PR activities and requires sensitive and imaginative management if these channels are to be fully utilised to the organisations benefit. This area will be explored extensively during the module allowing you to fully appreciate the interrelationship between PR and the Media. While doing this, you will develop an understanding that reputation management needs to be an continuous ongoing core activity within a company. You will also see the importance of PR in the management of exceptional (crisis) situations, corporate social responsibility and the needs for all PR activity to fall within acceptable legal and ethical parameters.

The module has been formulated with the requirements of the appropriate PR professional body in mind and skills embedded that resonate with those expected by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Your learning will be enhanced through the use of guest lectures by media professionals.

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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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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.

Who will teach you

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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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
PortfolioN/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

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year*

N/A

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

* 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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Careers

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.

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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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