Business - HNC Level 4

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arrowLevel 4
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pinLancaster & Morecambe College
Start date: 04/09/2022

This course is designed to develop students as independent-thinking professionals who can meet the demands of business employers and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualification aims to equip students with the right skills and competencies, designed to meet skills gaps in the current workforce and through employer led curriculum, create today’s talent to meet tomorrow’s needs in a business world.

Entry Requirements

To study this course, students must:

Show enthusiasm for the subject area

  • Have a commitment to study

  • Be able to work independently

  • Have good interpersonal skills

All applications are assessed individually and due consideration is given to factors such as employment history as well as academic qualifications. Generally students would be expected to have a full Level 3 qualification (e.g. a BTEC Level 3 National at Merit or above, or 3 A levels at C or above) as well as a minimum of GCSE grade 4 or above in Maths and English. Applicants must be able to demonstrate their capability to learn and be assessed at the relevant level in English.

Course Activities

Students will gain a wide range of business knowledge tied to practical skills gained through research, independent study, directed study and workplace scenarios. Students are involved in vocational activities that help them to develop vocational behaviours (the attitudes and approaches required for a competence) and transferable skills. Transferable skills are those such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are highly valued in higher education and the workplace.

By the end of Level 4, students will have sound knowledge of the basic concepts of business and will be competent in a range of subject-specific skills as well as general skills and qualities relevant to key areas of business.

8 Units will be covered, which will include:

  • Business and the Business Environment

  • Marketing Process and Planning

  • Human Resource Management

  • Leadership and Management

  • Accounting Principles

  • Managing a Successful Business Project

The additional units will be chosen based on the current needs of local employers and so will be subject to change year on year.

Assessments are internally graded, via a number of assessment tools such as projects, assignments, portfolio presentation and practical performance.

Learners will be required to study in College 2 days a week and we suggest that on average learners should carry out 6-12 hours of home study per week.

To further support the students, a brilliant range of trips, events & guest speakers are arranged to enable the students to gain industry insight, provide inspiration and develop their experiential learning of working in a specific industry. This means students gain honest and detailed insights into various careers and situations that they can utilise to develop their future pathways and have access to opportunities that they would not normally have access to.

During the course, students will also visit a selection of universities, attend key Apprenticeship and careers fairs to enhance their awareness of career progression options available to them, and participate in regional and national business and enterprise competitions.

In addition, learners will have the opportunity of accessing work placement experience with a range of provider links who work with LMC to enhance relevant industry & employability skills.

Industry Links

Students will gain the opportunity of developing their communication skills during group and individual presentations to businesses as part of a variety of units on offer.

HNC Business students are able to work closely with local businesses to ensure they are gaining relevant knowledge about the industry they are preparing to progress into, providing a curriculum that is led by the needs of our employers.

Progression Opportunities

Following the successful completion of the HNC students can progress to further higher education, with the HND Level 5 at LMC or direct entry to a second year at university (subject to individual university entry requirements). They may alternatively choose to enter the world of work or progress to a higher level Apprenticeship.

A successful HNC graduate could be looking towards the following roles within employment

  • Recruitment Coordinator

  • HR Adviser

  • Marketing Executive

  • Marketing Communications Assistant

  • Accounting Clerk

  • Bookkeeper

  • Payables Officer

  • Supply Chain Analyst

  • Procurement Specialist

  • HR Assistant

You can discover all the opportunities available to you by exploring the full list of careers in the industry.


If you would like to apply for this course, please click 'Apply' in the top right, follow the steps, and our Admissions Team will be in touch with you

For more information, advice and guidance please phone Student & Learning Services on 01524 521385 or 0800 306306 or email

Course code: A31181-A1A