Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.

Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.

If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.

International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.

For more information, see our guide to fees.

This exciting qualification is suited to students who are interested in furthering their career in a wide range of business and management related areas or progressing with their academic studies to Degree Level e.g. Marketing, HRM or Accounting. The Higher National Certificate in Business is a one-year course. This can be topped up to the Higher National Diploma in Business Management as a second year although this will be subject to conditions being met. There is one annual intake a year in September (2-year programme).

The HNC will include units such as Business and the Business Environment, Marketing Essentials, Human Resources Management, Management and Operations, Management Accounting, Managing a Successful Business Project, Innovation and Commercialisation, Entrepreneurship and small business.

We have strong links with universities for progression opportunities

We support our students through smaller classes and careers advice on progression to either employment or university

We have strong links with employers

We are located within walking distance of London Underground and mainline rail stations

We have excellent facilities including a common room exclusively for Higher Education students and IT facilities.

Entry Requirements

One of the following Level 3 qualifications: BTEC Level 3 Extended/Diploma/Access to HE Diploma/1 A level or 2 AS levels. Work based qualifications will also need learners to be working in the relevant sector. Some courses will have specific entry requirements. Mature students who do not meet the entry criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered on the basis of relevant work experience, passing the course entrance assessment and successful interview. If first language is not English, learners should have a minimum 5.5 IELTS for Higher National Diplomas alongside a UK or equivalent international qualification.

Assessment Method

Assessment is an integral part of the overall learning process and our student centred approach aims to promote initiative and creativity, critical thinking, evaluation, decision making, personal reflection and effective communication skills. Each unit carries a number of assessments including the following: reports, presentations, case studies and in class tests. One unit is set by the awarding body will be externally assessed.

Progression Opportunities

As well as being a valuable qualification in its own right, successful students can normally expect to progress onto the final year of a business related degree course at university. Most universities would request an IELTS score of 6.5.

Learners have successfully completed the HND course have progressed onto the final year of the BA (Hons) International Business Administration Degree, BA (Hons) Business Degree or BA (Hons) Enterprise and Business Entrepreneurship Degree.

Study Methods

You will be based at Hammersmith Campus, learning during the day, full time.

As part of the course curriculum delivery employer visits and guest speakers are arranged to enhance and contextualise learning where appropriate.

All units are delivered using a diverse range of appropriate teaching and learning methods that support independent student learning. These include informal lectures, online teaching materials and research activities. Learners are encouraged to actively engage with learning through discussions, role plays, feedback team presentations and Q and A sessions.


We look forward to welcoming you to Ealing, Hammersmith and West London's College. We are enrolling now. Come along to the College to enrol directly. See our enrolment dates and times.