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The BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) Business is equivalent to years one and two of a three year UK honours degree at NQF Level 4 and 5. 

6 reasons to study here

Professional accreditation: The School has Centre of Excellence status with the IOEE, in recognition of our entrepreneurial culture and leading-edge practice and the course is accredited by CIMA, providing exemptions for papers C03-05.
Happy students: No.1 University in London for Teaching, Organisation and Management, Learning Resources and Personal Development (National Students Survey 2016).
Professional links: We work closely with the Centre for International Business Studies and guest speakers are invited to reflect on a range of disciplines.
Academic progression: When you finish you can automatically transfer to our BA (Hons) Business Management or Business Management pathways, provided you have achieved the necessary prerequisites.
Digital skills: Access to the software widely used in industry: Bloomberg, Thomson One Banker, SAGE, Blueprint, FAME, Nvivo and SPSS.
Strong alumni network: Become part of an 80,000-strong LSBU alumni network.

This course covers...

This course is designed to prepare you for a career in business through a combination of theoretical and practical teaching covering the core business skills which are essential to be effective in today's work environment.


Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
2 years
Start Date
Southwark Campus

Case studies


Methods of assessment for course overall: 75% coursework

Year 1

  • Concepts of Management
    You’ll be introduced to personal development planning, which will help you to identify your goals and, ultimately, to achieve your aims. You’ll accomplish this by taking part in a structured coaching process, developing key skills, mathematical techniques and acquiring the knowledge you will need to succeed on an academic economics course or in a professional business environment.
  • The business environment
    It is imperative for every organisation to understand its business environment in order to operate efficiently. The module familiarises you with the various aspects related to the environment faced by businesses. Topic areas include business, economics, accounting and finance.
  • Working in the 21st century
    This module introduces you to working practices in the 21st century enabling you to become effective and adaptive players in the modern global business world. Culture, diversity and the impact on business practice is explored, enabling you to have a sensitivity and positivity about the global economy and the internationalisation opportunities for business. The module also examines ICT and how it can help support as well as transform business organisations and individuals to enable them operate effectively and competitively in a global economy.
  • People and organisations
    You’ll develop an appreciation of the complexities of understanding people and behaviour within organisations. By studying theories of organisational behaviour and people management practices, you’ll begin to understand why people behave in specific ways in the workplace.
  • Principles of marketing
    You’ll be introduced to the theories and practices, giving you a solid base from which to further develop your understanding in the second and final years of your studies. You’ll be introduced to the basic principles of marketing, including the marketing environment, the marketing mix, marketing research and buyer behaviour.
  • Cross cultural business
    This module develops your understanding of business practice in a chosen country or region via the study of the culture, economy, environment and language. In supporting your learning you'll apply basic management analysis tools and simple qualitative research techniques to reach conclusions as to the viability of employability opportunities within the chosen county/region. You'll also study relevant introductory language skills.

Year 2

  • Managing business and innovation
    The process of managing business and innovation is crucial to the success of any business. This module provides you with a practical understanding of setting up and managing small or medium sized enterprises, including the development of a business plan, and the importance of business innovation. This module brings together theory and practice through an integrated speaker programme, which includes entrepreneurs, managers and innovators.  It includes the assessment of feasibility through the analysis and understanding of customer expectations and demands, competition and resources and forms an introduction to the process of developing business ideas. A business simulation drives the module - SimVenture will be used to enhance student learning and understanding around innovation and practical business management.
  • Principles of management and leadership
    This module gives you a practical understanding of the principles of management and how they can be applied to individuals, working groups and organisations. The concept of leadership is also explored and theories around leadership styles are examined.
  • Business ethics today: social and legal foundations This module will investigate the relationship between law and ethics, identifying areas of controversy where ethical issues surface. To achieve this, students will be introduced to fundamental principles of ethics and ethical reasoning so that they can debate ethical and legal issues and dilemmas. Students will analyse the fundamental role of law and government in the business environment, identifying the cultural, economic and political forces that impact on the process and evolution of business legislation. Finally, students will study how corporations are responding to ethical, environmental and legal concerns through the integration of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Business Strategy.
  • Fundamentals of project management
    This module examines the role of project management within the business environment, the project life cycle, and various techniques of project and work planning, control and evaluation to achieve project objectives. The tools currently available to project managers are illustrated in this module through the use of Microsoft® Project software and various other tools that are followed by the PMI and APM BoK (Body of Knowledge).
  • Social media in a business context
    The popularity of social media platforms presents a challenging opportunity for businesses—millions of people use these online services daily. This module provides a comprehensive understanding of social media in its design, implementation and use in a variety of business contexts. It includes the Social Media Canvas as a tool that determines how social media can be made integral to business strategy and thus aid businesses in achieving their objectives.
  • Live business project
    This module develops your ability to work in a team on live business projects. You'll analyse a business problem, identify areas of potential improvement and make relevant recommendations explaining the impact upon the organisation and a cost benefit analysis in relation to the improvements suggested. You'll develop abilities to help secure professional employment, perform effectively in the workplace, and understand your legal and professional obligations as a professional.


This course will prepare you for a career in business through the development of knowledge and skills across several business disciplines such as business information systems, marketing, human resource management, and accounting and finance.

The course will enable you to develop a wide range of employability skills through an emphasis on a vocational approach to teaching, including case studies, videos, role play and group work.

The employment record for this course is excellent, and recent graduates have gone onto jobs with organisations such as Tesco, Debenhams and Barclays Bank.

Academic progression 

Upon graduation you may wish to top up your qualification to a full honours degree.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page



Haider Bilal

School/Division: Business / Business and Enterprise
Job title: Lecturer & Multimedia Developer

Haider has development experience in generating and manipulating graphics, animations, audio, video and text to create integrated multimedia programs. His research is in the area of Software Maintenance and Measurement, specifically Change Impact Analysis (CIA).

Prof. Jon Warwick, PhD

School/Division: Business / Business and Enterprise
Job title: Professor of Educational Development in the Mathematical Sciences

A mathematical modelling expert, Jon has experience of teaching mathematics, modelling, and operational research in the higher education sector. Research interests: systems theory, system dynamics and mathematics learning and teaching. PhD supervisor.


Teaching and learning

You will attend formal lectures during most of your units, but there is also a great deal of emphasis upon you being able to practice what you have learnt, and develop your practical skills. 

Much of your learning will be through case studies, videos, role play, group work and student-led seminars.

Course materials are be available on Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment for all modules. Group work and discussions within seminars, workshops and computer lab work enhance the learning experience.

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures and seminars Self-directed study
Year 1 29% 71%
Year 2 28% 72%

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level DEE or:
  • BTEC National Diploma MPP or:
  • Access to HE qualifications with 9 Merits and 36 Passes or:
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 58 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Visit UCAS for guidance on the 2018 tariff.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
2 years
Start date
Application code
Application method

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.


Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.


It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 3112Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £18500
International £25000

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.


We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

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Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6100

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