BTEC Higher Nationals in Business (RQF)

BTEC Higher Nationals in Business (RQF)

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These qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them. If you choose to study a BTEC Higher National in Business, it will equip you with commercial acumen, understanding and business skills for success in a range of administrative and management roles in business.

Pathways within this qualification

Brochure download buttonThis qualification has been developed in collaboration with industry experts, universities, colleges and students to ensure that it is a programme that meets the needs of both today’s students and the industry’s future. To help our students develop in their chosen specialism, we developed a number of pathways, some of which are listed below:

  • Accounting and Finance; 
  • Business Management; 
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management; 
  • Human Resource Management; 
  • Marketing; 
  • Operations Management.

Please note this is a combination of pathways at both BTEC HNC and HND level. Colleges we work with may choose to deliver a selection of pathways which is why we suggest that you consult with your local college regarding exact options available to you.

    Careers after a BTEC Higher National in Business

    Some typical jobs after completing the HNC* Some typical jobs after completing the HND*
    Business Advisor; Human Resources Officer; Training and Development Officer; Recruitment Consultant; Communications Planner; Accounting Technician. Business Manager; Business Development Manager; Human Resources Manager; Recruitment Consultant; Marketing Executive/Manager; Logistics and Distribution Manager; Supply Chain Manager; Service Delivery Manager; Retail Manager; Financial Advisor; Sales Manager; Small Business Advisor.
    *These are suggestions of the typical job roles related to this qualification at this level. Pearson does not guarantee employment upon completion, and you will have a responsibility to make sure that you meet the employer’s requirements. 

    Industry support and recognition

    For years, employers have valued the skills and knowledge that BTEC Higher National students bring to the world of work. That is why students choose to study our programmes. Specific companies and industry bodies that have made formal statements of support and/or actively hire students who complete BTEC Higher National qualifications.

    • ACCA: Students who successfully complete BTEC Higher Nationals (Accounting & Finance pathway) are eligible for exemptions from some of the ACCA papers. Learn more (PDF)
    • CIMA: Students who successfully complete BTEC Higher Nationals may be eligible for exemptions from some of the CIMA modules. Learn more (PDF)

    Support while you study

    As a BTEC Higher Nationals student you will have access to a specially designed range of digital resources, to ensure that you’ll have the best possible experience during your course. These are available on our free dedicated platform for Higher National students – HN Global.

    You’ll be able to access free online learning to develop your study skills to support your higher education learning, and career development resources to support you with preparing for the real world. With HN Global, you can also participate within a community of other BTEC Higher National students from around the world, via online forums, to discuss anything relevant to your course.

    Find out more about studying the BTEC Higher National in Business from one of our students.

    Progression to university

    We work with universities in the UK and around the world, explaining the content, structure and purpose of BTEC Higher National qualifications, so that the universities recognise your value and accept applications from you as a BTEC Higher National holder onto a degree programme. You can currently top-up your HNs to over 1500 degrees worldwide and we continue our work to grow this number.

    Visit Pearson Degree Course Finder to find all the current articulations.

    Where to study BTEC HNs in Business?

    If you'd like more information, or to find a college that delivers the BTEC Higher Nationals in Business, you can search your area on our handy map or visit any the following sites:

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    Or download our brochure for more information about BTEC Higher Nationals, other subjects and pathways available, and where these qualifications can take you. 


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    We have created a handy guide with more information about BTEC Higher National qualifications so you can find the right one for you.

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