Course information

Study type Study Tier Start Date Duration Course Contact

Full Time

  • Higher
7 September 20202 yearsPhilip Truckel

Validated by The University of Portsmouth (UoP).

Course manager: Phil Truckel.


  • Qualifications equivalent to Level 3 amounting to 48 UCAS (120 on previous tariff) points from appropriate routes of study
  • GCSE English and Maths grade 4 (C on previous tariff) or above or equivalent competency evidenced
  • For international students, IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.0 with no component score below 5.5
  • Application either through UoP on-line form* or via UCAS**

HND Business at The Isle of Wight College is a University of Portsmouth Higher Education (HE) programme of study.


The 2 year HND course allows students to study Higher Education on the Island at an equivalent to the first two years of a full degree programme (with an opportunity to top-up on completion).  Although full time, the course accommodates students who may wish to continue in part-time employment.

The HND offers the learner a business education that is vocationally relevant and stimulating.  Students will gain a nationally recognised qualification that will equip them for employment in the dynamic world of business or progression to further studies at degree level and above.

It is likely that you would have just completed A Levels or a Level 3 Extended Diploma although applications are also welcome from mature students.


Eight modules are taken each year and the following is an example:

Year One

  • Marketing
  • Business Finance
  • Organisational Theories
  • The Business Environment
  • Business Law – Basic Principles
  • Applied Marketing
  • Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
  • Human Resource Management

Year Two

  • Research Project
  • Data Management
  • Small Business Enterprise
  • Business Law – Further Principles
  • Working with and Leading People
  • Business Strategy
  • Project Management
  • Business Excellence

The course content is subject to change to reflect the needs of employers and students.


Attendance will normally be for 2 to 3 days a week with a requirement for reading and additional studies above the contact hours timetabled.  Learning will be through lectures, group discussions and workshop activities in supportive small group environments with experienced teaching staff, alongside self-study.

The course will employ a variety of assessment opportunities to include coursework, presentations and exams, with involvement in both individual and group projects.  This will give students the opportunity to enhance and practice their skills in informal settings while competencies gained are designed to be fully transferable to the workplace.  Assessment will be throughout the course with exams as additional assessment on some units.


Higher National Diplomas are valued by employers and can lead to a variety of career opportunities in areas such as management, sales, marketing and finance or, progression to further study to a BA (Hons) through direct entry to a level 6 study opportunity at University of Portsmouth or other Universities (part-time study options may be available) with an appropriate grade profile.

Further details are available on The University of Portsmouth website.


This course is validated by the University of Portsmouth.  This is a full time Higher Education (HE) course and applications can be made either through the University of Portsmouth on-line form or via UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).  *Online form.

**UCAS details for the HND Business course at The Isle of Wight College:

  • Institution code name : PORT
  • Institution code : P80
  • Course code : 002N
  • Start date : September 2020
  • Campus code : W

Once complete, your UCAS application will be forwarded to University of Portsmouth and subsequently The Isle of Wight College.

Fees for 2020 are £6,165 (per annum). This annual fee may incur a small inflation linked rise for the subsequent years of study. For information regarding assistance with fees; please refer to the government student finance website.

Advice is also available via The University of Portsmouth Student Finance Centre.

Further details are available on The University of Portsmouth website.


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