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Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business


The Pearson BTEC Higher National in Business is to develop students as independent-thinking professionals who can meet the demands of business employers and adapt to a constantly changing world.

The BTEC Higher National Certificate is an internationally-recognised higher education qualifications at level 4 that is equivalent to the 1st year of a university degree, providing progression to both university and employment.

HN Global is a new online platform created by Pearson for BTEC Higher National students. With HN Global, students can get access to (1) core textbook, (2) career empowerment, (3) study skills modules and (4) forum.

For information, Higher National Certificate (HNC) & Higher National Diploma (HND) are explained here.

Assessment is through practical assignments (one assignment per unit) with no exams - to more accurately reflect the real working environment.

Ofqual RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) qualification number for Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business is 603/6837/8.


The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business provides its learner the realistic and appropriate career-related opportunities worldwide for 21st-century employment markets.

Students who successfully completed Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business qualification can progress onto Year 2 of our Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business or Year 2 in Degree programme at many universities.

For progression opportunities into universities, click here.

Student Feedback

I have completed both my HNC and HND with Severn Business College. It has been a great experience and I would recommend using their services. (R G)

Tutors and guidance were helpful and were very timely with responses to queries I had during my course. (S B)

Good online resources available such as books and tips to get you started. Good detailed feedback on your first submission. (T B)

Tutor has always helped me and has always responded to my questions quickly. They have included books online to read that are needed in the course that have been very helpful. (P M)

Very helpful staff, always willing to help. I would recommend, Seven Business School, for their professionalism and delivery of customer service. (D E)

Entry Requirements

The minimum age to register for this programme is 18. Prospective students should note that the following entrance qualifications are required for those wishing to undertake this programme:

  A level (or equivalent) or

  Level 3 qualification (or equivalent) or

 Mature applicant with GCSE (or equivalent) and work experience and

  IELTS 5.5 or CEFR level B2 (if applicable)

Course Structure

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business (120 credits) consists of:

Course Duration

09-12 Months

Course Intake

Blended Learning: January/April/July/October

Distance Learning: Rolling Intake

Additional Fees

Intention to Study: £100

Awarding Body- Pearson Education: £300

15+5% Off (distance learning)*

Full Payment: £100 + £1740

Instalment Payment: £100 + £204/mo for 9 Months