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Leadership and Management HTQ

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Leadership and Management HTQ

Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications take a student-centred approach to the curriculum. There is a flexible, unit-based structure that focuses on developing the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills the student will need to succeed in employment and higher education. They represent the latest in professional standards and provide opportunities for students to develop skills and behaviours for work, for example by taking part in a group project or meeting a client brief. A student may achieve exemption from professional or vendor qualifications, or membership of selected professional organisations to help students on their journey to professional recognition or membership.

Aims of the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Leadership and Management:
The Level 4 units lay the foundations of learning by providing a broad introduction to business and different business functions. This develops and strengthens core skills while preparing the student for study at Level 5 or to enter employment with the qualities necessary for job roles that require some personal responsibility. Students will gain a wide range of business knowledge tied to practical skills gained through research, independent study, directed study and workplace scenarios. Students are involved in vocational activities that help them to develop vocational behaviours (the attitudes and approaches required for a competence) and transferable skills. Transferable skills are those such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are highly valued in higher education and the workplace.

By the end of Level 4, students will have sound knowledge of the basic concepts of leadership and management. They will be competent in a range of subject-specific skills as well as general skills and qualities relevant to key areas of business.

Course information

Need to know

Entry Requirements (Bear in mind BTEC does not have set requirements)

  • a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Business
  • a GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject.

This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent) and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as maths and English.

  • other related Level 3 qualifications
  • an Access to Higher Education Diploma from an approved further education institution
  • relevant work experience, or
  • an international equivalent to the above qualifications.

What qualification will I gain?

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Leadership and Management for England (HTQ).

How will I be assessed?

Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals are assessed using a combination of:

  • Centre-developed internal assignments that are set and assessed by Centres, and
  • Pearson-set assignments, which are set by Centres in line with our guidelines and graded by Centres.

Pearson-set units are mandatory and target industry-specific skills. The number and value of these units are dependent on qualification size.

  • For the HNC, Centres will assess one compulsory Pearson-set unit targeted at particular skills. This is a Level 4 core unit carrying 15 credits.

Course content

What will I study?

The units will prepare students to enter employment with the qualities and abilities necessary for roles that require personal responsibility and decision-making, and support students to aspire to future management roles including the following:

  • HR Assistant
  • Recruitment Coordinator
  • HR Advisor
  • Marketing Communications Assistant
  • Accounting Clerk
  • Book-Keeper

The units also prepare students to progress to Level 6 higher education study, including higher apprenticeships and professional body qualifications. Students will be able to develop and apply their own ideas to their studies, to deal with uncertainty and complexity, to explore solutions, demonstrate critical evaluation and use both theory and practice in a wide range of business situations.

Core units mandatory:

  1. The Contemporary Business Environment  – Unit credit 15 – Level 4
  2. Marketing Processes and Planning  – Unit credit 15 – Level 4
  3. Management of Human Resources – Unit credit 15 – Level 4
  4. Leadership and Management – Unit credit 15 – Level 4
  5. Accounting Principles –  Unit credit 15 – Level 4
  6. Managing a Successful Business project –  Unit credit 15 – Level 4
  7. Operational Planning and Management –  Unit credit 15 – Level 4
  8. Digital Practice in Business –  Unit credit 15 – Level 4

Next steps

Career progression:

The units will prepare students to enter employment with the qualities and abilities necessary for roles that require personal responsibility and decision-making, and support students to aspire to future management roles including the following:

  • Operations Manager
  • Regional Manager
  • Divisional Manager
  • Department Manager and Specialist Managers.

The Level 4 Higher National Certificate provides a solid foundation in leadership and management, which students can build on if they decide to continue their studies.

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma allows students to progress to degree-level study, or into employment at lower/middle management roles.

Once students have achieved the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, they can develop their career in the respective sector by:

  • entering employment
  • continuing existing employment
  • linking with the appropriate professional body
  • committing to continuing professional development, or
  • studying at university

Progression to university

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant business-related courses,

for example:

  • BA (Hons) Leadership and Management for Business
  • BA (Hons) Business Studies with Leadership and Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Management
  • BA Business and Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) Global Business Management
  • BSc (Hons) Digital Business Management.

Additional information

Additional costs

Course materials (Student handbook, revision book, student unit book) which incur an additional cost.

Access to laptop trolley available to learners to complete activities/assignments as not all Business classrooms are IT equipped.


Trips and work placements

BETT Technology Show 2025 (London Excel)

  • Corporate wellbeing Show 2025 (March, London Excel)
  • Business Expo Show 2025 (March, London Excel)
  • Communication Technology Expo 2025 (March, London Excel)
  • Event Management Opportunities inhouse with Level 3 learners.
  • Work Placement opportunities with our partners (To be confirmed).
Take the next steps

Apply through UCAS

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Available Courses
Central Bedfordshire College Dunstable Main Campus
Starts: 23/09/2024
Type: HE
Length: 1 year
Fees: £6,000.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.

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