Pearson BTEC Level 5

Higher National Diploma in Leadership and Management (RQF)

This Higher Technical Qualification (Level 5) is approved against occupational standards, decided by employers, for ‘Leadership and Management’

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must be aged 18 and above. The awarding body has not set any defined entry requirements. The college makes admission decisions based on students’ potential to complete the programme. Applicants will benefit most from this programme if they hold one or more of the following:

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in business or another related Level 3 equivalent qualification
  • 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.
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma from an approved further education institution
  • An international equivalent to the above qualifications
  • Relevant work experience

Mature students may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector. Prospective students will be interviewed to discuss their relevant experience and intention for the course they have applied to.

English Language Requirements:

  • International students must fulfil the UKVI requirements by providing a valid SELT (Secure English Language Test)
  • All students will need to demonstrate that their English Language level is equivalent to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2.

Additionally, applicants need to have a good level of Numeracy and ICT skills.

Course Structure and Information:

The Higher National Diploma in Leadership and Management is a Level 4 and 5 qualification made up of 240 credits. It is studied full-time over a 2-year period. Core competencies developed in the programme will support students in the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and behaviours and prepare for a range of employment opportunities that are aligned with the Occupational Standard (OS) for Operations or Departmental Managers.

 It prepares students to enter employment with the qualities and abilities necessary for roles that require personal responsibility and decision-making and supports students to aspire to future management roles, including the following:

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

Students will be able to develop and apply their own ideas to their studies, deal with uncertainty and complexity, explore solutions, demonstrate critical evaluation and use both theory and practice in a wide range of business situations. By the end of Level 5, students will have a sound understanding of the principles of leadership and management and will know how to apply those principles more widely in the business world.

The Higher Nationals in Leadership and Management programme supports students in developing their academic and employability skills, qualities and strengths, problem-solving skills, independent skills, interpersonal, commercial and business skills that employers are looking for.

The Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Leadership and Management allows students to progress to Level 6 higher education study, including higher apprenticeships and professional body qualifications, or into employment in lower/middle management roles.

The units below will be studied for this programme:

Core Units

Unit Credit

Level

Unit 1 – The Contemporary Business Environment

15

4

Unit 2 – Marketing Processes and Planning

15

4

Unit 3 – Management of Human Resources

15

4

Unit 4 – Leadership and Management

15

4

Unit 5 – Accounting Principles

15

4

Unit 6 – Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set)

15

4

Unit 7 – Operational Planning and Management

15

4

Unit 8 – Digital Business in Practice

15

4

Unit 9 – Organisational Behaviour Management

15

5

Unit 10 – Managing and Leading Change

15

5

Unit 11 – Principles of Operations Management

15

5

Unit 12 – Business Strategy

15

5

Unit 13 – Business Information Technology Systems

15

5

Unit 14 – Developing Individuals, Teams, and Organisations

15

5

Unit 15 – Business Communications and Relationship Management

15

5

Unit 16 – Business Data Analytics and Insights

15

5

*No optional units for this qualification

Teaching, Learning & Assessment:

This course will be delivered on a full-time basis, and days of study will vary for different cohorts, and students will be informed at the initial stage of the application process. The mode of delivery will be traditional face-to-face teaching. However, under unavoidable circumstances, the course may be delivered via blended learning or online delivery.  Group and individual tutorial support will be provided throughout the course. Students will participate in sessions related to developing their academic skills, professional skills and overall development. Sessions for the course are delivered and designed with specific activities to assist students in developing knowledge based on their individual learning styles and goals. Employment engagement is embedded within the teaching and learning structure.

Teaching, learning and assessment will reflect an appropriate balance between broadening and deepening academic knowledge and developing practical employability skills.

Students will undertake a variety of assessments, both formative and summative, throughout the course. A variety of assessment methods may include presentations, debates, discussions, research on case studies and practical tasks. These assessments will enable progression and the identification of any support needs. This course does not contain any formal examinations.

Module assignments are set by the college. However, the college will assess one compulsory Pearson-set unit at Level 4 and one at Level 5 targeted at particular skills. All assignments are mandatory and are targeted for industry-specific skills. Students will receive individual grades of a Pass, Merit or Distinction for each module. In order to gain the full qualification, all 16 modules must be passed. Assessment grades are subject to internal and external verification.

Student Support:

An extensive induction programme will be provided as a first step to the introduction of the various support mechanisms available to students. Support will continue throughout the course, including the allocation of personal tutors for additional advice and guidance to facilitate students’ progression and successful completion of the course. Employability and enrichment activities are embedded within the course to enhance students’ overall personal, social and transferable skills.

Next Steps:

The skills gained as part of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Leadership and Management can provide students with a solid foundation in leadership and management. Alternatively, upon successful completion of the course, students wishing to progress within the college can top up to the level of a Higher National Diploma in Leadership and Management.

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