BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate HNC in Business

The Higher National Diploma (HND) is a two years program. The first year is the Higher National Certificate (HNC). Kronenburgh International Business School in The Hague offers the HNC and HND in the broad (international) business line program build on BTEC units.

The BTEC Higher National qualifications in Business are aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in business. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the business sector, BTEC Higher Nationals in Business give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study of work.

Higher National Certificate HNC

The BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business offers students a broad introduction to the business subject area. This program effectively builds underpinning core skills while preparing the student for further learning. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, selfstudy, directed study and workplace scenarios. At Level 4 students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the business sector through six core units. These six units are: ● Business and the Business Environment ● Marketing Essentials ● Human Resource Management ● Management and Operations ● Management Accounting ● Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set unit).

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What students will gain

Graduates successfully completing the Higher National Certificate will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of business. They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately and they will have the qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility. They will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies. They will be adaptable and flexible in their approach to business, show resilience under pressure, and meet challenging targets within a given resource.

How Nuffic values the BTEC programmes

Nuffic is the European organisation that compares the education systems in the different European Countries, see To do this, the European Qualification Framework EQF was developed. The BTEC system is internationally recognised by Nuffic.

Programme BTEC level EQF level Dutch education
Extended Diploma 3 4 MBO4
HNC 4 5 Associate (HBO2 / WO1)
HND 5 5 HBO3 / WO 2
Top-up 6 6 Bachelor HBO4 / WO3

See here for more information about the Nuffic comparison of diploma’s and certifications.

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