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International Business Bachelor (Hons)

BTEC4-5 HNC/HND + TOP-up – EQF6 three-year programme – Undergraduate – Online

Do you aspire to lead and make change across the international business landscape and boost your international experience and contacts? Do you want to become acquainted with the important management areas? Do you want to be equipped with solid knowledge and transferable skills relevant to secure senior roles within many rewarding fields including international trade, transports and logistics corporations, financial and investment institutions, government agencies and global business consultancies? Then register for the International Business Associate program at Kronenburgh International Business School The Hague.

Business is global. To be successful you need to understand international cultures and markets and adapt your business to their needs. As an International Business student, you develop the essential business skills to lead any business anywhere.

  • In the first year you will become acquainted with the important management areas: Business Environment, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Management Accounting, Management Operations, Human Resources, Financial Accounting or Law. You will run a business project during the internship.
  • In the second academic year you will specialize in International Business. The units you will take: Business Strategy, Organisational Behaviour, Global Business Environment, E-commerce and Strategy, Operations and Project Management, Tapping into New International Markets. You will also run a research project during the internship.
  • In the third academic year you will go deeper into the content or broaden it again. The units you will take: Research Methodology, Marketing Strategy, Global Marketing, Brand Corporate, Marketing Issues, Globalisation Emerging Markets. You will also do a graduation project during the internship.

Career-ready education

This online (International) Business program focuses on the holistic development of the practical, interpersonal, and thinking skills necessary to be successful in work and in higher education.

The program has been developed in collaboration with many employers. Employers are looking for recruits with a thorough grounding in the latest industry requirements and job-ready skills, such as teamwork.

Learners who progress to higher education need experience of research, extended writing, and meeting deadlines. Our online program addresses these needs.

What makes this program so special?

– Fast track Bachelor program in three years,
– Each academic year is crowned with a certificate, diploma or degree,
– Good balance theory and practice,
– Module work under direct supervision,
– Lecturers that also professionally work in practice,
– English spoken: the best preparation to access International University’s and international working enterprise’s,
– Open for students from all countries.

How does it work per unit?

We use Pearson’s digital teaching materials. In the morning, the lecturer discusses the theory, and we practice with smaller assignments (Think).

You will receive an ‘assignment’ for each unit that you will work out in the afternoon (Act). You show that you can apply the theory within a practical case. You also look for extra relevant theory / literature and you ensure a bibliography in your elaboration. You show that you can draw your own conclusions and formulate advice with a critical eye. You submit a concept, and you receive feedback from the lecturer. Then you hand in the final version. There is also always a presentation part with the assignment. You have to finish the unit with a pass (better a merit or distinction).

We conclude each lecture day with an end-of-day test on the theory of the morning that you have already put into practice in the afternoon. In this way we stimulate you to really take in a piece of theory every week. You and the lecturer also receive feedback every day whether the theory has landed properly or whether some repetition or additional explanation is needed.

At the end of the module there will be another final theory test. The whole of the day tests and the final test must be concluded with a pass. In this way we build up the ready knowledge that is needed to function well within the business community and to make a difference.

More information about: Pearson, BTEC level 4 HNC, BTEC5 HND and University TOP-up degree.

The Kronenburgh International Business Bachelor program is a three-years program. The program is built on the International higher education qualification system:

  • first year: BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business
  • second year: BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business
  • third year: University TOP-up program: Bachelor’s degree (Hons)

So, every year is redeemed with a certificate, diploma, or a degree.

First year: Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business

The Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business offers students a broad introduction to the subject area ‘Business’. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios. 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.

BTEC Level 4 units

  • Business and the Business Environment
  • Marketing Processes and Planning
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership and Management
  • Accounting principles
  • Entrepreneurial Ventures
  • Operations management
  • Business Law
  • Managing a Successful Business Project

Optional: IELTS English.

Second year: Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business

Holders of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in their field of study and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. They will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to perform effectively in their chosen field and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making. The program is aiming students to be professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the business sector and adapt to a constantly changing world.  More information:

In addition to the established BTEC5 program, each full-time student follows 2 ‘extended’ units (minors) from other BTEC5 programs (if these programs are provided). It is also possible to follow all ‘extended’ units (see TAB sheet ‘investments’).

BTEC level 5 units

  • Business Strategy
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Global Business Environment
  • E-commerce and Strategy
  • Sales, Pitching and Negotiation Skills
  • International Marketing
  • Internship: Research Project

The extended units

  • Principles of Operations Management
  • Taxation
  • Managing and Running a Small Business
  • Understanding and Leading Change

Optional: IELTS English

Third year: University TOP-up program: Bachelor (Hons)

The next step is the TOP-up program. Kronenburgh offers this program as part-time blended learning. This means you can work online and also participate in lectures and group coaching.

The advantage of the part-time program is that you can work at a company (income) while you complete your final year. Read more about our part-time TOP-up programme.

Top-up level 6 units

  • Academic Conventions for International Business
  • International Trade and Commerce
  • Strategic Management Across Cultures
  • Research Project

It is also possible to study full-time at a university that offers a TOP-up program for example, in England. The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognized by higher education providers as meeting the entry requirements for many undergraduate programs such as Business Studies. Please note that university admission requirements are subject to change. So always check the admission requirements for programs with specific higher education providers. For more information, please visit:

More information on BTEC and Pearson. More information on BTEC level 4 HNC. More information on BTEC5 HND. More information on University TOP-up degree.

This program is open to students from all countries.

Pre-education requirements

  • Dutch system: MBO4-, HAVO-, VWO-diploma,
  • International System:
    • 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 UK Level 3 qualifications,
    • European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong learning (EQF): level 4 EQF,
    • An international equivalent of the above.

Some aspects of business e.g., accounting and finance require maths skills and we strongly recommend all students:

  • Dutch education system: Mathematics and Economics in the curriculum at mavo, havo or vwo. Calculating with positive result closed on 3F.
  • International Education system: An A* to C grade GCSE Maths and/or 9 to 4 in GCSE Maths, prior to starting the course.

Required level of English

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B1 with good marks (we prefer B2),
  • PTE 51,
  • IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5,
  • or equivalent,
  • Students that have studied in English for last two years.

It is also possible to do an English level intake test.

The Kronenburgh Language College in The Hague offers courses to bring you at the right level of English. This can also be done during the first year.

Kronenburgh Capacity and English level test / IBS 21+ test

Do you not meet the admission criteria, but do you think you can still meet the level of the program? Then take the Kronenburgh IBS 21+ test.

The Kronenburgh HNC and HND programs are built on the BTEC Business path. The Ofqual Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Qualification numbers are:

  • Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business: 601/8364/0
  • Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business: 601/8365/2

The awarding institution is Pearson Education Ltd. the UK’s largest awarding body offering vocational and academic qualifications that are globally recognised and benchmarked. Pearson is the world’s leading learning company.

You can take the third academic year, the TOP-up year, at a university abroad or part-time at Kronenburgh International Business School.

A portfolio is built up every year. You make an assignment for each unit and you must meet the additional education requirements. All positively completed assignments add up to the total portfolio that is assessed to determine whether you have earned enough credits to qualify for a certificate / diploma / degree. When you take the TOP-up year at a foreign university, the requirements of that specific university apply for obtaining your bachelor’s degree.

To compare the education systems in the different European Countries, the European Qualification Framework EQF was developed:

  • Higher National Certificate in Business (one year programme) HNC: EQF5
  • Higher National Diploma in Business (one year programme on top of HNC) HND: EQF5
  • Bachelor’s degree in business (one year program on top of HND) Top-up: EQF 6

So, at Kronenburgh every successful year is awarded with a certificate, diploma, or degree.

In the online part-time program you determine your own timetable. 5 weeks per unit can be used as a standard guideline.

The advice is to adhere to the standard order of the units, given the structure of the unit content:

See the  first-year schedule HNC.

See the second-year schedule HND.

See the third-year schedule TOP-up.

However, it is possible to deviate from this.

It is also possible to do only the units of your interest. You will receive a certificate upon every successful completion of a unit.

Kronenburgh is a private college, therefore there is nog governmental school funding.

College fee:

  • HNC / HND per unit € 515,-.
  • 8 units per year, so € 4.120,- per year.
  • in case of study delay, € 30, – will be charged to continue enrolment at Pearson.
  • Top-up online € 6.000,- (prices are subject to change).

College fee includes:

  • registration fee; and
  • Study materials: It is possible that additional material will be charged say € 250,- per year.

Does the government contribute?
For Dutch citizens:

The education costs you incur in 2021 can be deducted for tax purposes via the income statement. Read more on the website of the tax authorities.

A new scheme will be introduced in 2022: Stimulation of the Labor Market Position (STAP). You can then apply for up to € 1.000,- per year through the UWV. An annual total budget of 218 million euros is available for the scheme, divided over 6 application terms. Gone = Gone, so be on time from 2022!

An employer can deduct training costs of employees for tax purposes.

After completing the TOP-up Bachelor program students can progress directly into employment. You can also select a master study like for example:

  • Commerce and International Business
  • Business and Management
  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing Management
  • International Accounting / Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Logistics and Trade Finance
  • Business Administration

Dutch education system: you can select a HBO or University master.

You should be aware that university admission criteria are always subject to change and understand the course entry requirements for subject, year, and grade before applying. So always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific Higher Education providers.

More information?

You can:

• call: +31 70 3998806
• mail:
• visit: Tuesday evening > Walk-in evening
• meet online: send e-address and time and receive a ‘zoom’ invitation

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