Project Description

Associate International Business and Management

One-year part-time programme – Higher National Certificate HNC, BTEC4 – EQF5

Do you aspire to a career in international business? Do you want to build up knowledge and experience in the various management areas? Do you want to have the choice to continue studying or to work after obtaining the HNC certificate? Do you have a drive to make a difference and to help realize the goals of the organization? Then register for the Associate International Business and Management 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.

Online Part-time or full-time

With this part-time Associate you attend lectures once a week and work or do an internship. There is also an online part-time Associate programme. Here you do not attend lectures and work independently via the online teaching materials, see online part-time programme BA International Business. Kronenburgh also offers a full-time Associate programme, see full-time programme Associate International Business.

Career-ready education
This part-time Associate International Business and Management 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 part-time program addresses these needs.

What makes this program so special?
– Fast track part-time Associate program in one year;
– The academic year is crowned with a certificate (Higher National Certificate);
– Average groups of 15 students;
– Positive and ambitious colleague students;
– 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 of the European Union (EU).

The Kronenburgh Associate International Business and Management is a one-year program. The program is built on the International higher education qualification system.

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
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managing a Successful Business Project
  • Internship


During the academic year there is an internship. You then make the business assignment. Read more about internship.

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 mbo, havo or vwo.
  • 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

  • Dutch education system: English in the curriculum at mbo, havo or vwo.
  • International Education system:
    • 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.

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.

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 Associate Business and Management is a one-years programme:

  • Higher National Certificate in Business (one year programme) HNC: EQF5

To compare the level of the education systems in the different European Countries, the European Qualification Framework EQF was developed. At Kronenburgh every successful year is awarded with a certificate, diploma, or degree. The Honours Bachelor degree is at EQF 5 (in the Dutch system part of the HBO of WO see Nuffic).

The Kronenburgh HNC programme is 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

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.

Methods of assessment

We begin each lecture day with a kick-off-test on the theory. 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 unit there will be a final theory test. The whole of the day tests and the final test must be concluded with a pass. So this is a conditional theory test.

You will receive an ‘assignment’ for each unit. 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 based on literature and formulate advice with a critical eye. There is also a presentation part with the assignment.

A portfolio of assignments is built up. 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.

Create your own programme

It is also possible to select the HNC units of your interest. This can result in unit certificates. This is a perfect way to build knowledge and skills on top of previous education and experience.

In the part-time program we offer the lectures on Tuesday afternoons and evenings.

Start: You can start with the program participation every time a new unit starts:

  • Tuesday 28 September 2021
  • Tuesday 9 November 2021
  • Tuesday 14 December 2021
  • Tuesday 1 February 2022
  • Tuesday 15 March 2022
  • Tuesday 18 April 2022
  • Tuesday 7 June 2022

Lecture times: 1.30pm to 8.50pm.

Building: Lange Houtstraat 7 2511CV The Hague

Lecture schedules: Part-time Associate HNC.

Associate / HNC

  • HNC part-time programme college fee € 3.995,- (payment in front) (optional pay in 10 instalments € 409,50)
  • Literature and administration fee € 500,- (payment in front)
  • In total € 4.495,-

Other costs

  • You bring your own laptop. We work with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint (full software versions, so no free or limited versions).
  • It is possible that additional material will be charged.
  • In the event of a study delay, € 100,- will be charged to continue registration with Pearson.

Per unit


  • Per HNC unit college fee part time € 550,- (payment in front)
  • Pearson Online unit: Literature and administration fee € 100,- (payment in front)
  • In total approximately € 650,-.

Does the government contribute 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.

Further Education

After completing the Associate program students can progress directly into employment. You can also continue your study at Kronenburgh International Business School for the second year, the Higher National Diploma and and third year of a bachelor study:

The first year of the three years Bachelor program is the associate program. So after completing the associate, you can finish the Bachelor program in two years.

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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