Project Description

Bachelor Business and Operations Management

BTEC4-5 HNC/HND + TOP-up – EQF6 – 3.5-year part-time programme – Undergraduate – BA(Hons)

Is it a challenge for you to understand and to investigate the nature, role, and contribution of operations management within a company, the customers, and the suppliers? Are you interested in contributing to the design, development, implementation, control, and future development stages procurement and the supply chain? Then register for the part-time Bachelor Business and Operations Management at Kronenburgh International Business School in The Hague (The Netherlands). You will be trained to become a versatile Operations manager / business consultant.

The growth of global business has led to organisations becoming increasingly reliant on logistics and supply chain management in order to keep up with the demands of a global economy. The strains on supply chains are becoming far more complicated and intense and, therefore, management requires a strong plan and constant measuring for weak links. Procurement and supply chain managers face increasing challenges to create and retain efficient, effective supply chain methods.

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Career-ready education

This part-time Bachelor Business and Operations 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 Bachelor program in three years,
– Each academic year is crowned with a certificate, diploma or degree,
– 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 part-time Kronenburgh Bachelor Business and Operations Management 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)

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
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managing a Successful Business Project
  • Internship

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:

BTEC level 5 units general and specialisation

  • Research project
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Business Strategy
  • Internship
  • Operations and Project Management
  • Global Business Environment
  • Procurement and Supply Management I and II

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

The next step is the Top-up program. This academic year builds on the HNC and HND education program and takes you to the bachelor’s level. This Top-up program is offered in partnership with the University of Essex and Kaplan Open Learning. There is lecturing at Kronenburgh and online including other learning materials. The study counselling is provided by Kronenburgh and the University of Essex. Read more about our part-time Top-up programme. This program will be completed in 1.5 years.

Top-up level 6 units

  • Global Business Environment
  • Business Strategy
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Business Law
  • International Marketing Strategy
  • Business Finance
  • Advance Business Project (an in-depth research)


Every academic year there is also an internship. You then make the business (research) assignments. Read more about internship.

Create your own programme

It is also possible to select the HNC and HND online 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.

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 Bachelor Business and Management is a three-years programme:

  • 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

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 6 (in the Dutch system HBO of WO see Nuffic).


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.


The third academic year, the Top-up year, is offered in partnership with the University of Essex and Kaplan Open Learning. The awarding institution is the University of Essex. The University of Essex is a business-acclaimed British public university located in the county of Essex in Great Britain. The quality of education is very well evaluated by the students.

Methods of assessment

In the first two years 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. In the first two years there is also a presentation part with the assignment.

Also in the Third year, the Top-up year, an assignment-based approach is adopted (no theoretical exams). The business and Management assignments are based on real life work experience and assessed by Kronenburgh and Essex tutors.

A portfolio of assignments is built up every year. 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.

Create your own programme

It is also possible to select the HNC and HND online 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 first-year lectures on Tuesday afternoons and evenings. Second-year lectures on Wednesday afternoons and evenings. The lectures of the third year are on Thursday afternoon and evening.

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:


  • 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,-


  • HND part-time programme college fee € 3.995,- (payment in front) (optional pay in 10 instalments € 409,50)
  • Literature and administration fee € 100,- (payment in front)
  • Literature Studystore € 300,-
  • In total € 4.395,-


  • Top-up online £ 6,168,- / € 7.217,- (prices are subject to exchange rates and changes made by the University of Essex).

Total Bachelor

HNC € 4.495,- + HND € 4.395,- + Top-up € 7.217,- = € 16.107,-

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,-.


  • Per HND unit college fee part time € 550,- (payment in front)
  • Pearson Online unit: Literature and administration fee € 100,- (payment in front)
  • Non Pearson online unit: Literature Studystore (differs per unit) Administration (€ 75,-)
  • In total approximately € 725,-.

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.

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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