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Undergraduate study
Business and Professional Administration

Business and Professional Administration HNC

You explore business management and professional administration. You gain a range of practical, professional and transferable skills enabling you to contribute to your profession or to pursue further study. You develop managerial skills and the knowledge to look at the wider aspects of operational management. You are encouraged to become a critical and reflective business manager.


Course overview

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This is an award of Teesside University delivered in partnership with Stockton Riverside College.

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Course details

Course structure

Core modules

Entrepreneurship in Small Business

You develop an understanding of the entrepreneurship qualities required in today’s competitive business environment. You develop a critical awareness of the complexities in developing, growing and leading ventures. You focus on how entrepreneurs use their knowledge and skills to develop their capabilities to identify opportunities that allow themselves and the business they work for to develop new and commercial prospects for the benefit of the organisation. You are required to research and present a business proposal for a new business venture.

Human Resource Management

You gain the knowledge to understand and apply principles of effective human resource management (HRM) in order to meet organisational objectives. You explore how HRM methods are used to gain a competitive advantage and how developing and building the skills-base and creating a flexible workforce allows firms to meet the changing business environment. You become familiar with the techniques of job design and reward systems, the importance of good employee relations and the law governing employment practices. You also explore the importance of training and development in improving an organisation's skill-base to ensure it is relevant to the fast moving business environment.

Innovation, Management and Commercialism in Business

You examine the importance of understanding innovation and commercialisation and the constant changing business world. Competitive advantage runs through the module and it’s critical that organisations continually innovate both their product offering and processes to ensure they remain competitive in the market. You gain knowledge of the key ways organisations become more innovative while remaining commercially driven. You look at a number of tools and techniques used to develop innovation, giving you cutting-edge knowledge to become more innovative in your practical application in business.

Introduction to Business and the Changing Business Environment

You understand the functions of an organisation and the wider business environments in which organisations operate. You explore an organisation’s relationships with stakeholders, looking at how external environments can influence decision making.

Management Accounts

You gain the skills to evaluate the financial data used to produce company financial statements, and understand the importance of choosing the correct form of finance for a given business. You gain knowledge of management control and co-ordination of financial data, enabling you to understand, evaluate and interpret financial, management and non-financial information in the context of modern business. You explore how using financial data can help with planning decisions and monitoring finance within organisations.

Operational Management

You examine the crucial role of operations to business success, understanding the systems and processes of people, capital, materials, equipment, knowledge, technology, information and time to produce goods and services. You gain an overview of the key areas of operations management, particularly in maintaining and improving the quality of goods and services and making sure that these reflect an organisation’s performance. You develop knowledge and understanding of how managing operations can make a positive and effective contribution to an organisation at the first line of management.

Principles of Marketing

You gain a basic understanding of the current and emerging marketing principles, tools and techniques within the business environment. You explore market success within well-known organisations such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, BP and small local businesses. You consider how to add value for customers and other stakeholders, and learn to assess the impact that marketing activities have on customers’ lives.

Research Project

You are introduced to research within business, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate the skills required for managing and implementing a project. You undertake independent research and investigation for carrying out and executing a business project that meets appropriate business aims and objectives. You undertake literature reviews and research methodology to enhance your analytical skills in researching issues related to business. You engage in decision-making, problem-solving and research activities using a variety of product management tools. You develop the knowledge and skills to allow you to examine business concepts within a work-related context, enabling you to make decisions or offer solutions to present to various stakeholders using appropriate formats.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

This course is delivered using tutor-led classes, workshops, practical sessions, tutorials, and virtual learning environments (VLEs). The tutors on the programme are experts in their field and experienced delivering at this level. Industry guest speakers deliver some of the module content. Where possible, field trips are incorporated into the programme.

How you are assessed

In-course assessments incorporate significant practical implementation. Personal and transferable skills are embedded into subject-related in-course assessments. Communication skills are assessed on completion of written or oral presentations of solutions to problems and strategies.

Where the module is research-informed, written assignments are used to assess the depth and breadth of the academic literature research.

Formative assessment and feedback sessions are scheduled within modules throughout the entirety of the course. This is to allow you to identify areas for improvement and receive required support. During assessments, you are provided with summative future-facing feedback to support your development.

Our Disability Services team provide an inclusive and empowering learning environment and have specialist staff to support disabled students access any additional tailored resources needed. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism, sensory impairment, chronic health condition or any other disability please contact a Disability Services as early as possible.
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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Typically 40-48 points or higher from one or more level 3 qualifications.

Mature students are welcome to apply and relevant work experience is taken into account. Substantial experience of working or volunteering in the business sector related to the course may provide evidence of prior learning. This is credited and taken into account. You are assessed through a diagnostic assessment, which is a short, written exercise around a current affairs case study.

You need maths and English at GCSE 4 or above, or an equivalent qualification.

All applicants must attend an interview. This is to complete a BKSB assessment of English and maths learning and also to provide a mechanism for support to ensure all applicants who apply are suitable for the programme and enrol after making a fully informed decision. For international students, this is conducted by Skype.

Because this course is taught at Stockton Riverside College, we are not accepting applications from international students requiring a Student Visa.

For general information please see our overview of entry requirements

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

Typical roles include retail manager, sales manager, business consultant and general manager.

Work placement

You are encouraged to secure work placement opportunities as part of this programme, although this is not an essential requirement. This could be in the form of your current workplace, where you are given the opportunity to undertake projects or research, which would assist in achieving the course requirements. If you require assistance with work placements, you are supported by the college’s Work Experience Co-ordinator. This give you the opportunity to access a bank of employers and placements, together with individual support to seek and secure a relevant placement.



Entry to 2023/24 academic year

Fee for UK applicants
£4,500 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 1 year
  • UCAS code: N101 HNC/BPA
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 40-48 tariff points

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2023/24 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£4,500 (120 credits)

More details about our fees

  • Length: 2 years
  • Attendance: One afternoon and one evening a week
  • Start date: September
  • Semester dates

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