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About the course

Running at Southampton Solent University for over 20 years, this innovative HND has been designed in collaboration with the business community to reflect the ever-changing nature of the modern business environment. An industry focused curriculum and an understanding of the importance of work placements will help you to learn industry relevant skills and be well prepared to take on a range of roles after graduation.

Our industry links have provided past students with access to some of the UK’s most inspiring business leaders, including guest lectures from the stars of TV’s Dragon’s Den. Students have also worked as consultants on live client briefs, pitching ideas for top brand including Mercedes-Benz and Ahmad Tea.

Selected students are able to pursue additional qualifications during their studies. These include the PRINCE2 project management qualification, as well as industry approved qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Communication Advertising Marketing Foundation (CAM). These qualifications can give jobseekers a real advantage, demonstrating to employers that the candidate is educated to a standard put in place by the industry itself.

Got a great business idea? Southampton Solent’s enterprise centre is dedicated to helping student entrepreneurs achieve success. They have previously provided support in the form of funding, office space, mentoring and guidance.


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Students gain an internationally recognised higher education qualification in just two years. Graduates are able to upgrade their HND into a full honours degree on one of our one year business top-up programmes.

What does this course lead to?

As a graduate, you’ll be prepared to enter a wide range of positions in the UK or abroad. Many of our part-time students study the HND while working, and move to more senior positions within their company after graduating.

Who is this course for?

Suitable for those who may wish to study at HND level before considering a degree, or for those who wish to study alongside their job, Solent’s HND business and management is ideal for students who are looking to gain a broad business knowledge to be able to take the next step in their career.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 2 Years Standard Entry 102N
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island fees: £7,800 per year
International fees: £12,500 per year

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

An Edexcel registration fee will be payable in the first year. As a guide the 2016-17 fee was £205.20

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

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Key entry requirements

  • 80 points from a minimum of two completed A-levels or equivalent qualifications
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English and Mathematics.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.


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Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 3039

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Managing Business Finance
  • People and Organisations
  • Marketing for Business
  • Business Environment
  • Management Information Systems
  • Business and Employment Skills

Year two

Core units
  • Principles of Business Law
  • Business Consultancy Project
  • Business Strategy
  • Management Dimensions in Europe
  • Business Operations


  • Understanding Your Market 
  • Languages

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

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Practical exams

Meet the course team

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Claire Hughes academic profile Claire Hughes Associate Lecturer View profile
Elise Nichols academic profile Elise Nichols Associate Lecturer View profile
Juliet Tomlinson academic profile Juliet Tomlinson Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Business and management at Southampton Solent is well-established, and has been running for over 20 years. The School of Business, Law and Communications has been awarded the Small Business Charter, which recognises the support Solent gives to student entrepreneurs and small local businesses.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Retail
  • Management
  • Hospitality and leisure
  • Sales and marketing.

You can top up your HND to a degree with one of our top-up courses in business. You may also go on to study for qualifications with a professional body. Elements of the HND may be accepted elsewhere for partial professional accreditation exemption under the CATS scheme.


of students go on the work and/or study six months after finishing the course
  • The HND has been really helpful in preparing me for the Business top-up degree. Even though there were challenges, I still managed to pull through with the help of my tutors. I would encourage anyone who wants to advance their higher education to take this pathway.

    Atta Asamoah Junior, graduate

  • The HND gave me good access to gaining a full degree without having to sit a foundation year. This was the best option for me, being a mature student, to achieve the full degree in the shortest time possible.

    Michael Trotte, Student

Industry links

This course has been developed in conjunction with regional and national employers to assist you in gaining the key skills, techniques and personal qualities needed to enhance your business performance. As part of the Southampton Solent Business and Law School, the academic teaching team has strong professional and industry experience, which will inform and direct your learning.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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