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About the course

This HND level programme is ideally suited to students who want to specialise in marketing, but would also like to learn more about the business needs and theories that underpin it. Southampton Solent’s thorough business and marketing curriculum, developed in consultation with members of the business community, will help ensure that you learn the broad range of transferable business and marketing skills that modern employers require.

Study at HND level is ideally suited to those who would benefit from a more structured and supportive method of learning. HND qualifications can be developed into a full degree via a one year top-up course.

Developed with input from industry partners and past students, this course focuses on the essential business and marketing skills that modern employers value. Student learning is supported by an experienced team of tutors and Solent’s custom virtual learning environment, where you will have access to lecture notes, exercises, presentations and other learning resources.

Many of our students progress from this HND onto either a full three-year degree (possibly directly into the second year) or a marketing top-up programme (if they have achieved a merit profile in year two).


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Students learn the essential skills required to drive growth, create brand awareness and manage a range of marketing projects.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates may enter a wide range of business and marketing positions in the UK or abroad with the knowledge and skills gained on the course, but many students also top up their studies to a full degree with Solent.

Who is this course for?

Suitable for those who may wish to study at HND level before considering a degree, Solent’s HND business and marketing is ideal for students who are looking to gain a broad knowledge of both marketing and business that is highly relevant in many industries.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 2 Years Standard Entry 52NN
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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
UK, EU and Channel Island part-time fees: £3,900 per year
International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

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

Compulsory costs:
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

  • Full-time: 80 points from minimum two completed A-levels or equivalent qualifications
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English and Mathematics. 
  • Part-time: Although formal qualifications are useful, part-time students are admitted under a different admissions policy and so these are not mandatory. The main qualities you need to demonstrate are commitment and that you will benefit from the course.

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 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT 71 with a minimum of 19 in in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • 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.

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details, contact details are at the top of the page. Print the application form below, complete and return to the admissions office, addresses are given on the form.

Applications for 2018 will open soon. For any enquiries, please email admissions.

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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
  • Marketing Planning
  • Understanding Your Market


  • Finance for Business Managers
  • Managing E-Business
  • Management Dimensions in Europe
  • Curriculum Plus
  • 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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Written exams


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Meet the course team

Harjinder Virdee academic profile Harjinder Virdee Course Leader View profile
Elise Nichols academic profile Elise Nichols 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.

Southampton Solent’s student entrepreneur programme encourages and supports student businesses. Students are supported as they pursue work placements and other hands-on learning opportunities.

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 or marketing. Alternatively, you can go on to study for qualifications with a professional body.


of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course
  • The HND course allowed a more relaxed and well-structured approach to obtaining a degree. I feel the transition from HND to a top-up degree was good and well informed. It was successful and a pleasant experience.

    Scott Biddlecombe, Graduate

Industry links

This course will help you to develop the skills, techniques and personal qualities needed to enhance your job performance. As part of the Solent's School of Business, Law and Communications, the academic teaching team has strong professional and industry experience which informs and directs your learning.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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