HND Business Studies

In a rapidly changing business environment, employers are looking for people who have their finger on the pulse and can easily find solutions to an array of problems. Our industry-led HND Business Studies course provides you with the tools to achieve this, and will give you the knowledge to manage a successful business or organisation.

The HND Business Studies course will develop key transferable skills including strategic thinking, problem solving, managing tasks, and applying design and creativity. Our mix of theory and practice enables you to apply what you learn to real world situations, enhancing your employment prospects.

Studying an HND differs from a foundation degree because it does not include a work-based learning module. This means that you don’t need to undertake a work placement, work experience, or be in employment to study this course. Course content is driven towards improving your employment prospects after graduation.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
091N Full-time 2 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
091N Full-time 2 Years September Treforest A

The HND Business Studies course structure is ‘modular’ in format and comprises the following modules:

Year One: HND Business Studies

First year modules offer breadth in order to build a solid foundation.

  • Foundations in Marketing
    This module will provide you with the knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles of marketing. You will develop the ability to evaluate and interpret these within the context of the marketing environment.
  • Academic and Professional Development
    On this module you will adjust to the future demands of employment practicing the skills necessary for the world of work. The module will prepare you for academic study in order to maximize your learning opportunities that lead to higher grades.
  • Economics, Law and Regulations
    You will develop an understanding of business environmental analysis with particular reference to economic, legal, and regulatory factors.
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Startup
    Gain a practical understanding of entrepreneurship, the business start-up process and identify key components of a successful business start-up process.
  • The Management of Financial Information
    Develop an understanding of the financial and cost accounting systems, the principles and techniques employed in the recording and accumulation of financial and cost data, the conceptual basis on which accounting statements are compiled and the importance of financial control in a variety of business contexts.
  • Work and Organisational Behaviour
    Gain an understanding of people, their uniqueness and their potential as an essential ingredient of effective management. This requires an understanding of a range of factors that influence the behaviour and performance of people as members of a work organisation which is both complex and multifaceted. You will be introduced to the ambiguities, paradoxes and dilemmas that exist within organisations.

Year Two: HND Business Studies

The second year is more specialised and there are a limited number of options to suit the preferences of students. You will study 120 credits (minimum of three modules) from the following:

  • Marketing Communications
    This module provides you with a balanced coverage of the theoretical and practical aspects of marketing communications. It demonstrates how marketing communications is a key issue for marketers and non-marketers alike, as all businesses have some form of communication with their customers.
  • Brands and Consumer Lifestyles
    Through studying this module you will gain a detailed understanding of the key theories of consumer behaviour, construction and brand utilisation in a variety of markets both domestic and international.
  • Digital Context
    Develop your understanding of how internet, mobile, Web 2.0 and other digital technologies have evolved, the impact of the digital environment on organisations and the societal impacts of internet technologies, including e-government.
  • Managing an Enterprise
    This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills required in managing a small business enterprise. You will explore some classic management theories attributed to a small business enterprise, in addition to developing essential management skills.
  • Strategic Business Analysis
    You will be introduced to the concept of strategy and its relevance to business planning, including vision, mission, goals and objectives. The importance of competitive positioning and the analysis of both the internal and external environment are developed in order to gain an understanding of how organisations add value. An important element of the analysis is the role of models and their strengths and limitations.
  • Developing Talent for Success
    Gain an understanding of learning and development and its central contribution to talent management. A key component of this module is the contribution of learning and talent development to the successful achievement of both personal and organisational objective. You will study key topics which are relevant for developing your knowledge and understanding of the human resource development function.
  • Strategic HRM
    You will develop an understanding of the principal internal and external environmental contexts of contemporary organisations, including the business context within which human resource management interacts in an unstable environment, with change and uncertainty.
  • Resourcing and Talent Planning
    Develop critical awareness of the significance of people resourcing strategies, policies and practices and their links with business strategy, human resource management strategy and operational activities within changing organisations and work methods. You will also gain an understanding of the psychological underpinnings related to many people orientated resourcing activities.
  • Accounting for Managers
    Develop your knowledge and understanding of how to provide basic management accounting information to support planning and decision-making in an organisation.
  • Business and Financial Analysis
    Gain an understanding of business and financial performance through applying recognised accounting techniques. Also learn about the application of ratio analysis.


The HND Business Studies course has a balance between theory and practice and is delivered on a full-time basis with around 12 hours of lessons per week although students are expected to engage in individual study outside of the teaching hours. A guideline figure is around three to four hours individual study to each one hour lesson.

The University has an excellent record in terms of student support and there are supporting mechanisms provided by the University of South Wales that augment the student experience.


You will usually have to complete portfolios, presentations and coursework as you progress, and normally sit exams at the end of each academic year.

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer


Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade C and DE at A Level

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Diploma Merit Merit

Typical IB Offer

Pass IB Diploma or two IB Certficates at Higher level.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £8000

  • Full-time International:  £12600 

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

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Admissions statement

Your study doesn’t have to end when you successfully achieve your HND qualification as many of our students decide to do a top up to a BA (Hons) Business Studies or International Business degree by completing an additional year of study, or study a specialist degree in accounting, finance, human resource management, or marketing.

If you decide this isn’t the right path for you, you can venture into the world of work. We have a proven record of developing graduates who are ready to succeed and this course will prepare you for a variety of professions. Your HND Business Studies will be valid for five years after completion, meaning you could come back to top-up your HND to one of our Business degrees.

You will develop an array of key transferable skills sought after by employers. These include thinking, problem solving and working with others. As a graduate you will be armed with business skills and knowledge that will enable you to consider a career in this field of study. As a graduate you will have the opportunity to consider job vacancies in a wide range of business/management based positions.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.