Information you may need for your HNC/HND in Business.

This unit gives students the opportunity to make links between the role and

function of HR and emerging HR developments. This will enable students to show

an awareness of HR as a key contributor to organisational success.

 

On successful completion of this unit students will have a greater understanding

and appreciation of the role played by HRM in adding value to activities which

contribute to the success of an organisation. Students will understand typical aims and objectives of the HR function in a contemporary context, enabling them to make an effective contribution to the HR department of an organisation

The aim of this unit is to develop students’ understanding of contemporary

operations theory as a function of a modern organisation. Students explore key

benchmarks and processes which will enable effective critique of an operation

function. Students will also consider the fundamentals of project management

utilising the prescribed, but well established, project life cycle.

 

On successful completion of this unit students will have developed sufficient

knowledge and understanding of operations and project management to make an effective and immediate contribution to the way in which an organisation conducts its business. Students will also be in a strong position to contribute to, as well as lead, small-scale projects.

 

Underpinning all aspects of the content for this unit will be the consideration of the strategic role of operations management and planning and control of resources, and project management theories and the project life cycle.


The aim of this unit is to develop a student’s understanding of the influence culture,

politics and power have on the behaviour of others in an organisational context.

Students will be in a position to apply the principles of organisational behaviour to a

variety of business situations.

On successful completion of this unit students will have an understanding and

awareness of key influences which affect the behaviour of individuals, teams and

organisations as a whole. They will be able to use this knowledge to make an

immediate and positive contribution in the workplace, whether that role is as part

of a team or as a team leader. This will be achieved through a strong appreciation

of working in a team, having a more profound perspective of what makes people

and organisations do what they do, and how to adjust one’s own behaviour to

reflect the circumstances and situation.


This unit is assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. Students will choose their own project based on a theme provided by Pearson (this will change annually). The project must be related to their specialist pathway of study (unless the student is studying the general business pathway). This will enable students to explore and examine a relevant and current topical aspect of business in the context of the business environment and their chosen specialist pathway.

 

The aim of this unit is to offer students the opportunity to engage in sustained

research in a specific field of study. The unit enables students to demonstrate the capacity and ability to identify a research theme, to develop research aims,

objectives and outcomes, and to present the outcomes of such research in both

written and verbal formats. The unit also encourages students to reflect on their

engagement in the research process during which recommendations for future,

personal development are key learning points.

 

On successful completion of this unit students will have the confidence to engage in problem-solving and research activities which are part of the function of a manager.

 

Students will have the fundamental knowledge and skills to enable them to

investigate workplace issues and problems, determine appropriate solutions and

present evidence to various stakeholders in an acceptable and understandable

format.

This unit provides students with an understanding of the definition and scope of

entrepreneurship and an understanding of the enablers and barriers to business

start-up.

Students will learn about the influence of national culture and economy on

entrepreneurship and will explore the personal characteristics of entrepreneurs and

the impact of personal situational factors, including education and background.

Students will also learn about the role and importance of small firms to the

economy, and about social enterprise and the social economy. Students will also be

expected to understand the balance of risk and reward in starting a new venture

and they will investigate and reflect on their own entrepreneurial and enterprising

characteristics. Examples of entrepreneurs and start-up organisations will be

discussed and students will be expected to draw on local, personal and general

knowledge together with their learning to be able to identify the characteristics of

entrepreneurial ventures.


The unit is assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The project brief will be set by

the centre, based on a theme provided by Pearson (this will change annually). The

theme and chosen project within the theme will enable students to explore and

examine a relevant and current topical aspect of business in the context of the

business environment.

The aim of this unit is to offer students an opportunity to demonstrate the skills

required for managing and implementing a project. They will undertake

independent research and investigation for carrying out and executing a business

project which meets appropriate business aims and objectives.

On successful completion of this unit students will have the confidence to engage in

decision-making, problem-solving and research activities using project

management skills. They will have the fundamental knowledge and skills to enable

them to investigate and examine relevant business concepts within a work-related

context, determine appropriate outcomes, decisions or solutions and present

evidence to various stakeholders in an acceptable and understandable format


The overall aim of this unit is to introduce the fundamentals of management

accounting which apply to the wider business environment and the organisations

which operate within that environment. Students will explore how management

accounting uses financial data to aid planning decisions, and the monitoring and

control of finance within organisations.

On successful completion of this unit students will be in a position to present

financial statements in a workplace context and be able to assist senior colleagues

with financial business planning. In addition, students will have the fundamental

knowledge and skills to progress onto a higher level of study.


The aim of this unit is to enable students to appreciate and apply principles of

effective Human Resource Management (HRM). People are the lifeblood of any

organisation and being able to attract, recruit and retain talented staff is at the core

of all HRM activity. This unit will explore the tools and techniques used in HRM to

maximise the employee contribution and how to use HR methods to gain

competitive advantage. Students will explore the importance of training and

development in building and extending the skills base of the organisation and

ensuring it is relevant to the ever-changing business environment. Students will

also consider the growing importance of becoming a flexible organisation with an

equally flexible labour force, and become familiar with techniques of job design and

with different reward systems.

The unit investigates the importance of good employee relations and the ways in

which employers engage with their staff and possibly with trade unions. Students

will gain an understanding of the law governing HRM processes as well as the best

practices which enable an employer to become an ‘employer of choice’ in their

labour market.