HN Online is a new way to deliver BTEC Higher National Qualifications, allowing you to deliver courses through a mixture of online and classroom learning. The first one available is our BTEC Higher National Certificate in Business (RQF).

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Why HN Online?

In order to support our colleges with widening access and providing students with a more flexible way of learning, we have developed HN Online, a new and exciting product that allows you to deliver core qualification content both online and within the classroom. 

What do I get?

  • Currently HN Online has been developed to deliver the BTEC Higher National Certificate in Business (RQF);
  • HN Online consists of 8 units - 6 Core mandatory units, and 2 optional. A breakdown can be found below;
  • Each online unit covers 30 of the 60 required Guided Learning Hours (GLH);
  • HN Online integrates with your college's VLE, so it can be accessed via a platform both you and your students are familiar with;
  • Pearson will provide integration support and new user training to help you to become more comfortable with the functionality. 
Widen access within your college
If you have an ambition to widen access and provide opportunities for more students, HN Online has been developed to provide key qualification content and learning experiences that can be delivered via your LMS.
More engaging classroom time
Whilst your students are accessing part of the qualification online, you can spend more valuable classroom time preparing and delivering lessons with activities that have higher impact on learner engagement, whilst feeling confident that core content is still being covered.

Supporting effective interventions
You have access to all student data captured online via a performance dashboard. You can see exactly how your students are engaging with the content and performing in assessment activities. You can monitor and take action / plan interventions to support that student if needed.
Reduce delivery costs
With half of the Guided Learning Hours (GLH) being delivered online, you can accommodate more students in your usual teaching time. This will support your college to maximise delivery, which could increase revenue.

Delivers specialist content
All content in HN Online has been devised by subject experts so students have access to high quality learning in specialist subjects, freeing up expert tutor time to focus on areas of greatest need.
Better engagement with students
Forum functions allow you to communicate with your students outside of the classroom to prompt engagement around key areas, linking them to classroom activities.

A course to fit any schedule
Whether your students study full or part-time, they can access qualification content any time and on any device, allowing them to better fit their studies around their lifestyle.

Personalised learning journey
Students enrolled via HN Online have access to a more flexible and personalised learning experience. They are guided through the course based on their individual understanding of the content and receive extra help where needed, so can learn effectively at their own pace.

More collaboration
Discussion activities allow students to post their ideas and see the ideas of their peers alongside the content being discussed. They can remotely ask you questions, or respond to items on your forums.

Core/Optional Unit Title Credits Unit Level

1 Business and the Business Environment

15 4


2 Marketing Essentials

15 4

3 Human Resource Management

15 4

4 Management and Operations

15 4

5 Management Accounting

15 4

6 Managing a Successful Business Project (Pearson-set)

15 4

9 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

15 4

10 Financial Accounting

15 4

Please note: Centres will need to to have programme approval to deliver the BTEC Higher Nationals in Business (RQF). If centres do not have programme approval, they can request an application form.