The Higher National Diploma in Hospitality Management (HND) is a vocational course. This means that not only do you learn the theoretical aspects but it also provides you with ability to relate this to the real world of work. Evaluating the application of these theories and concepts puts you at an advantage of being a strategic thinker and proactive manager in turbulent economic times.
You won’t have to write any exams during your HND; instead you will focus on gaining practical, applicable skills through real-world case studies and group and individual assignments. You will develop the leadership, operational and administration skills you need for a truly successful career in hospitality.
This course is accredited by Edexcel.

Course content

This course covers general hospitality management units.

Course structure

You will study 16 modules over a period of 2 years (full time) or 3 years (part time), before undertaking a research project, which will draw together everything you have learnt.
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Course Modules

Year 1

  • The Contemporary Hospitality Industry
  • The Developing Manager
  • Customer Service
  • Rooms Division Operations
  • Food & Beverage Operations
  • Hospitality Operations Management
  • Management Accounting for Hospitality
  • Industry Experience

Year 2

  • Food and Society
  • Conference and Banqueting Management
  • Marketing
  • Facilities Operations
  • Procurement
  • Financial Management
  • Information management and Technology
  • Research Project


Assessment of BTEC Higher Nationals is by assignment, typically one or two assignments per unit. These assignments will vary and include a mix of formal reports, presentations and practical tasks, but there will be no formal exams.
All units will be individually graded as ‘pass’, ‘merit’ or ‘distinction’ To achieve a full qualification you must pass all 8 units to achieve the higher certificate and all 16 units to achieve the higher diploma.

Entry Requirements for HND Courses

  • Must be 18 years and above
  • One GCE A level pass in a relevant subject and 3 passes at GCSE level
  • Or
  • A Level 3 qualification
  • Or
  • 3 GCSE passes with a minimum 3 years’ work experience in a business or hospitality field
  • And
  • English Language – at B2 or IELTS level 5.5

Mature applicants – a minimum of 3 years work experience at supervisory level and meet the English language requirement.

Method of Study

Its includes, for example, lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations, group discussions, and case study analyses

Duration of the course

Two Years

Start dates:

January, May & September

*Course commencement – Subject to number of student applications