Business Environment (BTEC4 HNC unit)
Business EnvironmentDo you want to gain insight into different business functions of an organisation and of the wider business environments in which organisations operate? Do you want to examine the different types of organisations (including for profit and not for profit), their size and scope (for instance micro, SME, transnational and global) and how they operate. Students will explore the relationships that organisations have with their various stakeholders and how the wider external environments influence and shape business decision making. So, sign up for the unit Business Environment with Kronenburgh Business College in The Hague: "Blended Learning" (in-class and / or online) part-time education for adults in business. This unit is part of the first year Bachelor Business and Management. This is an international BTEC4 / HNC programme at university (HBO) level.
You are working in or towards managerial roles and want to develop and enhance strategic thinking and planning that will improve organisational performances of businesses in their respective competitive markets. This starts with researching the transformation of inputs into outputs. This transformation process takes place against a background of external influences that impact on business activity.
What makes this program so special?
– The unit is part of the Internationally recognized Bachelor's programme Business and Management,
– You can obtain the unit BTEC4 HNC certificate,
– Use your own company as a case study,
– Blended learning: in class lectures but you can also participate with zoom,
– Access for students from all countries,
– Lecturers who work professionally in practice.
Business activity is fundamental and universal to our everyday lives. Business organisations may differ in many ways, depending on the industry in which they operate globally, but they do share one common feature: the transformation of inputs into outputs. This transformation process takes place against a background of external influences that impact on business activity. The external environment in which business organisations operate is dynamic, complex, volatile and interactive.
The aim of this unit is to give students background knowledge and understanding of business, of the functions of an organisation and of the wider business environments in which organisations operate. Students will examine the different types of organisations (including for profit and not for profit), their size and scope (for instance micro, SME, transnational and global) and how they operate. Students will explore the relationships that organisations have with their various stakeholders and how the wider external environments influence and shape business decision making.
The knowledge, understanding and skill sets that students gain in this unit will help them to have an insight into different business functions, which will support them with further study, support the development of analytical thinking and the application of key analytical tools used throughout business planning, and enable them to choose their preferred areas of specialism in future studies and in their professional career.
By the end of this unit a student will be able to:
LO1 Explain the different types, size and scope of organisations
LO2 Demonstrate the interrelationship of the various functions within an
organisation and how they link to organisational structure
LO3 Use contemporary examples to demonstrate both the positive and negative
influence/impact the macro environment has on business operations
LO4 Determine the internal strengths and weaknesses of specific businesses and
their interrelationship with external macro factors.
You will write an assignment that covers the learning outcomes.
The unit is at university level (HBO).
Your level of English should be at the level of mbo4, havo or vwo / Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B1
PTE 51, IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5,
Students that have studied in English for last two years als have acces.
In order to be able to compare the education systems in the different European countries, the European Qualification Framework EQF was developed. The Bachelor’s program in Business and Management is rated as follows (see Nuffic):
Higher National Certificate in Business HNC: EQF5;
Higher National Diploma in Business HND: EQF5;
Top-up Business and Management: EQF 6 (in the Dutch system HBO or WO).
For this unit you can obtain the unit BTEC4 HNC certificate.
HNC and HND
Kronenburgh International Business School provides the HNC and HND programs under the license and supervision of Pearson. Pearson Education Ltd.: The UK’s largest diploma awarding body with academic and professional qualifications that are globally recognized and benchmarked. Pearson is the world’s leading training company. Pearson therefore provides the internationally recognized HNC certificate and the HND diploma.
The program is made up of BTEC units. The Ofqual Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Qualification numbers are:
Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business: 601/8364/0
Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business: 601/8365/2
We start the lecture day with a kick-off test about the theory of the previous lecture day. In this way we encourage you to really absorb a piece of theory every day of your lecture. You and the lecturer will also receive daily feedback on whether the theory has landed well or whether repetition or additional explanation is needed. At the end of the unit there is a theoretical test. The final mark for this test must be sufficient to be able to continue. This is therefore a conditional test.
You will receive an assignment for this unit. You show that you can apply the theory within a practical case. You will also look for extra relevant theory/literature and you will include a bibliography in your elaboration. You show that with a critical eye you can draw your own conclusions and formulate an advice based on literature. The assignment also includes a presentation part.
The best continuation offered by the Kronenburgh International Business School is the bachelor Business and Management with a specialisation in:
College times: 13.30-20.50.
College day: we offer the lectures on Tuesday afternoons and evenings.
College duration: 4.5 days
Time investment: As a guideline, we use one hour of homework for every hour of lecture. You also write an assignment.
Start: 3 October 2024
Go to the college schedule: 2023-2024.
In class and / or online: Blended Learning
- Tuition fees Kronenburgh € 575.- (prepay)
- Tuition fees Pearson € 60.- (prepay)
- Literature Pearson € 17.55 (prepay)
- In total € 652.55
Good to know
- Prices Pearson are subject to exchange rates.
- Pearson may change prices.
- Studystore literature is based on previous academic year prices. New bibliographies will not be available until the summer holidays.
- You bring your own laptop. We work with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint (full software versions, so no free or limited versions).
- Additional lecture material/literature may be charged.
- If sufficient study results are not obtained, there are costs for attending lectures, taking exams and assessments (depending on what is necessary).
- No registration costs;
- No VAT on tuition fees;
- No arrangement costs;
- No reproduction rights fees.
Does the government support NL students?
Stimulation of the Labor Market Position (STAP) can be applied for up to € 1,000 per year via the UWV. An annual total budget of 218 million euros is available for the scheme, divided over 6 application periods. On = gone, so be on time!
An employer can set off employee training costs for tax purposes.