Pearson Btech Higher National Diploma HND In Hospitality Management With Embedded Level 4 HNC Exit Award





Level 5
240 credits
21 hours per week

Tsitsi Marima
Doctorate in Education Candidate
Masters in International Hospitality Management
Bachelor in Hospitality Management

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay


Mont Rose College of Management and Sciences in London offers this course with the approval of BTEC Edexcel. The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in HND Hospitality Management provides a specialist work – related programme of study that covers key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the hospitality industry and also offers particular specialist emphasis through the choice of specialist units.

Level of Course HND is a Level 5 qualification (equivalent to the second year of a UK bachelor’s degree). There is an embedded level 4 exit qualification, the HNC.
Number of Credit Hours Upon successful completion of the course the student will have completed at least 240 + credits. On completion of HNC the student will have completed at least 120 + credits.
Study Mode Full-Time
BTEC Higher National Certificate (1 Year) The HNC is a level-4 qualification delivered over one year. The HNC is an embedded component of the HND, however, it can be taken as a stand- alone qualification. If a student opts to take the HNC the student would be eligible for Higher National Certificate after successful completion of a minimum of 8 modules.
BTEC Higher National Diploma (2 Years) The HND is a level 5 qualification delivered over two years, the first year at level 4 and the second year at level 5. If a student opts to take the HND, the student would be eligible for gain a Higher National Diploma after successful completion of a minimum of 15 modules.
Attendance Full-time student is required to attend 21 hours per week in term time.
Workload We recommend an average of 8-10 hours home study time per week for this programme.
Total Guided Learning (GL) Higher National Certificate (HNC) = 480 hours
Total Guided Learning (GL) Higher National Diploma (HND) = 960 hours
Exemptions No exemptions are allowed for this programme.

Objectives of the programme:

The objectives of the BTEC Higher Nationals in HND Hospitality Management are as follows:

  • To provide an exciting, stimulating and challenging programme of study in Hospitality that combines subject knowledge and industry experience that is both responsive to the constantly evolving needs of students and employers.
  • To equip students with hospitality skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global hospitality environment.
  • To enrich the student experience through a diverse and innovative programme of study that stems from a vocational and technical perspective.
  • To empower students through the study of core themes in management, leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship to maximise employability.
  • To provide education and training for a range of careers in hospitality, including food and beverage management, hotel management, kitchen management, facilities management and events management.
  • To provide insight and understanding into the diversity of roles within the hospitality industry, recognising the importance of networking and collaboration at all levels.
  • To equip students with knowledge and understanding of culturally diverse organisations, cross-cultural issues, diversity and values.
  • To provide opportunities for students to enter or progress in employment in hospitality, or progress to higher education qualifications such as an Honours degree in hospitality or a related area.
  • To provide opportunities for students to develop the skills, techniques and personal attributes essential for successful working lives.
  • To support students to understand the local, regional and global context of the hospitality sector and support those students with a global outlook, to aspire to international career pathways.
  • To provide students with opportunities to address contemporary issues facing the industry, and society at large; with particular emphasis on sustainability and the environment, globalisation and the impact of digital technology.
  • To provide opportunities for students to achieve a nationally-recognised professional qualification within their chosen area of specialisation.
  • To offer students the chance of career progression in their chosen field, with particular emphasis on achieving management-level positions, professional recognition and beyond.
  • To allow flexibility of study and to meet local or specialist needs.
  • To offer a balance between employability skills and the knowledge essential for students with entrepreneurial, employment or academic aspirations.
  • To provide students with opportunities to engage in an industry-recognised apprenticeship scheme for Hospitality Manager that aligns with their employer’s needs and their own career aspirations.
  • To provide students with the context in which to consider professional ethics and their relation to personal, professional and statutory responsibilities within the industry.


After finishing the course the students will be able to develop in-depth knowledge, to understand and develop skills in the fields of different areas of hospitality, licensed retail, food and beverage or leisure and tourism sectors.

  • Analyse, synthesise and summarise information on hospitality management critically.
  • Read and use literature on hospitality management with a good, critical understanding
  • Apply subject knowledge and understanding to address familiar and unfamiliar problems
  • Recognise and being able to discuss the moral and ethical issues in [subject area]; have the capacity to give a clear and accurate account of a subject, assemble arguments in a logical way and engage in debate and dialogue both with specialists and non - specialists a degree of specialisation in hospitality management through the optional modules. The students will be able to work as food and beverage manager, front of house manager or events manager.

    The award is made up of 16 units:

    Mandatory core units are:

    • The Contemporary Hospitality Industry
    • Managing the Customer Experience
    • Professional Identity and Practice
    • The Hospitality Business Toolkit
    • Leadership and Management for Service Industries (Pearson –set)
    • Research Project (Pearson – set)
    • Hospitality Consumer Behaviour and Insight

    Specialist Units

    • Food Service Management
    • Global Events
    • Concepts and Innovation in Hospitality
    • Tourist Resort Management
    • Hospitality Business Strategy

    Optional Units

    • Managing Accommodation Service
    • Managing Food Production
    • Hospitality Marketing Essentials

    Mont Rose College will engage students in a dynamic, interactive and reflective learning experience. This experience will effectively prepare students to successfully engage in the assessments, which will measure depth, as well as breadth, of knowledge. Teaching will stimulate academic engagement, develop challenging yet constructive discourse and encourage students to reflect on their own performance in preparation for a professional career. Additionally, the College will are encouraged to expose students to autonomous and independent learning, which will facilitate the development of their academic skills, experiences and techniques required as they progress from one level of study to the next. The College will develop programmes that have a distinctive focus on entry into work, delivering a curriculum that embeds employability, has a strong commitment to ethics and diversity, and introduces students to contemporary as well as seminal research. All teaching and learning will reflect the expectations of employers and society, and be informed and guided by external benchmarks such as professional and statutory bodies. In so doing, students completing a Higher National in Hospitality Management will have the attributes, skills, principles and behaviours that will enable them to make a valuable contribution to local, national and international commerce. The contributions students make to their own experiences, alongside the experience of their peers, is invaluable. Student engagement and the student voice will form a significant aspect of a student’s life. Mont Rose College will gather student opinions on a range of teaching and learning matters, which will be used to inform and enhance future practice within the programme of study and within the Centre.

    HND Hospitality Management Assessment:

    BTEC Higher Nationals in Hospitality Management are assessed using a combination of internally assessed Centre-devised internal assignments (which are set and marked by Centres) and internally assessed Pearson-set assignments (which are set by Pearson and marked by Centres). Pearson-set assignments are mandatory and target particular industry-specific skills. The number and value of these units are dependent on qualification size:

    • For the HNC, one core, 15 credits, unit at Level 4 will be assessed by a mandatory Pearson-set assignment targeted at particular skills;
    • For the HND, two core units: one core, 15 credits, unit at Level 4 and one core, 30 credit, unit at Level 5, will be assessed by a mandatory Pearson-set assignment targeted at particular skills;
    • all other units are assessed by the Centre-devised internal assignments.

    Assessment decisions through applying unit-based criteria

    Assessment decisions for BTEC Higher Nationals are based on the specific criteria given in each unit and set at each grade level. The criteria for each unit have been defined according to a framework to ensure that standards are consistent in the qualification and across the suite as a whole. The way in which individual units are written provides a balance of assessment of understanding, practical skills and vocational attributes appropriate to the purpose of the qualifications. Assessors must show how they have reached their decisions using the criteria in the assessment records. When a student has completed all the assessment for a unit, then the assessment team will give a grade for the unit. This is given simply according to the highest level for which the student is judged to have met all the criteria. Therefore:

    • To achieve a Pass, a student must have satisfied all the Pass criteria for the learning outcomes, showing coverage of the unit content and therefore attainment at Level 4 or 5 of the national framework.
    • To achieve a Merit, a student must have satisfied all the Merit criteria (and therefore the Pass criteria) through high performance in each learning outcome.
    • To achieve a Distinction, a student must have satisfied all the Distinction criteria (and therefore the Pass and Merit criteria), and these define outstanding performance across the unit as a whole.

    The award of a Pass is a defined level of performance and cannot be given solely on the basis of a student completing assignments. Students who do not satisfy the Pass criteria will be reported as Unclassified.

    Subject Benchmark Statement:

    The QAA subject Benchmark for Hospitality (QAA 115 06/06)


    Mont Rose College recruits students of good achievement from all educational backgrounds. Proven previous exam results are the main criteria for admission to Mont Rose College. International (Tier-4) students also need to show the English language competence in order to secure admissions. The following criteria must be met in order to secure admission to Mont Rose College.

    Academic (at least one of the following)

    • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Hospitality
    • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades A* to C (or equivalent), and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as maths and English
    • Other related Level 3 qualifications
    • An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
    • Related work experience
    • An international equivalent of the above.

    Centres may wish to consider applicants’ prior learning when considering their acceptance on a BTEC Higher Nationals, through Recognition of Prior Learning.

    English Language:

    International (Tier-4) students must show proof of English – language competence through success in an English test or background approved by UKBA. They should have CEFR (The Common European Framework of Reference) B2 level and above in reading, writing, listening and speaking. European Union students should also have good exam results or background in the English language.

    Start Date:

    New intakes each January/April/September

    Total Course Duration:

    2 years


    The Pearson BTEC level-5 HND Hospitality Management offers a progression route for learners who wish to be are employed in the Hospitality industry. The Pearson BTEC level-5 HND Hospitality Management is particularly useful for learners who wish to progress to a Bachelors Degree.


    The course fee is £6,000 per annum. For some students the course is fully funded by the Student Loan Company, this facility is only available to UK and other EU students. For more information, please contact the admissions team at or T: +44 20 8556 5009

    Awarding Body Membership Fee:

    The Pearson fee for HND Membership is paid by the College at the time of student enrolment.


    If you are interested in the Pearson Edexcel BTEC level-5 HND in Hospitality Management, please download the application form, complete and return it to Mont Rose College with relevant qualification documents, one suitable reference and copy of passport to the college via scanned copies delivered by email to or, by post at

    Mont Rose College
    267 Cranbrook Road,
    Ilford, Greater London IG1 4TG. 

    Admission Location:  Mont Rose College, London