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HNC Hospitality Management (Level 4) — Full-time

Course outline

This new Level 4 Higher National Certificate course offers a broad introduction to the dynamic and exciting world of global hospitality. Students will learn about operational practice as well as the strategic development of the UK, European and international hospitality industries. Whether you are new to hospitality or have relevant previous experience and want to widen your horizons, this highly-regarded qualification could enhance your future career prospects.

This course is currently being designed and is offered subject to validation - with a first intake planned for September 2024.

Students will be encouraged to gain knowledge and understanding of the broad aspects of Hospitality Management.
There will be a strong emphasis on employability skills and the underpinning knowledge essential for students with entrepreneurial, employment or academic aspirations.

Programme content is designed to be appropriate for entry into or progression within the international hospitality sector and enables students to progress onto higher study at Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) or the final year of a BA (Hons) degree.

This course will be based at our new £58 million City Hub campus, near Nottingham train station. The campus opened in 2021 and features state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities, with our award-winning Fletcher’s restaurant, cafe and live performing arts venue.

Level 4 units are planned to include:

  • The Contemporary Hospitality Industry
  • Managing the Customer Experience
  • Professional Identity and Practice
  • The Hospitality Business Toolkit
  • Leadership and Management for Service Industries
  • Work Experience

The other 2 units allow students to study a strand of the hospitality industry in more detail - either Culinary Arts or 'Front of House'.

  • Managing Food Production (Culinary)
  • International Gastronomy (Culinary)
  • Managing Conference and Events (Hospitality)
  • Managing Food and Beverage Operations (Hospitality)

Nottingham College is proud to have been awarded the Teaching Excellence Framework Bronze Award for high quality student experience and outcomes. You can read more about this on the Office for Students website.

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: HOS1

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Location Date Fees / reductions
111 Canal Street

Start: Monday 23rd September 2024

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Tuition fee: £8,250

Course code: C050398 / Q050399


Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Hospitality Management (subject to validation)


1 year

Level Level 4
Entry requirements

Applicants should possess (or expect to achieve) a full Level 3 qualification or two A level passes.

GCSE English Language and Maths passes at Grades 9 to 4 (previously A* to C) are required. As an equivalent, we expect applicants to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and Maths/numeracy.

Applicants must have a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • At least two A Levels at A2
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE Diploma
  • T levels

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

Mature applicants not meeting the standard entry criteria but with relevant industry or life experience are very welcome to apply.

Teaching & assessment

Assignments (including timed assessments – some under examination conditions), individual and group presentations, discussions, academic posters, displays, leaflets, recorded interviews/role plays, reflective journals and work-based projects.


From the Higher National Certificate (HNC) , students may progress to the Higher National Diploma (HND), from where they could progress to the final year of our BA (Hons) Business and Enterprise Management degree or a similar programme at another institution (subject to entry requirements).

Students may further develop their careers by entering employment in a wide range of roles in the global hospitality and tourism sector such as: restaurant/bar/pub manager, conferencing and events manager, marketing and sales manager or hotel and resort manager.

Additional information

This course is currently being designed and is offered subject to validation - with a first intake planned for September 2024.

About the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The TEF is a national scheme run by the Office for Students (OfS) that aims to encourage higher education providers to improve and deliver excellence in the areas that students care about the most: teaching, learning and achieving positive outcomes from their studies.

Learn more about the TEF