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Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Hospitality Management

(Registered under Chapter 493, Registration Number: 252212) 

The BTEC Higher National Diploma in Hospitality Management (HND in Hospitality Management) is designed to prepare students to specialise in a range of administrative and management positions within hospitality related fields.  This is emphasising the use of knowledge and practical skills in areas such as hospitality operations, banqueting and conference management, food and beverage operations, customer servicing, facilities operations, and human resources management, etc.  It provides specialist routes of studies that relate to individual professions within the hospitality world.  It is a two year full-time programme that is equivalent to year two of a UK honours degree.  There are totally 16 core modules to be completed.

The qualification of HND in Hospitality Management is offered by Edexcel of Pearson Group, which is one of the main examination boards in the UK and it is being internationally recognised as well.  For the education pathways, it provides a route for students who are seeking to gain entry to UK higher education programmes.  The HND in Hospitality Management is also recognised by over 130 countries, along with professional associations globally. 

About BTEC Higher Nationals Diploma

About Edexcel

Business & Technology Education Council (BTEC) was established in 1984 in the UK by consolidation of Business Education Council (BEC) and Technology Education Council (TEC). In 1996, BTEC further consolidated with University of London Examination & Assessment Council (ULEAC) to set up Edexcel.

Edexcel under the Pearson Group, is the leading provider of internationally recognised qualifications. As the UK's largest awarding body, Edexcel offers qualifications such as GCSE (General Certificates of Secondary Education), GCE (General Certificate of Education) and BTEC, etc.

Compass College is an accredited centre for the Edexcel in respect of BTEC programmes in Hong Kong.


About BTEC 

BTECs are work-related qualifications, that are designed to accommodate the needs of employers as well as allowing progression to university degrees. They provide a programme of specialist vocational learning which reflects the requirements of professional organisations and meets the National Occupational Standards for each sector or industry. With their strong emphasis on developing practical skills alongside specialist sector knowledge, BTECs are recognised internationally as providing learners with the key concepts and practical skills for direct progression to employment and further studies.  


At a glance of BTEC Higher National Diploma

This United Kingdom Qualifications and Credits Framework (QCF) Level 5 qualification is designed to provide a specialist vocational programme, targeting the needs of the industry and linking in to the requirements of professional bodies. Students are thoroughly grounded in the central skills, knowledge base and key concepts which underpin the sector. Many students will progress from this onto the final year of an Honours degree course.

Key Features



Through scientific curriculum design, teaching methodology, assessment standard, internal and external verifications, BTEC allows students’ participation in teaching and learning. Through interactive teaching and provision of support and assistance by the lecturers in the teaching process, students will be able to complete vocational related assessments by themselves and to achieve learning outcomes specified in the course outline, and master their own learning process.


BTEC programmes are straddling various professional disciplines in accordance with current development of business, economy and technology. Course contents are designed and timely revamped to meet the needs of respective industries and employers on knowledge and skills. BTEC programmes provide hands-on practical skills in works to facilitate career development of students, and the students’ applicability of knowledge and skills can enhance effectiveness of enterprises and are therefore highly desirable by employers.


BTEC programmes not only develop students the practical skills in works, other than teaching academic knowledge, the programmes also foster various skills required in the learning process of further studies, such as analytical abilities, problem solving skills, independent research and initiative abilities, etc. Also, BTEC HND programmes enable students to better grasp various knowledge and skills on English proficiency, and therefore strengthen their language foundation on progression to further studies.


BTEC programmes are designed according to the needs of enterprises, education objectives and industry standards. The contents and assessment methods are highly linked to the needs of the society, and tailor-made to meet the needs and circumstances of enterprises.


Accredited centres exercise stringent internal verification according to the quality assurance requirements stipulated by Edexcel. Evidences of internal evaluation are kept during the teaching process to ensure reasonability, fairness and effectiveness of assessments. Independent experts will carry out external verification on the operations of the centres by paying visits to the centres twice a year, and proactively communicate with . This double monitoring mechanism ensures consistent quality of BTEC programmes.

Programme Structure

The Contemporary Hospitality Industry
Managing the Customer Experience
Professional Identity and Practice
The Hospitality Business Toolkit
Leadership and Management for Service Industries (Pearson-set)
Managing Accommodation Services
Managing Conference and Events
Hospitality Marketing Essentials
Research Project (Pearson-set)
Hospitality Consumer Behaviour and Insight
Front of Office Operations Management
Hospitality Digital Marketing
Menu Development, Planning and Design
Hospitality Business Strategy
Organisational Behaviour

Worldwide Recognition

BTEC HND programmes are recognised by universities and professional bodies all over the world, graduated students may choose to enter the employment market or progress to further studies. Some institutions which accept BTEC HND are listed as follows, students are usually required to meet some other entry requirements set by respective institutions:

United Kingdom:


Anglia Ruskin University

University of Bedfordshire

University College Birmingham

The University of Bolton

Bath Spa University

Bradford College (University Centre)

Bradford University

University of Brighton

Buckinghamshire New University

Coventry University

Canterbury Christ Church University

University of Central Lancashire

University of Derby

De Montfort University

University of Glamorgan

University of Gloucestershire

University of Greenwich

Guildhall College (UEL)

Harper Adams University College

University of Hertfordshire

University of Huddersfield

University of Kent

University of Lincoln

Liverpool John Moores University

London Metropolitan University

London South Bank University

Middlesex University

Manchester Metropolitan University

University of Northampton

Nottingham University

Oxford Brookes University

University of Plymouth

University of Portsmouth

Staffordshire University

University of Surrey

Swansea Metropolitan University

Southampton Solent University

St Patrick’s College

University of Teesside

University of Westminster

University of the West of England, Bristol

University of Wolverhampton

University of Worcester

University of Wales Institute

University of Wales, Newport


University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

University of Denver

West Texas A&M University

University of Tampa

St Catherine University

East Carolina University

Hawaii Pacific University

Iowa State University


Dalhousie University

Mount Saint Vincent University

Laurentian University

Australia and New Zealand:

Curtain University, Sydney

Edith Cowan University

Murdoch University

University of New England (NSW)

Queensland University of Technology

University of South Australia

University of Technology, Sydney

University of Western Australia

University of Canterbury

University of Otago


Parson Paris School of Art and Design


Saxion University


Intel UK and global

Escuela Superior de Turismo de Baleares Spain

Conrinthia International Hotels Malta


Middle East and Africa:

Heriot Watt University

American University in the Emirates

Middlesex University, Dubai

Syrian Virtual University


Department for Tourism and Commerce Dubai

Petroleum Development Oman

Royal Guard of Oman Technical School Oman

Pioneer Foods South Africa

Emirates Aviation College UAE

Hong Kong:

Upon fulfillment of other entry requirements, most universities and tertiary institutions in Hong Kong accept BTEC HND


Help University College, Kuala Lumpur


National Economic University, Hanoi

Professional Bodies:

Academy of Executives and Administrators

Academy of Multi-Skills

Association of Accounting Technicians

Association of Building Engineers

Association of Certified Book-Keepers

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Association of Financial Controllers and Administrators

Association of International Accountants

Association of Professional Recording Services

British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences

British Computer Society

British Institute of Professional Photography

Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

Chartered Institute of Bankers

Chartered Institute of Building

Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Chartered Institute of Housing

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Chartered Institute of Marketing

Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply

Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

Chartered Management Institute

Chartered Quality Institute

Chartered Society of Designers

Communication, Advertising and Marketing Education Foundation Ltd

Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine

Creative and Cultural Skills

Engineering Council

Federation of Holistic Therapies

Institute of Administrative   Management

Institute of Automotive Engineer Assessors

Institute of Biology

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Institute for Chartered Secretaries and Administrators

Institute of Clerks of Works of Great Britain Incorporated

Institute of Cost and Executive Accountants

Institute of Financial Accountants

Institute of Financial Services

Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management

Institute of Highway Incorporated Engineers

Institute of Horticulture

Institute of Hospitality

Institute of Leadership and Management

Institute of Legal Executives

Institute for the Management of Information Systems

Institute of Management Services

Institute of Management Specialists

Institute of Manufacturing

Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology

Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

Institute of Measurement and Control

Institute of the Motor Industry

Institute of Personnel and Development

Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering

Institute of Refrigeration

Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation

Institute of Sport and Recreation Management

Institute of Sports, Parks and Leisure

Institute of Transport Administration

Institution of Agricultural Engineers

Institution of Chemical Engineers

Institution of Civil Engineering

Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors

The Institution of Engineering and Technology

Institution of Engineering Designers

Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers

Institution of Incorporated Engineers

Institution of Lighting Engineers

Institution of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Institution of Structural Engineers

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Pensions Management Institute

Professional Business and Technical Management

Royal Aeronautical Society

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Royal Institution of Naval Architects

Royal Society of Chemistry

Society of Dyers and Colourists

Society of Operations Engineers

Tourism Society

Welding Institute

"It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognise any qualification to which this course may lead."

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