Structured learning

Pearson BTEC: Internationally recognised

The Kronenburgh International Business program is built on BTEC units (modules). A module is a set of college days around one subject like ‘Business Strategy’ or ‘E-commerce’.

BTEC is developed collaborating with a wide range of students, employers, higher education providers, colleges and subject experts to ensure that the qualifications meet their needs and expectations. BTEC developers also worked closely with the relevant professional bodies, to ensure alignment with recognised professional standards.

Therefore BTEC qualifications are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the principal vocational qualification at Levels 3, 4 and 5.

BTEC is engaging students in practical, interpersonal and thinking skills for more than thirty years. There is a great emphasis on employer engagement and work readiness. The

BTEC qualifications in Business are designed to reflect this increasing need for high quality professional education at Levels 3, 4 and 5, thereby providing students with a clear line of sight to employment and to progression to certificate, diploma or a Bachelor degree. For more information, see: https://www.highernationals.com.

BTEC qualifications are awarded by Pearson, the UK’s largest awarding body offering academic and vocational qualifications that are globally recognised and benchmarked. Pearson is the world’s leading learning company. Over 100,000 BTEC learners apply to university every year.

BTEC modules will be teached and assessed in English. In the level 3 program there are also some Dutch modules for those students that also want to receive the MBO 4 diploma.

How our education is structured

The first day of the college year is the Introduction Program. First we inform you about our education system. Than we go to the beach for some teambuilding activities like beach volley-ball and wave surfing. Also our second year students will be there.

Our college days are divided in two parts. In the morning you participate the working colleges. In the afternoon you participate the practicum. During the practicum you will do all the ‘homework’ supported by the teacher.

Every college year consists of 2 or 3 lecture periods. Every year the last period is an internship period.

A Lecture period is built on 8 until 10 college weeks.

During a lecture day (9 a.m. – 4.20 p.m.), 1 module is always central, for example the module ‘Management Accounting’ throughout the whole day. This way we can go into depth.

In the morning we focus on the theory (Think) working college (theory combined with small exercises). In the afternoon we have the practical period were we put all theory into practice by making assignments, working out cases, doing projects (Act). At the end of the day we finish with a small end-of-day test. This way you as well as the Lecturer gets feedback on the individual learning processes. If you work hard, work will be finished at the end of the day and you are free to relax, do sports etc. The last day of the module there will be an exam training. A lecture Period is finished with an examination week. This way you are well prepared for the internship (Grow).

Study trip: building further

In the first year of the BTEC International Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business /

MBO4 International Business but also in the first year of the Bachelor program there is a study trip. The first trip is inside Europe. The second trip is outside Europe. The main theme is entrepreneurship.

Internship: learning on the job

The internship is an important part of our education: learning on the job. You work on clearly defined assignments (BTEC3), you work on a business project (BTEC4) or you work on a research project (BTEC5). The last college periode there is one college day schedule free. You can use this day to find a suitable internship company.

You can do your Internship with an international working company in The Netherlands or abroad.

English for international cooperation

Our international Business program is in English as this language makes international cooperation possible. For the MBO 4 diploma you need to reach the B1 level. For the BTEC3 extended diploma you need to reach a B2 level. For the Batchelor degree you need to reach the IELT level. IELT is often an admission criteria for Universities. The English language courses are part of our program but also can be optional for the native speakers.

Preparing for Business Culture

Time is time, a deal is a deal. If you meet expectations you are rewarded. If you do not, than it is you having a problem doing extra work to bring de module marks at a positive level, while other students move on working on their new targets.

When it is appropriate or functional, we wear a business suit. This is for example the case during business visits, if we welcome external speakers, if we do exam presentations or during certain parts of the study trip.

We see the working colleges (morning) as a meeting within the business community. The mobile phones are switched off during the meeting. The chairman (the lecturer) has the floor and expects a contribution from all participants (the students) during the meeting.

We see the practicum (afternoon) as the regular activities that you perform as an employee within the business community. You deliver quality when performing the tasks that have been assigned to you. If necessary, you seek collaboration with other employees (students) and look for the feedback from your team leader (the teacher). You receive feedback about the quality that you provide every day (end-of-day test), but you also receive an assessment after every examination period.

When you receive your period assessment the lecturers also give a mark for professionalism. How was your participation during the meetings (working colleges), how did you work during the practicum.

Motivated Lecturers and Students in small groups

Our Lecturers work in the field in which they teach within the study program. They like to talk about their profession and share best practices. They see you as a new colleague who will be trained to become the professional the business world is waiting for.

Students at Kronenburgh are ambitious and opt to accelerate their diplomas, are willing to go the extra mile in order to achieve goals in the future.

We work with groups of 15 students on average. In this way teachers and students can collaborate intensively during the lecture day and achieve good learning results

Learning support

Kronenburgh is not a learning factory. We know each other and know where to find each other. If you have any questions, just drop in at the college director and / or your study supervisor. At Kronenburgh we just want you to reach the finish line and hand out Kronenburgh certificate, diploma or degree.

If you have not passed a module, you will receive a resit. As a second year student you can then take the re-examination with the new first-year students and if necessary their resit.

The study supervisor will monitor and discuss your study progressions and discuss how you can make sure to reach targets.

During the internship there will be a business supervisor and a college supervisor.

Aptitude test, the final exam
The final component of our education is the aptitude test: the final exam. Are you ready to receive our certificate, diploma or degree? During this test you show that you really master all competences. The aptitude test can be taken at the company site where you have already worked for several months and are completely at home. The aptitude test can also be taken at our college building.
You discuss a number of prepared assignments with an independent examiner. The examiner also observes you in professional practice. The aptitude test is the crown on your achievements of the past education period.

The Bachelor period is finished according to the rules of the selected university.

These results will be integrated into the Kronenburgh Result Overview you will receive.

Awarding institutions

The awarding institutions of your certificate, diploma or degree are:

  • BTEC International Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business is awarded by Pearson;
  • International Business MBO4 is awarded by Kronenburgh College;
  • BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Business is awarded by Pearson;
  • BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Business is awarded by Pearson;
  • University TOP-up program: Bachelor degree / Bsc (Hons) is awarded by the selected university;
  • Bachelor degree result overview is awarded by Kronenburgh International Business School.

Think – Act – Grow

During the whole college day there is always one module central. This way we can go into depth in the morning when dealing with the theory (Think). In the afternoon we bring this theory into practice (Act). With this approach each new lecture day and each new module each new period and internship we take another step together so you will to grow into the ‘professional’ the business world is waiting for (Grow). We crown your personal development with a valuable Kronenburgh certificate or diploma.


Kronenburgh Quality:

  • The Kronenburg International Business School is member of the Nederlandse Raad voor Training en Opleiding (NRTO): branch for private schools. Kronenburgh may carry the NRTO quality mark.
  • Kronenburgh is recognized by the Ministry of Education and Science under the number 30HM. Kronenburgh works according to the frameworks of the Dutch Education Inspectorate and has shaped its quality system within these frameworks.
  • Kronenburgh is working according to the BTEC Quality system under Pearson’s authority.
  • Kronenburgh is registered by the Center for Post Initial Education in the Netherlands (CPION) in the Central Register for Vocational Education (CRKBO).
  • Kronenburgh educates students for external exams of the Dutch Association for Examination (Finance, Management en HRM exams), SVM NIVO (real estate industry examination office) and WFT NIVO (financial services examination office).

A student’s complaint is first made known to the management with the intention to solve the problem. When submitting a formal complaint, we work in accordance with the complaints procedure of the NRTO, including the associated disputes committee. It should be noted here that for MBO3 – 4 courses, students first work according to the Education Examination Regulations (OER) and the student statute that are available via the intranet. After that, you can still fall back on the complaints procedure of the NRTO.

Information about our education is also mentioned at:

‘As a small-scale college, we offer student’s opportunities to successfully complete the course, but we never set the bar.

Because a Kronenburgher lives up to the promise. “

Dhr. drs PSC Janssen MBA, collegedirecteur