• August
  • Full-Time
  • 1 year
  • Business Management
  • HND (SCQF Level 8)


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Intro to the course:

Just finished your HNC or the 1st year of your HND?    Are you now ready to move on to the next level? 

Are you ready to apply for direct entry to the 2nd year of the HND in Business?

This course gives you a fantastic opportunity to gain advanced skills before heading off to University, into employment or setting up your own business.

The HND builds on the key functions studied at HNC.  

HND (SCQF Level 8)

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Who is the course for?

This course is for you if you have completed an HNC Business or the first year of the HND Business and want to progress to University to study business, business with information management, business with accounting, human resource management or marketing. 

Alternatively you may wish to gain advanced skills to support a career in business, human resource management leadership or law.

What will I study?

This course builds on many of the topics in the HNC, while progressing to a higher-level including managing business culture and strategy, project management and decision-making based on strategy and risk, preparing financial forecasts and building on economic theory and application at micro and macro level as well as globally. 

The HND introduces legal knowledge required to operate in a business environment, such as the different legal personalities a business can have and their legal implications, law of contract and consumer, employment and data protection law. You will learn to prepare financial forecasts and will progress from management of people and organisations, to managing the culture and strategy of businesses. 

Further topics include:

  • project management - risk and decision-making
  • financial forecasts
  • business law
  • micro and macro economics
  • economics - the world economy
  • managing business culture and strategy 

In line with the more strategic emphasis at SCQF level 8, project management is introduced in the context of managing risk and decision-making, making use of project management software to do so while managing a project task. 

Business law will give you an understanding of the legal characteristics of various forms of business organisations, the legal implications of these and an understanding of the law of contract and other forms of legislation that impact fundamentally on business organisations.

Human and cognitive transferable skills are further developed as part of the second year HND. 

A wide range and combination of teaching, learning and assessment methods will be used throughout this course. This may include lectures, virtual learning environments, problem based scenarios, digital resources, exploration of contemporary issue, case studies, group work, projects, investigations and directed study.

Next step course options

You may apply for direct entry to the 3rd year of a degree or honours degree in related subjects, eg: 

  • BA (Hons) Management, Technology & Enterprise
  • BA (Hons) Business with Accounting
  • BA (Hons) Business with Information Management
  • BA (Hons) International Business
  • BA (Hons) Business and Management 
  • BA (Hons) Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) Rural Business Management

Articulation agreements are in place with:

  • Glasgow Caledonian University (guaranteed places)
  • University of the West of Scotland (UWS)
  • Scotland’s Rural University College (degree awarded by University of Glasgow)

Our previous students have also progressed to:

  • University of Strathclyde, Napier and Stirling 

How will I be assessed?

Ongoing assessment through a range of practical activities, observations, candidate folios, self-evaluation, presentations, planning and review using secure SQA assessment support packs. 

Throughout this second year you will complete a project, based on an investigation of an organisation or an issue affecting a number of organisations of your choice.

You will use standard referencing conventions, for example Harvard Referencing system, throughout to ensure you are confident about using wider evidence in support of a business or academic report and ensuring compliance with copyright and avoiding issues of plagiarism.

Why should I choose this course?

The specific aims of HND Business build on and extend the range and depth of those of the HNC. You'll:

  • develop greater range and depth of knowledge of core and specialist business functions from a managerial and strategic perspective. 
  • further develop research, critical thinking, management and organisational skills 
  • develop skills in analysis and evaluation of business issues and the ability to interpret and express them in an integrated and holistic manner 
  • develop knowledge and application of business law at an introductory level
  • enable progression to intermediate/advanced level commercial, supervisory or managerial positions in business organisations
  • develop knowledge of business and economic issues in an international context 

Develop knowledge underpinning SVQ in Business and Administration at SCQF level 8

Where can this course lead?

The HND has a managerial focus which will provide opportunities for you to progress more quickly to supervisory and management roles. 

This will prepare you for a career or further studies in a number of specialist areas, for example, human resource management, marketing and financial services

What are the entry requirements?

Any of the following:

  • HNC Business and you will have achieved an A/B in Graded Unit and a minimum of 14 credits
  • 1st year of HND Business with A/B in Graded Unit and a minimum of 14 credits

If you completed your HNC or HND year 1 at another College, or more than 2 years ago, some units may differ, and your timetable may be adjusted to ensure you achieve the 30 SCQF credits needed for the HND. 

What are the interview arrangements?

Your offer will be  subject to the relevant grades in the Graded Unit, achievement of the HNC and satisfactory reference and attendance whilst undertaking the HNC. 

Fees, finance and funding:

Fees and finances for full time:

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds.

Click here to find out more about fees, finance and funding options.

Other information:

Chartered Management Institute (CMI) 

Learners completing the HND Business are currently eligible for the Associate Grade of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) with the designatory letters ACMI. HND Business graduates who also have three years management experience are currently eligible for the Member Grade with the designatory letters MCMI. For more information see https://www.managers.org.uk/membership/become-a-member/

Chartered Banker Institute (CBI) 

The Chartered Institute of Bankers for Scotland currently accept holders of HNC and HND directly into their higher level qualification leading to MCIBS (Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland). For more information see https://www.charteredbanker.com/

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) 

As of the 1st October 2020 CIMA accredited programmes will be given exemptions in line with the new global CIMA accreditation policy. Please see the following link for the list of qualification exceptions 


Full time course: 15 hours a week

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Study mode Full-Time Start date 26/08/2024 Duration 1 year
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