Business HNC @ SCQF Level 7


This course gives you the opportunity to learn about the different sectors within the modern business world and is designed to give you a broad understanding of the functions of business and a clear understanding of the business environment.

This course is equivalent to the first year of degree study and we offer this course as a standalone HNC or as part of a BSc Business Degree in partnership with University of West of Scotland which is available on campus at Dumfries & Galloway College.

By studying this programme, you will develop suitable competencies and industry knowledge to enhance an administrative, commercial, or managerial career. You will develop other relevant skills that employers value such as customer handling skills, meeting deadlines, attention to detail, personal target setting, enterprise and effectively dealing with clients, managing your own performance and that of others.

The course also includes a Professional Development Award in Team Leadership and Management which meets the needs of individuals who wish to develop as managers or leaders within industry.

The HNC course has recently been updated to be more relevant to the needs of industry and includes more digital and emerging technologies within the delivery.

Opportunities exist to enable learners to attend part-time on an individual subject basis.

Course code



Dumfries Campus


Full Time: 2 – 2.5 days per week, independent study is required. The course is delivered via a hybrid model. (face to face and remote)

Entry Requirements

  • One Higher at Grade C or above AND three National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above in relevant* subjects; OR
  • NQ Business level 6; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience

* Relevant subjects include English, Administration, Business Management, Economics, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Studies or a Science subject.

  • You require a knowledge of Microsoft packages
  • Applicants whose first language is not English should be able to provide evidence of successful completion of ESOL at SCQF Level 4 or above.

Entry may be possible for mature students depending on their prior knowledge and experience.

If you are currently studying at the College, you will also require a positive Progressing Learner Reference.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

You’ll be invited to an interview session where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you’re interested in this subject area.

You will also be required to complete a skills test to ensure that you can work at the appropriate level.

Studying full time is a major commitment and reviewing your skills test will help our specialist staff to give you the best advice on which level of study and course is right for you. We will make an offer based on your application form, interview and skills test.

Course Content

You will learn Economics and Marketing, Business Communication Skills as well as Business Accounting, Human Resource Management, Customer Care, Managing People and Organisations, starting up a Business, Economics and Research Skills and Business Fundamentals with Emerging Technologies, which is vital for the changing world of business.


The year is divided into 3 teaching blocks, so assessment is spread evenly throughout the course. There are opportunities for re-assessment throughout the year.

Assessment methods may include individual and group projects, presentations, written assignments, and practical exercises,

There is an end of year graded exam.


Successful completion will allow direct entry into HND Business which is equivalent to second year Degree programme.

Career Prospects

The HNC award will prepare candidates for entry to a wide range of positions including Administration Officer; Administration Supervisor; Assistant Manager; Business Development Assistant; Customer Service Coordinator; Finance Assistant; Purchasing Officer; Planning Officer; Sales Coordinator; Team Leader or Trainee Manager.

The above positions are just some examples of a wider range of suitable posts.

The programme is also ideal for students who want to start their own business and require a broad grounding in business topics

Additional funding information

Full Time Students: You should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). Please visit their website: for further details.

Part Time Students: Fees will be discussed on an individual basis. Please contact Gillian Rose

Selling Points

This exciting course offers you the opportunity to apply for membership of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

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