Business HND @ SCQF Level 8


The HND extends the range of competencies covered in the HNC and enables learners to consider and revisit core business issues and develop a depth of understanding from a managerial perspective.

An e-Business focus also exists in the programme allowing learners to expand their studies in Information & Communication Technology (ICT) and business by studying e-Commerce & Business ICT.

Time will also be spent looking at self-employment and starting your own business.

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




Attendance Full Time: 2 - 2.5 days per week.

Entry Requirements

The HND Business is a 30 credit, 2 year programme with the HNC Business course covering the first 15 credits over the first year.

?Successful completion of HNC Business (15 credits).
?Successful completion of HNC Business from another establishment.

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

Additional Entry Requirements


Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment.

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

Course Content

The subjects included in the second year programme may include:
  • Business Culture & Strategy
  • ICT in Business
  • Statistics for Business
  • Preparing Financial Forecasts
  • Behavioural Skills for Business
  • Business Law
  • Business Contractual Relationships
  • Grievance & Discipline Handling
  • Economics: Micro & Macro Economics, World Economy.


Assessments are ongoing throughout the year and include a graded unit project.


Successful completion of the full HND Business course will allow entry into the second or third year of a university degree course e.g. UWS, SRUC, Open university or another university of the learner?s choice.

Career Prospects

This HND will prepare candidates for entry to a wide range of positions including: Admin Officer; Administration Supervisor; Assistant Manager; Business Development Assistant; Business Manager; Finance Assistant; Purchasing Officer; Office Manager; Planning Officer; Sales Coordinator; Team Leader or Trainee Manager.

The above positions are just some examples of the wide range of posts that HND candidates can progress to.

Additional funding information

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

Selling Points

This course further enhances the learners understanding to equip them for management or leadership positions within Business industry.