Advanced Certificate in Business

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This is an online programme for students living outside of Scotland. If you live in Scotland and/or plan to move to Dundee, please apply for the HNC/D in Business.

The Advanced Certificate in Business is the first year of a 2-year programme, comprised of study at Advanced Certificate level during the first year with progression to Advanced Diploma in the second. The course is designed to help you develop the essential knowledge and skills needed to succeed within the business sector, while also giving broader insight into specialist areas including marketing, communications, and managing people and organisations.

You will gain insight into the different factors that influence modern-day businesses as well as the structures and strategies adopted by organisations to develop, grow and succeed.

With business roles being in high demand, particularly within the UK, studying on the Business course will provide a pathway into the industry for ambitious and committed individuals. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur, have an interest in management, are looking to refresh your skills and knowledge, or simply seeking a change in career, our Business course is available to you.

Programme duration

This programme is SCQF credit-rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). It is available on a full-time or part-time basis.

Programme level

The Advanced Certificate is awarded at SCQF level 7

Entry requirements

Advanced Certificate  

  • 2 Highers or equivalent and National 5 Maths or equivalent
  • Relevant National Qualifications or National Qualification Group Awards at SCQF level 5 or 6
  • Applicants with no formal qualifications are encouraged to apply


For international qualifications, please email

English Language requirements

  • GCSE English grade C or new grades 4-9
  • Standard Grade grades 1-3
  • National 5 grades A-C
  • IELTS  5.0

Full entry requirements are available here

Students who require a visa to study in the UK should check the UKVI requirements for English language.


  • Develop knowledge and skills required for employment in a business environment
  • Acquire skills and knowledge in key business functions such as Management, Marketing, and Accounting, as well as developing skills needed in Economics, Communication, Problem Solving and the influence of technology on the business environment and businesses themselves
  • Provide a grounding for students looking to start up their own business by integrating a Business Fundamentals unit while exploring emerging digital business models and getting an introduction to accounting
  • Develop study and research skills
  • Develop transferable skills including Core Skills to the levels demanded by employers


Economic Issues: An Introduction
IT in Business Spreadsheets
IT Applications: Software 1
Communication: Business Communication
Business Law: An introduction
Accounting for Business: An Introduction
Managing People and Organisations
Business Graded Unit 1
Marketing: An Introduction
Business Contractual Relationships


You will have 12 hours of class time per week with an additional 12 hours of independent study expected. Classes take place on a Monday and Tuesday.

Classes will be in the form of lectures and small group tutorials.

Assessment will be through reports, essays, and case studies as well as presentations, group assessments, exams and projects.

The Advanced Certificate includes a Graded Unit, which is a project in the form of a practical assignment. It is designed to assess your ability to retain and integrate the knowledge and skills gained in the award and to also grade your achievement.

There are three grades:

A — achieve 70% or over

B — achieve between 60% and 69%

C — achieve between 50% and 59%.


Successful completion of year 1 (Advanced Certificate) will allow you to progress onto the Advanced Diploma (year 2) or alternatively the HND Business if residing in Scotland.

You may also choose to apply to university to continue your studies at degree level. The College has an agreement in place with Abertay University which allows entry into Year 2 of selected degree programmes. View the full University articulation routes here.                                

The Advanced awards in Business prepare learners for entry to a wide range of positions in employment. Below is a small selection of those where progression is possible directly or with further study or experience:

  • Business development manager
  • Business change manager
  • Project manager
  • Business analyst
  • Operations analyst
  • Marketing officer

Communications officer

Student life

The College provides a conducive environment for its learners and staff in terms of facilities. More importantly, the College promotes multiculturalism as encapsulated in its vision and philosophy. The College is also situated near the city centre of Dundee close to the Universities of Dundee and Abertay as well as the Dundee College.

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