HNC/Diploma in Management & Leadership

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Effective managers are essential to the success of any business in today’s competitive economy. The HNC and Diploma in Management and Leadership are for existing managers or people aspiring to management positions.

The HNC and Diploma in Management and Leadership are recognised qualifications that are understood and respected by employers across many industry sectors. They develop a range of operational management and leadership competencies that are required by those engaged in, or aspiring to, managerial positions.

The HNC in Management and Leadership (SCQF level 7) covers management principles for those gaining their first experience of management or for those who aspire to become managers soon. Key areas covered: self-development; management and leadership skills; managing and working with others; planning/implementing change; managing operational resources; and customer care.

The Diploma in Management and Leadership (SCQF level 8) provides suitable competences for future career and personal development in middle/senior management duties including: using strategic management and leadership skills for longer-term direction of an organisation across a range of management functions; planning and implementing strategic change; management research; project management; and organisational risks.

This course may be suitable for:

  • School leavers
  • Adult returners to education
  • Those in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • Those who are, or wish to be, self-employed and require a broad grounding in business

Course Level

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

HNC in Management & Leadership is awarded at SCQF level 7

HND in Management & Leadership is awarded at SCQF level 8

Course Duration

Year 1 (HNC)

Full time – 1 year
Part time – up to 2 years

Year 2 (HND)

Full time – 1 year
Part-time – up to 2 years

Start date- January 2020 (to be confirmed)

Entry Requirements

Year 1 (HNC)  

  • 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



Year 2 (HND)  

  • Successful completion of HNC Management & Leadership and 2 Highers or equivalent
  • Relevant work experience
  • Applicants with no formal qualifications are encouraged to apply



English Language requirements

  • GCSE English grade C or new grades 4-9
  • Standard Grade grades 1-3
  • National 5 grades A-C
  • IELTS – 6.0 (Minimum of 5.5 in each part and 6.0 in writing)

Full entry requirements are available here

Course Aims

  • Develop candidates’ knowledge and skills required for employment in a Management environment
  • Enable progression within the SCQF framework
  • Enable a sound articulation route to the Diploma in Management and Leadership and higher education
  • Prepare candidates for progression to further studies in Management or related subjects
  • Develop transferable skills to meet the requirements of employers

Core Units

Year 1 (HNC) Year 2 (HNC)
Developing Self-Management Skills Develop Strategic Plans
Leadership at Work Strategic Change
Plan, Lead and Implement Change Management Research
Managing and Working with People
Manage Operational Resources
Creating a Culture of Customer Care
Management and Leadership: Graded Unit 1


Optional Units

Year 1 (HNC) Year 2 (HND)
Business Law Managing in a Global Environment
Marketing Organisational Innovation
Economics Statistics for Business
Managing Information Project Management: Managing Multiple Projects
Project Management
Leadership for Managers


Students can choose whether to study Full-time or Part-time (daytime, evening and/or weekends), and will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, case studies, group work, projects and Virtual Learning Environments. All teaching will take place within the College.

Students will be assessed using continuous assessment and exams throughout the duration of the course.


The HNC/Diploma may enhance your career by developing skills such as critical analysis, networking, team-building, communication skills, problem-solving, negotiation and influencing skills and written and oral presentation skills.

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.

Tuition Fees

Full tuition fee information can be found here