HNC/HND in Business

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Our Higher National (HNC/D) courses in Business are designed to prepare individuals with the knowledge and fundamental skills to be able to navigate within highly competitive and ever-changing industries.

Students 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.

Successful completion of year 1 (HNC) will allow you to progress onto year 2 (HND). Alternatively, students may choose to apply to university to continue studies at degree level. The College has an agreement in place with Abertay University which allows entry into Year 2 or 3 of selected degree programmes. View the full university articulation routes here.

Students will study individual units such as business accounting, IT, managing people, HRM, economics and marketing to help individuals become experts within in the field.

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.

New for 2021 entry. Apply through UCAS 

HNC in Business – course code ALM1

HND in Business – course code ALM2

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 Business is awarded at SCQF level 7

HND in Business 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 dates:

  • January
  • September

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 Business 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  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.

Course aims

  • Develop candidates knowledge and skills required for employment in a business environment
  • Enable progression within the SCQF framework
  • Develop study and research skills
  • Develop transferable skills including Core Skills to the levels demanded by employers
  • Enable a sound articulation route to the HND Business and higher education
  • Prepare candidates for progression to further studies


HNC Business (year 1)

Unit SCQF level Credits Semester 
Economic Issues 7 8 1
IT in Business: Spreadsheets 7 8 1
Communication: Business Communication 7 8 1
Business Law: An Introduction 7 8 1
Business Accounting 7 16 2
Managing People in Organisations 7 16 2
Business: Graded Unit 1 7 8 3
IT: Applications Software 7 8 3
Marketing: An Introduction 7 8 3
Business Contractual Relationships 7 8 3

HND Business (year 2)

Unit SCQF level Credits Semester 
Behavioural Skills for Business 8 8 1
Managing Operational Resources 7 16 3
Developing Entrepreneurial Skills 8 7 1
Managing Market Resources 8 8 1
Human Resource Management: An Introduction 7 8 1
Statistics for Business 7 8 2
Economics: Micro & Macro Theory and Application 8 8 2
Business Culture & Strategy 8 16 2
Individual Employment Relations Law 7 8 2
Management and Leadership at Work 7 8 2
Business Graded Unit 2 8 16 3
Economics 2: The World Economy 8 8 3
Information and Communication Technology 8 16 3
Preparing Financial Forecasts 8 8 1


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/D 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.

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