HNC/HND in Business

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HNC and HND Business qualifications are designed for candidates who wish to pursue a career in business. The College works closely with Universities to ensure you can progress to the course of your choice. There are a wide range of optional units to choose from including Arabic Language.

The HNC and HND in Business are designed to provide a broad understanding of business organisations and the environment in which they operate. Candidates who successfully complete these qualifications may go on to study further academic and professional qualifications or embark on an administrative, managerial or commercial career.

The HND has a strong managerial focus which helps successful candidates to progress to management roles. In addition, the wide range of options enables candidates to progress to specialist roles such as Human Resource Management, Marketing, and Financial Services.

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 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 – 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 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

Core Units

Year 1 (HNC) Year 2 (HND)
Business Accounting Behavioural Skills for Business
Business Graded Unit 1 Business Contractual Relationships
Communication: Business Communication Business Culture and Strategy
Economic Issues: An Introduction Business Law: An Introduction
IT in Business: Spreadsheets Business Graded Unit 2
IT: Applications Software 1 Economics 1: Micro and Macro Theory and Application
Managing People and Organisations Economics 2: The World Economy
Marketing: An Introduction Information and Communication Technology in Business
Preparing Financial Forecasts
Statistics for Business

Optional Units

Year 1 (HNC) Year 2 (HND)
Business Law: An Introduction Statistics for Business
Creating a Culture of Customer Care Global Business Organisations
Human Resource Management: Introduction Human Resource Management: Introduction
International Business Environment: Geographical Influences
International Purchasing and Supply
Management: Developing Self-Management Skills


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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