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 also a wide range of optional units to choose from.

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


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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