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HNC in Human Resource Management

The HNC in Human Resource Management is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and fundamental skills to navigate the highly competitive and ever-changing business industry.

  • Tuition fees: £1,205 - £8,100
  • Programme level: SCQF Level 7
  • UCAS code: ALM4
  • Start date: September or January
  • Study mode: Full-time, Part-time
  • Duration: 1 year

What will I study?

The HNC in Human Resource Management (HRM) is the first year of a 2-year programme, comprised of study at HNC level during the first year with progression to HND in the second.

It 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 human resource management, 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 the HNC in HRM will provide a pathway into the industry for ambitious and committed students.

Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur, have interest in management, looking to refresh your skills and knowledge or are simply seeking a change in career, our Business courses are for you. 

All teaching for this programme will be delivered in person, on campus. Classes will not be delivered online. 


What will I learn?

  • Develop knowledge and skills required for employment in a business environment
  • Acquire skills and knowledge in key business functions such as Management, Marketing, and Recruitment and Selection as well as developing knowledge and skills in Interviewing Skills and Practice, 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 Employment Relations: Law and Practice 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

Programme information

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) represents over 145,000 members both in the UK and abroad and has established itself as a key policy influencer and voice for the profession.

CIPD qualifications are regarded as the standard for the industry and the CIPD accredits and delivers CIPD awards across the UK and beyond.

Students who complete the HNC/D in Human Resource Management can apply on an individual basis requesting exemption for particular subjects on the basis of the units successfully achieved in the HNC/D.

Entry requirements

  • 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 and may be asked to attend an interview. 

This programme may be suitable if you are:

  • A school leaver
  • An adult returner to education
  • Have relevant work experience, but no formal qualifications

English Language requirements 

Teaching takes place solely in English and you must demonstrate that their English language proficiency is at a level that will allow you to follow your intended programme successfully.

If English is not your first language you must hold a qualification as evidence of your English language skills. Full details of the qualifications we accept, can be found here.

Student Visa requirements for study in the UK

The UK Government approves certain English language qualifications as being Secure English Language Tests (SELT). These meet the government’s requirements for visa applications.

Al-Maktoum College will accept the following:

  • IELTS – 6.0 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component and 6.0 in writing) or equivalent
  • LanguageCert – B2 or equivalent

Full entry requirement information can be found here

Successful completion of year 1 (HNC) will allow you to progress onto the HND (year 2).

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 HNC and HND in HRM prepares you for entry to a wide range of positions in employment. Below are 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


  • You will have 12 hours of class time per week with an additional 12 hours of independent study expected
  • Classes will be in the form of lectures and small group tutorials
  • All teaching for this programme will be delivered in person, on campus. Classes will not be delivered online.


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

The HNC 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 — if you achieve 70% or over

B — if you achieve between 60% and 69%

C — if you achieve between 50% and 59%.

Applications to the HNC/D in Business, HNC/D in HRM or the HNC/Diploma in Management & Leadership may apply directly using the College online application system or may also be submitted through UCAS.

UCAS decisions will be made directly through the Track function, however we my contact you to provide further information or to invite you to a short informal interview.

For the direct application, please make sure you have the following information:

  • Academic transcripts and qualification certificates
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if required)
  • Passport details
  • Referee details

We consider all aspects of the application: academic qualifications, personal statement and references.

If you have any questions, please contact

Unit information

Human Resource Management: Introduction

This introductory unit is intended for students who plan to pursue an extended course of study in Human Resource Management (HRM), or who are considering a career in this discipline. It is also suitable if you wish to gain a holistic overview of how human resource management can add value to an organisation. It is designed to develop knowledge of the role of human resource management as a key function within organisations and to develop an understanding of the factors of change that have shaped and continue to influence the discipline of human resource management.

Individual Employment Relations: Law and Practice

This unit is designed to provide you with knowledge of the main principles of employment law and to develop knowledge and understanding of the operational context of its application in the workplace. In addition to understanding the application of current law, the unit allows you to develop awareness of the context of employment practice and identify key issues impacting upon the employment relationship.

Interviewing: Skills and Practice

This unit is designed to enable you to apply the knowledge, skills and practice required to conduct effective interviews in a range of contexts. It is aimed at students who have current experience of working in a position with human resource management responsibilities or who are returning to human resource management after a break. It is also suitable for those who do not presently have current human resource management experience but have aspirations of taking up a human resource management role in the future or to successfully conduct interviews in another work place role. Successful completion of this unit will provide a foundation for further human resource management units at more advanced SCQF levels.

Human Resource Management: The Business Context

This unit is designed to enable you to develop knowledge of different types of business; key economic sectors; business objectives and how they impact on the Human Resource Management (HRM) function. It is also designed to enable you  develop knowledge of internal and external factors affecting HRM and how HR may support your organisational activities and objectives.

CPD: Professional Practice

The aim of this unit is to equip you with an understanding of Continuous Professional Development and the necessary CPD skills and techniques to help develop your own professional practice. It will enable you to assess your own strengths, identify, implement and review your own Continuous Professional Development Plan.

Recruitment, Selection & Induction

This unit is designed to provide an introduction to the recruitment, selection and induction process. It will provide you with the knowledge and skills to enable you to effectively contribute to each stage of the process.

Human Resource Management: Graded Unit 1

This unit is a closed-book examination to assess a range of knowledge and skills achieved through study of the mandatory units.

Presentation Skills

This unit is designed to develop the skills required for the advanced use of presentation software, including a range of multi-media, and to apply these skills to deliver effective presentations. It would be suitable for learners involved in preparing and delivering presentations for business, vocational or social purposes.

Managing People and Organisations

This unit is designed to enable you to gain an understanding of different approaches to managing an organisation in today’s dynamic and complex business environment. It will introduce you — whether intending to or working in an administrative, commercial or management role — to current management theories and practice to enable you to use these to evaluate organisational effectiveness.

IT in Business Spreadsheets

This unit is designed to allow learners to develop an understanding of spreadsheet design and how to use spreadsheet features and functions for practical and effective use in a business environment. Learners will develop knowledge and skills to allow them to create customised solutions to common business problems and scenarios. The unit is relevant to learners wishing to develop their competence in the use of spreadsheets in the workplace, or who wish to develop knowledge in skills in the application of spreadsheets more generally.

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