HND Supply Chain Management (Fixed Framework)

HND Supply Chain Management (Fixed Framework)

Higher National qualifications provide skills and knowledge employers need. They allow advanced university entry internationally.

Set in a global context, the HND in Supply Chain Management (SCQF level 8) covers the management and control of all materials and information in the logistics process from the acquisition of raw materials to delivery to the end-user. Students will also develop good interpersonal skills which are required to work with people at all levels within organisations.

This qualification is available through a growing number of colleges and universities around the world. Typically, an HND takes two years to complete.

Why deliver this qualification

Higher National qualifications have been developed by SQA in partnership with colleges, universities and industry — so employers recognise that they provide sound evidence of ability.

The Unit-based structure supports flexible delivery. A Unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

Who does this qualification suit

The HND Supply Chain Management is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • people who wish to start their own business
  • those who wish to pursue a career in supply chain management and logistics

Entry requirements

As with all SQA qualifications, entry is decided by the college or learning provider. As a guide, the college or learning provider will look for:

  • school-leaving qualifications equivalent to QCF level 3/ SCQF level 6 meaning the student has the ability to study at the higher level
  • a centre-devised test which shows the student’s ability to study at HND level
  • relevant work experience


The HND in Supply Chain Management can provide advanced entry to degree-level study.

For further information please refer to the SQA Diploma to Degree agreements.


Centre and subject approvals are required as outlined here: Approvals Process

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence.

How to assess

Each individual Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for each Unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.


Where can you take this course?


HND Supply Chain Management

Group Award code: GG2J 16 (240 SCQF credit points)

HND Supply Chain Management at SCQF level 8 consists of 23 mandatory Units.

Course Tutor Guide (including Course Framework)

For further information on the structure and Units for this course please refer to the Course Tutor Guide (660 KB)