HND Business with Marketing (Fixed Framework)

HND Business with Marketing (Fixed Framework)

Higher National qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical business knowledge that employers need. They allow advanced entry to universities internationally.

All in a global context, the HND in Business with Marketing (SCQF level 8) provides current insight into the main aspects of international business, management and administration, while enabling students to specialise in marketing. It includes marketing planning, marketing research, managing the dynamic nature of the marketing environment, and implementing marketing plans.

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 Business with Marketing 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 marketing management or in general business/management

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 Business with Marketing can provide advanced entry to degree-level study or a Masters degree programme. 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?

Qualification Structure

HND Business with Marketing

Group Award code: GE80 16 (240 SCQF credit points)

HND Business with Marketing at SCQF level 8 consists of 24 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 (1.55 MB)