HND Business (Fixed Framework)
Higher National qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical business knowledge that employers need. They allow advanced entry to universities internationally.
The HND in Business (SCQF level 8) covers the main aspects of international business including management, human resources, economics and administration. It will equip students with an awareness of key issues and practices within a changing business environment.
This qualification is available through a growing number of colleges and universities internationally. 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 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 a range of general business/management positions
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 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?
Group Award code: GE7X 16 (240 SCQF credit points)
HND Business 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 (1.56 MB) (1.56 MB)