HNC/HND Financial Services

The HNC and HND Financial Services awards will allow the candidate to develop a range of vocational skills specific to the financial services industry.

They will develop a broad-based range of vocational skills in relation to, for example, communication, customer service and the use of information technology.

The Higher National Diploma in Financial Services prepares candidates for employment in the financial services industry at management trainee levels and allows them to develop options to permit an element of vocational specialisation in relation to investment, insurance, pensions and regulation with an understanding of complex issues relating to the financial services industry.

Candidate Information

Career and Employment Information

Candidates completing the Certificate would normally expect to begin employment within an administrative, clerical, sales or technical support role in the industry. Candidates completing the Diploma may expect the same but it is likely that they would be considered suitable for Management Trainee programmes.

The industry offers employment opportunities in a wide range of areas:

  • Banking
  • Building societies
  • Pension funds
  • Investment companies
  • Insurance Unit trusts
  • Stock market operations

Within each area of the industry there are wide variations in the type of specialisations that candidates may aspire to. In the banking industry this may include:

  • Branch operations
  • Personal or commercial lending
  • Investment advice
  • Product sales
  • Treasury management
  • Mortgage lending

It is anticipated that candidates will be able to progress smoothly to professional qualifications such as the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland Associateship; Financial Planning Certificates and Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice; and occupational Scottish Vocational Qualifications.

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Qualification content and delivery tools


Arrangements Documents

Title Code Date Download
HNC and HND Financial Services GE9T 15 and GE9V 16 Version 06 (June 2016) HNC and HND Financial Services Arrangements Document

Assessment Exemplars/Assessment Support Packs

Internal Assessment Reports

Guidance on updating Units with Tax Content

Error Tolerance Guidance for HN Accounting Units


These Group Awards have been replaced by GE9T 15 and GE9V 16 with G7D7 15 and G7DC 16 finishing 31/07/2014.

Centres should note that when a Group Award is entered into its lapsing period, the following will apply:

  • the Group Award will be deleted from the relevant catalogue
  • the Group Award Arrangement document will remain until the qualification reaches its finish date at which point it will be removed form SQA website and archived
  • no new centres may be approved to offer the Group Award
  • centres should only enter candidates whom they expect to complete the Group Award during the defined lapsing period of 3 years for HNC and 4 years for HND. 

Arrangements Documents

Title Code Date Download
HNC and HND Financial Services G7D7 15 and G7DC 16 Version 08 (July 2011) HNC and HND Financial Services Arrangements Document

Assessment Exemplars

Credit transfer

QST Minutes

Resources Available

Training Presentations

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