HND Business Management

HND Business Management

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

The HND in Business Management (SCQF level 8) provides current insight into the main aspects of international business with a focus on business management and human resource management. It covers business culture and strategy, managing people in different sizes of organisations, marketing, economic issues, accounting, business law, and IT.

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 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

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 Management 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.

For advice on how to set up the HND Business Management course please contact the International team.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification structure

HND Business Management

Group Award code: GD09 16 (240 SCQF credit points).

HND Business Management at SCQF level 8 consists of 23 Units.

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