HNC Rural Business Management

HNC Rural Business Management

Higher National qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the needs of employers.

This qualification covers areas such as rural land use, business management, human resource management, marketing, customer care and financial record keeping.

This qualification is available through colleges and training providers. Typically, an HNC takes one year 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 flexibility. A Unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

There is a wide choice of optional Units which will enable centres to offer courses tailored to meet local needs.

This HN provides progression routes to further study (see Progression).

Who does this qualification suit

The HNC Rural 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

Access

As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • appropriate groupings of National Units
  • an SVQ at Level 2 or 3 in a relevant area
  • relevant work experience

Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, vocational qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may also be acceptable.

Progression

Learners who achieve an HNC Rural Business Management can progress to the HND in Rural Business Management (G99N 16).

HNCs and HNDs can provide progression to degree-level study. For example, the HNC in Rural Business Management allows direct entry into the second year of most degree programmes, and the HND in Rural Business Management allows direct entry to most third-year programmes.

Higher National qualifications also provide the knowledge and understanding required for related Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs). For example:

  • SVQ in Estate Management at SCQF Level 6

Approval

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority require to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

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

HNC Rural Business Management

Group Award code: G99F 15 (96 SCQF credit points)

HNC Rural Business Management at SCQF level 7 consists of 10 mandatory Units (80 SCQF credit points) and 2 optional Units (16 SCQF credit points).

Group Award Specification

Title: HNC Rural Business Management
Code: G99F 15
Date: Version 13 (July 2019)
Download: HNC Rural Business Management Arrangements Document