HND Human Resource Management candidate information

HND Human Resource Management

The HND Human Resource Management is a more complex award and will prepare you for employment at an appropriate level in the HRM field or progression to higher education/ professional qualifications by developing your underpinning knowledge of theoretical concepts. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of more complex HRM issues and be able to apply them in an organisation.

Mandatory Units include: Collective Employment Relations (Law); Applied Continuing Professional Development; Employee Resourcing and Talent Management; Research Methods in HRM; Finance; Learning and Development; Behavioural Skills for Business; and Business Culture and Strategy.

Optional Units include: Collective Employment Relations (Practice); HRM in the International Context; Performance Management; Employee Reward; IT skills; Presentation skills; e-learning;

You will also develop your self-management, planning, analysis, synthesis, study and research skills.

Employment and progression opportunities

With the HND, you should be able to apply for positions such as Human Resource Officer or Human Resource Adviser. Further study and experience in HR would open up routes to Human Resources Manager and HR Business Partner roles.

The HND should allow you to progress into the second or third year of degree-level study, however you should check the requirements with your centre.


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

  • Any relevant Scottish Group Award at SCQF level 5 (Intermediate 2) or SCQF level 6 (Higher)
  • Any two relevant National Courses at SCQF level 6 (Higher) together with three at SCQF level 5 (ie Standard Grades at level 3) or above
  • An SVQ in a relevant area at SCQF level 5 or 6

Also, access to this HND typically varies between a requirement to have a minimum of between 12 and 15 credits, usually including all of the HNC HRM mandatory Units.

However, if you have no qualifications but do have suitable experience and skills, you may be accepted if you are likely to benefit from undertaking this HND.