HND Business with Information Technology (Fixed Framework)

HND Business with Information Technology (Fixed Framework)

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

Set in a global context, the HND in Business with Information Technology (SCQF level 8) integrates business management and information technology to provide students with an understanding of information technology and practices within a changing business environment. It includes business information processing, presentation and management skills, problem solving, information and communication technology, and interpersonal skills.

This qualification is available through a growing number of colleges and universities around the world. Typically, an HND takes two years to complete.


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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 with Information Technology is suitable for a wide range of students 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 administration with information technology or in general business/management

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
  • experience in the use of IT applications software


The HND in Business with Information Technology 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?

Qualification Structure

HND Business with Information Technology Group Award code: GE81 16 (240 SCQF credit points)

HND Business with Information Technology Business with Information Technology at SCQF level 8 consists of 25 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)

Guidance on updating Units with Tax Content

Error Tolerance Guidance for HN Accounting Units