HND Global Trade and Business (Fixed Framework)

HND Global Trade and Business (Fixed Framework)

Higher National qualifications provide skills and knowledge employers need. They allow advanced university entry internationally.

The HND in Global Trade and Business (SCQF level 8) provides current insight and skills to the main aspects of international business.
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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Alternative assessment guidance 2021-22

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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.

All in a global context, the HND covers Accounting, Communication, Business Law, Economics, IT, Managing people, Marketing, Finance, International Distribution and Business Culture & Strategy.

Who does this qualification suit

The HND Global Trade and Business 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, 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

Progression and employment

The HND in Global Trade and Business can provide advanced entry to degree-level study. Details of current formal 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 Global Trade and Business

Group Award code: GG5F 16 (240 SCQF credit points)

HND Global Trade and Business at SCQF level 8 consists of 23 mandatory 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 (1.48 MB)

Guidance on updating Units with Tax Content

Error Tolerance Guidance for HN Accounting Units