HNC Facilities Management

HNC Facilities Management

Higher National qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the needs of employers. The HNC in Facilities Management (SCQF level 7) develops knowledge and skills of the modern Facilities Management industry including both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ services, and is aimed at those in supervisory and management roles or aspiring managers within the wider realm of Facilities Services.

This qualification covers areas such as support services, managing stakeholder delivery, health and safety, sustainability, people management, project management, financial management, and facilities management strategy. It is aimed at those in supervisory and management roles or aspiring managers within the wider realm of Facilities Services

This qualification is available through colleges. 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 Facilities Management is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • people who wish to start their own business

The HNC has been designed primarily for workplace delivery, building on and developing real life examples of Facilities Management to allow learners to relate their knowledge and skills to actual industry practice.


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

  • any relevant Group Award at SCQF level 6
  • any two National Qualifications at SCQF level 6 together with three Standard Grade / National passes at SCQF Level 5
  • 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.


HNCs and HNDs can provide progression to degree-level study. The HNC in Facilities Management may allow direct entry into the second year of some degree programmes.

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

  • SVQ Facilities Services at SCQF Level 5
  • SVQ Facilities Management at SCQF Level 7


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

Centres without devolved authority must 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 unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification Structure

HNC Facilities Management

Group Award code: GM2A 15  (96 SCQF credit points)

HNC Facilities Management at SCQF level 7 consists of 10 mandatory Units (96 SCQF credit points) and additional optional Units.

Group Award Specification