SQA Advanced Diploma in Financial and Business Management

SQA Advanced Diploma in Financial and Business Management

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Financial and Business Management (SCQF level 8) provides current insight and skills in the main aspects of accounting and business.

It covers areas such as financial and management accounting, marketing, economics, and research skills.

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

Why deliver this qualification

SQA Advanced Diplomas have been developed by SQA in partnership with colleges, universities, and industry — so employers recognise that they provide sound evidence of ability.

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Financial and Business Management is based on employer needs — established through a robust consultation and validation process. The qualification therefore provides the skills required by industry and business.

Achievement is certificated and nationally recognised.

The qualification can be delivered on a part-time or open-learning basis.

The unit-based structure supports flexible delivery. A unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

The SQA Advanced Diploma provides progression routes to further study (see Progression).

Who does this qualification suit

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Financial and 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
  • those who wish to pursue a career in financial or general business management

Entry requirements

As with all SQA qualifications, entry is decided by the centre. As a guide, the learning provider will look for:

  • school-leaving qualifications equivalent to RQF/CQFW level 3/SCQF level 6 — meaning that the student has the ability to study at SQA Advanced Diploma level
  • a centre-devised test which shows the student’s ability to study at SQA Advanced Diploma level
  • relevant work experience

Progression

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Financial and Business Management can provide advanced entry to degree-level study. For further information, please refer to the SQA university agreements.

Offer this qualification

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 unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for the unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Assessment support packs are available for this qualification.

Qualification structure

SQA Advanced Diploma: Financial and Business Management

Group award code: GP3H 48 (240 SCQF credit points).

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Financial and Business Management at SCQF level 8 consists of 22 mandatory units.

Course tutor guide (including course framework)

For further information on the structure and units for this qualification, please refer to the course tutor guide.

Unit specifications

Support materials

ASPs (assessment support packs) are available from SQA’s secure site:

HP04 47/ASP001

Recording Financial Information

HP04 47/ASP002

Recording Financial Information

HP05 48/AEX001

Management Accounting for Decision Making

HP08 48/AEX001

Financial Reporting and Analysis

HP5H 47/AEX001

Cost Accounting

HP6M 47/AEX001

Personal Development Planning

HP6N 47/AEX002

Marketing: An Introduction

HP6N 47/ASP003

Marketing: An Introduction

HP6R 48/AEX001

Business Culture and Strategy

HP6T 47/AEX001

Economic Issues: An Introduction

HP6T 47/AEX002

Economic Issues: An Introduction

HP6V 48/AEX001

Statistics for Business

Supplementary Files

HP6V 48/AEX002

Statistics for Business

Supplementary Files

HP71 47/AEX002

Managing People and Organisations

HP71 47/ASP003

Managing People and Organisations

HP75 47/ASP004

Communication: Business Communication

HP78 47/ASP001

IT in Business: Spreadsheets         

HP78 47/ASP001

IT in Business: Spreadsheets Supplementary File   

HP78 47/ASP001

IT in Business: Spreadsheets Solution

HR0Y 47/ASP001

Research Skills

HR10 47/AEX001

Using Financial Accounting Software

HR10 47/AEX002

Using Financial Accounting Software

HR11 47/AEX001

Management Accounting Using Information Technology

Supplementary Files

HR12 47/AEX001

Preparing Financial Statements

HR1H 48/ASP001

Management Accounting for Planning and Control

HR1M 48/AEX001

Accounting for Specialised Transactions

HT1T 47/AEX001

Financial and Business Management: Graded Unit 1

HT1T 47/AEX003

Financial and Business Management: Graded Unit 1

HT1T 47/ASP004

Financial and Business Management: Graded Unit 1

HT1V 48/AEX002

Financial and Business Management: Graded Unit 2

HT1V 48/ASP003

Financial and Business Management: Graded Unit 2

HT1V 48/ASP003

Financial and Business Management: Graded Unit 2

Solution: Sunchaser Holidays

HT1V 48/ASP004

Financial and Business Management: Graded Unit 2

HT1X 48/AEX001

Financial and Business Management: Graded Unit 3

HT1X 48/AEX002

Financial and Business Management: Graded Unit 3

J11S 48/ASP001

Business Taxation

Guidance documents