Higher National Certificate in Business


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The HNC (Higher National Certificate) in Business covers a range of subject topics which are relevant to modern business practices and to university degree programmes. This will facilitate your entry to and development within the world of business. It also enables you to acquire skills and knowledge in key business functions such as Management, Marketing, and Finance as well as helping you enhance relevant knowledge and skills in Economics, Communication, Problem Solving and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

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Aims of the HNC

The specific aims of HNC Business are to:

  • enable candidates to enter a range of administrative, commercial or managerial positions in organisations
  • develop suitable competencies to enhance an administrative, commercial or managerial career on which they have already embarked
  • enable candidates to further professional, academic or vocational qualifications
  • develop candidate competencies in a range of specialised areas of their choice in line with their preferred career pattern
  • develop and enhance transferable skills
  • adopt an innovative and creative approach to their work and be able to respond quickly to the challenges posed by changes in the business environment
  • develop and apply a range of vocational knowledge and skills in an integrated manner to the analysis of business situations
  • develop a global understanding of business, marketing and consumer issues

Structure of the HNC

Candidates will be awarded an HNC (Higher National Certificate) in Business on successful completion of the following Units:

  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Marketing: An Introduction
  • Economic Issues: An Introduction
  • Business Accounting
  • Communication: Analysing and Presenting Complex Communication
  • IT in Business: Spreadsheets
  • IT: Applications Software 1
  • Business Graded Unit 1
  • Business Culture and Strategy

How the course is delivered

The HNC is delivered via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which provides access to case studies, learning materials and activities, presentations, and web links. Online tutor support and guidance is provided throughout the course, where learners can interact with the tutors, get feedback on their progress and submit their work electronically. This helps you to build relevant skills progressively, as you receive feedback and support from your tutor. As the course is delivered online, this enables you to learn any time, any place through immediate access to the VLE.


Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded an HNC (Higher National Certificate) by SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority).

About SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority)

SQA is Scotland’s national body for qualifications. They are a world leader in education and training and are accountable to the Scottish Government for the work they do, and they work on educational projects with governments throughout the world.
SQA provides high-quality, relevant and flexible qualifications and assessments, embedding and instilling industry standards. There’s no better set of qualifications for up-skilling a workforce, or for progressing in a career and education.

Gaining entry to University

Articulation arrangements exist between a number of UK Universities where students who have completed their HNC will be able to apply to university for entry into year 2 of an undergraduate Honours degree programme. Depending on the specific degree programme, certain Units may be required as part of the HNC course content.
Successful completion of HNC will enable you to ‘top-up’ to the HND qualification.

Professional Body Memberships

The Chartered Institute of Bankers for Scotland will accept holders of HNC directly into their higher level qualification. This is now called Chartered Banker and leads to MCIBS (Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland).

Entry requirements

An appropriate level of skill in English language. International learners will be required to have ILETS 5.5 or equivalent.

Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, Vocational Qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may be acceptable, as would suitable industry standard qualifications at an appropriate level.

Mature candidates with suitable work experience may be accepted for entry if they are likely to benefit from undertaking the qualification.

In addition, candidates should possess good communication and analytical skills, along with a desire to attain the professional and personal requirements of an operational or senior manager.


You will be assessed throughout the HNC qualification on a Unit by Unit basis, with assessments taking the form of practical assignments, examinations and case studies.


10% discount for 10 or more users purchased. For purchases of 50 users or more phone 0844 854 9218 to find out if larger discounts are available.

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