• HND Business

  • SCQF Level

    Level 8

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

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Good business and IT skills are needed in every type of industry and for all sizes of business - from small local firms to large multinationals, or public sector organisations such as the NHS and local councils. Our business courses will give you the right skills and knowledge to prepare you for a wide range of exciting careers - they’re relevant, practical and bang up to date with what businesses are looking for from new employees.

If you’ve got aspirations to work in a managerial role in business, then this course can help you achieve your goals.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • An HNC Business with a minimum of 15 credits
  • An interview with us

What's Involved

You’ll look at business strategy and culture and explore managerial behaviour.

You’ll look at key areas within Human Resource Management, including recruitment and selection, managing individual performance, training and development, grievance and disciplinary procedures, and how to motivate staff.

You’ll continue to develop your understanding of marketing, with the focus on international marketing. You’ll look at techniques for selecting international markets, learn how to access them and then produce your own marketing plan for a chosen international market.

You’ll build on your knowledge of economics and also explore the world economy and global economic environment, including international trade, the role of trade organisations and exchange rates.

You’ll continue to add to your ICT knowledge and learn about data communication systems, project management software and creating advanced presentations.

You’ll extend your financial knowledge, learning how to use management accounting in business and prepare financial forecasts and reports.

Finally, you’ll have the chance to:

  • Visit a Sheriff Court as part of your studies in Scots Law, and observe a real case
  • Work on real Case Studies for local businesses, such as a business plan involving conducting research, writing a report and presenting it to the client
  • Meet local business employers who’ll give you their top tips for successful interviews, tell you the skills they look for when recruiting new employees and explain what it’s really like starting up a new business
  • Take part in enterprising activities, such as raising funds for charity and good causes

Some students may also have the opportunity to:

  • Go on placements or volunteer to work on a real project for a local business
  • Secure part time or summer jobs via our links with local employers

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto a degree course at university, via our articulation arrangements, such as BA Human Resource Management at UWS (direct entry to year 3)
  • Seeking to start your career in business

Potential careers include:

  • HR assistant, marketing advisor, business advisor, customer services officer or a local government role
  • Setting up and running your own business


  • Find out what it’s really like - James Smith talks about his experience at Ayrshire College as an NC/HNC/HND Business student, including winning Student of the Year, and what he plans to do next. Click here to read his blog.

  • Go it alone – read about the ‘Pitches for Riches’ and ‘Bridge 2 Business’ programmes to help students start up their own business. Click here to read the Pitches to Riches blog.
  • Click here to read the Bridge 2 Business blog.

  • Women in business - Guest Speakers from top UK accountancy firm Deloitte, encourage women to achieve their career dreams. Click here to read.