• HNC Business - Places Available

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    From 28 Aug 2017

  • Campus Availability

    Kilmarnock, Ayr, Kilwinning

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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 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.

This course will give you the practical skills and knowledge you’ll need to work successfully in business, along with a general understanding of how businesses operate - including HR, marketing, customer care, IT and finance.

If you’ve got aspirations for a career in business, then this course can help you on your way.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in working in the business world
  • A minimum of 1 Higher and ideally proven level English or Maths at SCQF 5/6, although we’ll consider a relevant group of NQ Units and SCQF Level 6
  • An interview with us

If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have previous employment, practical or life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

Firstly, you’ll look at managing people and organisations, and explore management theories.

You’ll look at the important role of marketing in an organisation, and learn about marketing practice.

You’ll learn about economics issues, and how they impact on the business environment. You’ll look at how markets operate, national income and the role of government policy in the UK market. You’ll also become highly proficient in IT.

You’ll look at business communication and learn to produce high quality, complex business documents, and develop skills for performing effectively at meetings or presentations.

You’ll explore good customer care and the importance of a clear strategy. You’ll learn about meeting customer expectations, dealing with customer care problems, aftercare, obtaining customer feedback and continuous improvement. On the financial side, you’ll develop skills in business accounting.

You’ll look at law within business, including Scots Law, consumer legislation, law in employment and the Law of Obligations in contracts between a business and their customers and staff.

Finally, you’ll have the chance to:

  • 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 Level 8 course such as HND Business
    • Moving onto a degree course at university, via our articulation arrangements
    • 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.

    Start Date

    28 Aug 2017



    Apply now

    Start Date

    28 Aug 2017



    Apply now

    Start Date

    28 Aug 2017



    Apply now