HNC/Diploma in Management & Leadership

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About this course


Effective managers are essential to the success of any business in today’s competitive economy. The HNC and Diploma in Management and Leadership are for existing managers or people aspiring to management positions.

The HNC and Diploma in Management and Leadership are recognised qualifications that are understood and respected by employers across many industry sectors. They develop a range of operational management and leadership competencies that are required by those engaged in, or aspiring to, managerial positions.

The HNC in Management and Leadership (SCQF level 7) covers management principles for those gaining their first experience of management or for those who aspire to become managers soon. Key areas covered: self-development; management and leadership skills; managing and working with others; planning/implementing change; managing operational resources; and customer care.

The Diploma in Management and Leadership (SCQF level 8) provides suitable competences for future career and personal development in middle/senior management duties including: using strategic management and leadership skills for longer-term direction of an organisation across a range of management functions; planning and implementing strategic change; management research; project management; and organisational risks.

The general aims for these awards are to:

  • Develop candidates’ knowledge and skills required for employment in a Management environment
  • Enable progression within the SCQF framework
  • Enable a sound articulation route to the Diploma in Management and Leadership and higher education
  • Prepare candidates for progression to further studies in Management or related subjects
  • Develop transferable skills to meet the requirements of employers


How will I study?

  • Full-time (30 hours per week over 2 semesters)
  • Part-time (daytime, evening and/or weekends)
  • Blended learning
  • You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, case studies, group work, projects and Virtual Learning Environments
  • You will be assessed using continuous assessment and exams

Who is it for?

  • School leavers
  • Adult returners to education
  • Those in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • Those who are, or wish to be, self-employed and require a broad grounding in business

Start date

September 2019

Core Units

Year 1 (HNC) Year 2 (HNC)
Management: Developing Self-Management Skills Management: Developing Self-Management Skills
Management: Leadership at Work Management: Develop Strategic Plans
Management: Plan, Lead and Implement Change Management: Strategic Change
Managing and Working with People Management Research
Manage Operational Resources
Creating a Culture of Customer Care
Management and Leadership: Graded Unit 1


Optional Units

Year 1 (HNC) Year 2 (HND)
Business Law Managing in a Global Environment
Marketing Organisational Innovation
Economics Statistics for Business
Managing Information Project Management: Managing Multiple Projects
Project Management
Leadership for Managers

Entry Requirements

Year 1 (HNC)

  • 2 Highers or equivalent and National 5 Maths or equivalent.
  • Relevant National Qualifications or National Qualification Group Awards at SCQF level 5 or 6
  • Relevant work experience

Year 2 (HND)

  • Successful completion of HNC Business and 2 Highers or equivalent
  • Applicants with no formal qualifications are encouraged to apply.

All applicants will be interviewed.

English Language requirements

  • GCSE English grade C or new grades 4-9
  • Standard Grade grades 1-3
  • National 5 grades A-C
  • IELTS – 6.0 (Minimum of 5.5 in each part and 6.0 in writing)

Course Length

Year 1 (HNC)

  • Full time – 1 year
  • Part time – up to 2 years

Year 2 (HND)

  • Full time – 1 year
  • Part-time – up to 2 years

Tuition Fees

Full fee tuition fee information can be found here

  • Scholarships available
  • Contact SAAS for loans and funding information