HNC/HND in Business

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About this course


HNC and HND Business qualifications are designed for candidates who wish to pursue a career in business. Al-Maktoum College works closely with Universities to ensure you can progress to the course of your choice. There are a wide range of optional units to choose from including Arabic Language and/or Islamic Studies.

The HNC and HND in Business are designed to provide a broad understanding of business organisations and the environment in which they operate. Candidates who successfully complete these qualifications may go on to study further academic and professional qualifications or embark on an administrative, managerial or commercial career.

The HND has a strong managerial focus which helps successful candidates to progress to management roles. In addition, the wide range of options enables candidates to progress to specialist roles such as Human Resource Management, Marketing, and Financial Services.

The general aims for these awards are to:

Develop candidates’ knowledge and skills required for employment in a business environment

Enable progression within the SCQF framework
Develop study and research skills
Develop transferable skills including Core Skills to the levels demanded by employers
Enable a sound articulation route to the HND Business and higher education
Prepare candidates for progression to further studies

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

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.

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)

Start date


September 2019

Core Units


Year 1 (HNC) Year 2 (HND)
Business Accounting Behavioural Skills for Business
Business Graded Unit 1 Business Contractual Relationships
Communication: Business Communication Business Culture and Strategy
Economic Issues: An Introduction Business Law: An Introduction
IT in Business: Spreadsheets Business Graded Unit 2
IT: Applications Software 1 Economics 1: Micro and Macro Theory and Application
Managing People and Organisations Economics 2: The World Economy
Marketing: An Introduction Information and Communication Technology in Business
Preparing Financial Forecasts
Statistics for Business

Optional Units


Year 1 (HNC) Year 2 (HND)
Business Law: An Introduction Statistics for Business
Creating a Culture of Customer Care Global Business Organisations
Human Resource Management: Introduction Human Resource Management: Introduction
International Business Environment: Geographical Influences
International Purchasing and Supply
Management: Developing Self-Management Skills

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