Course Outline:

Administrative, support and business services are predicted growth areas for employment in Lanarkshire over the next four years. This second year of this course is a progression from the HNC and can help you into a career in business, HR, marketing, operations, accounting or economics, including direct entry to third year of a relevant degree at university.

This course will start in August 2022.

Education Progression:

Direct entry (at the discretion of the university) to third year of a BA (Hons) degree in a related subject, including Risk Management, Economics, Supply Chain Management, International Business.


Entry Requirements:

One or more of the following:

  • 1 Higher plus 3 National 5 awards
  • Relevant group of SQA National Qualifications at SCQF level 5/6
  • Direct entry to 2nd year requires an HNC in Business, with a minimum of 14 credits and an A/B in graded unit 1
  • Foundation apprenticeship in a relevant subject
  • Equivalent recognised qualification
  • Relevant work experience
  • A keen interest in the subject area
  • If English is not your first language, ESOL at an appropriate level or IELTS or equivalent with an entry score of 5.5 or above

Acceptance may depend on an interview.

Course Type and Length Options

Mode Length
Full-time 2 years

Career Progression:

This course leads to jobs including:

  • Administrative officer/supervisor
  • Assistant manager/business manager/trainee manager/team leader.

Other Information:

The Chartered Institute of Bankers for Scotland will accept holders of HND directly into their higher level qualifications (Chartered Banker) which leads to MCIBS (Member of Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland).

Candidates completing the HND in Business are guaranteed Associate Grade of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for anyone wanting to develop their career in business or marketing. It will suit school leavers or those looking to change career or take their first steps into the industry.

What will I study?

You’ll learn about the business environment through subjects including the world economy, business statistics, culture and strategy, human resources, digital marketing, sustainable development, project management and emergent technologies. You’ll learn through work placement, groupwork, lectures, industry visits and guest speakers.

How will I be assessed?

Ongoing assessment through a range of practical activities, candidate folios, self-evaluation, planning and review using secure SQA assessment support packs, plus an end-of-term closed-book graded unit assessment in year 1

Why should I choose this course?

This course will allow you to progress into the third year of degree study or into employment in areas such as marketing, human resources, accounting, operations management and business development. The skills and knowledge you learn on the course are supplemented by site visits, and the chance to learn from guest speakers. Our experienced lecturers will ensure you have the best possible chance of success in your chosen career. To find out more about why you should study at SLC, click here.

What are the tnterview arrangements?

First year students only or if transferring from another college: group information session followed by one-to-one interview.