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Course summary

The HNC in Business is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and fundamental skills to navigate the highly competitive and ever-changing business industry. The course is designed to help you develop the essential knowledge and skills needed to succeed within the business sector, while also giving broader insight into specialist areas including marketing, communications and human resources. You will gain insight into the different factors that influence modern-day businesses as well as the structures and strategies adopted by organisations to develop, grow and succeed. Aims and objectives

  • Develop knowledge and skills required for employment in a business environment.
  • Acquire skills and knowledge in key business functions such as Management, Marketing, and Finance as well as developing knowledge and skills in Economics, Communication, Problem Solving and the influence of technology on the business environment and businesses themselves.
  • Provide a grounding for students looking to start up their own business by integrating a Business Fundamentals unit while exploring emerging digital business models and getting an introduction to accounting.
  • Develop study and research skills.
  • Develop transferable skills including Core Skills to the levels demanded by employers.
With business roles being in high demand, particularly within the UK, studying on the Business course will provide a pathway into the industry for ambitious and committed individuals. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur, looking to refresh your skills and knowledge or are simply seeking a change in career, our business course is available to you. The HNC in Business is the first year of the 2-year HND course; successful completion of the HNC in Business allows you to progress to the HND in Business. Alternatively, the College has an agreement in place with Abertay University which allows you to progress to year 2 of a related degree programme, after successfully completing the HNC. Visit for more information. Professional recognition The Chartered Institute of Bankers for Scotland currently accept holders of the HNC and HND directly into their higher level qualification leading to MCIBS (Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland). Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) As of the 1st October 2020 CIMA accredited programmes will be given exemptions in line with the new global CIMA accreditation policy.


Economic Issues: An Introduction Business Law: An Introduction Communications: Business Communication Business Fundamentals with Emergent Technologies Business Contractual Relationships Managing People and Organisations Accounting for Business: An Introduction Marketing: An Introduction Business Graded Unit 1

Assessment method

Theory and practice are taught through a variety of innovative learning methods and opportunities. Assessment will be through report, essays and case studies as well as presentations, group assessments and projects. The HNC includes a Graded Unit, which is a project in the form of a practical assignment. It is designed to assess your ability to retain and integrate the knowledge and skills gained in the award and also to grade your achievement. There are three grades: A — if you achieve 70% or over B — if you achieve between 60% and 69% C — if you achieve between 50% and 59%.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who do not meet the formal entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be invited to attend an interview.

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5Minimum of 5.0 in sub-components reading, listening and speaking. And 6.0 in writing

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6750 Year 1
International £6750 Year 1
England £4500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4500 Year 1
Wales £4500 Year 1
Channel Islands £4500 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £4500 Year 1
Scotland £1205 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Applicants can apply for UK government loans and funding. Bursaries & Scholarships of up to £3,000 are available.

Business at Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education - UCAS