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HNC in Business - Year 1

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Course Description

The Higher National Certificate in Business is ideal if you are seeking a higher education qualification or training in the world of business. The course aims to provide focus on providing a range of careers in business, such as Marketing, Human resources, Management and Finance. You will gain a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required to progress into employment or continued undergraduate studies.


JOHN HEUSTON: John has over twenty years' experience teaching business, during which time he has delivered classes at Level 1, 2, 3, HND and professional postgraduate level, in Scotland and in France and guest sessions in the US and Denmark. Many former students are now in director positions throughout the world.

John has been involved in a number of businesses, from start-up to growth, as well as providing consulting services to many others. including The Wise Group, SEPA and a number of art galleries. He has spent time studying at the prestigious Babson College in Boston, USA, the number one college in the world for entrepreneurship.

John enjoys teaching marketing, social media and entrepreneurship in particular. A Fellow of the Saltire Foundation, the Royal Society of the Arts and the Chartered Management Institute, John speaks French and Italian and enjoys football and writing


HNC in Business

Entry Requirements

80 UCAS tariff points which could include:

  • 1 or more A Level
  • BTEC Level 3
  • NVQ Level 3
  • VRQ Level 3

Access programme.

GCSE English and maths at Grade C/4 or above.

Mature students can apply with no formal qualifications but must have a minimum of three years relevant industry experience.


The units offered cover a range of business-related skills the core units studied are:

  • Business Environment
  • Marketing Essentials
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management and Operations
  • Management Accounting
  • Managing a Successful Business Project

In addition to the core units the course will also include two optional units.

Work Experience


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