HNC in Business
Suitable for: HNC fits into the NQF at level 7
To take into account
It is recommended that you have studied and achieved passes as follows: • Level 3 NVQ (GNVQ or GSVQ) • A programme of national units related to the course you want to study • 2 AS Levels or Scottish Higher Grades • An equivalent qualification or training certificate acceptable as evidence of prior learning
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HNC in Business- SQA
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The Higher National Certificate and the Higher National Diploma are nationally recognised qualifications specially designed to meet the needs of employers, so they are a valuable qualification to earn if you want to significantly improve your job and career prospects.
HNCs and HNDs fit into the National Qualifications Framework at level 7, which is about the same level as the first year of a college or university programme, and level 8, which is about the same level as the second year at Uni. They are also broadly comparable with vocational qualifications (VQ's) at levels 4 and 5.
How do they work?
Each course is made up of a number of study units, covering both general and specialised areas of knowledge, A study unit carries either one or two credits.
Earn credits and recognition as you progress through each unit.
DCA and the SQA have structured the learning so that, at the successful completion of each unit, your work will be assessed and a credit will be awarded to you. So, each time you make progress, your ability and self worth will improve.
Study at your own pace and earn as you learn.
An HNC is made up of 12 credits and would take about a year to complete. An HND is made up of 30 credits and would take about two years to complete. Depending on how many study hours you have available the part-time distance learning courses can be completed in approximately the same timeframe. However, don't worry. There's no pressure or timetable and no classes to attend. You have the flexibility to study anywhere and in your own time. You can continue with your present job to earn while you learn!
Flexibility and choice.
Each course consists of mandatory credits, Please look at the listing for each qualification later in this section to see what subject areas are covered.
What you can do with an HNC or HND
As already mentioned, because HNCs and HNDs were developed with employers and industry in mind, they are an excellent way to improve your job prospects and increase your earning potential. Research has shown that people with a qualification at this level typically earn up to double than those without.
In addition, because HNCs and HNDs are part of the National Qualifications Framework and recognised in the National Qualifications Authority, they may, in some cases also allow you entry into more advanced study at college and university in the second or final year. The credits you earn really add up and tell the world you are an achiever!
HNC in Business Course Outline
Higher National Certificate in Business
First year of Higher National Diploma in:
- Human resources
- Information technology
Content of Module 1
Module 1 consists of 2 SQA units each bearing 1 credit.
Unit 1: Communication: Analysing and Presenting Complex
This unit is about responding to and presenting complex business
communication. The main skills the unit covers are:
- Analysing complex written business information
- Producing complex written business documents
- Organising and participating in formal meetings.
Unit 2: Information technology applications
This unit is about using a computer system to run applications software.
The main skills the unit covers are:
- using an operating environment to manage applications
- producing formatted documents
- modelling prescribed situations
- storing and retrieving information.
Content of Module 2
Module 2 consists of 2 SQA units; the first bears 2 credits, the second bears 1 credit.
Unit 1: Managing People and Organisations
This unit is designed to enable you to gain an understanding of different approaches to managing an organisation in today's dynamic and complex business environment. It will introduce you to current management theories to enable you to use these to evaluate organisational effectiveness.
When you have completed this unit, you will be able to:
- explain the nature of organisations.
- describe the factors that influence the motivation of both individuals and groups to perform
- effectively within the workplace
- explain the meaning of management and describe the main Activities associated with the role
- describe the different approaches to organising people within the workplace.
Unit 2: Marketing: An Introduction
This unit is designed to provide you with a basic knowledge and understanding of marketing and the operations of a marketing department within an organisation.
The main areas this unit deals with are:
- introduction to the concept of marketing
- the role of marketing in different types of organisations
- different types of marketing research
- why different types of marketing research are important to organisations.
Content of Module 3
Module 3 consists of 2 SQA units, each bearing 1 credit.
Unit 1: Economic Issues: An Introduction
This unit introduces you to some basic issues in economics with particular emphasis on the business environment.
The unit covers:
- the basic economic problem (i.e. the allocation of resources)
- how consumers and other economic agents address this problem
- how markets operate and what can be done when the operation of these markets fail
- the theory of national income
- the role of government policy in the UK market.
Unit 2: Using Software Applications Packages
This unit is designed to enable candidates to use an IT system and software applications packages effectively and responsibly to process a range of types of data.
This unit covers:
- applying a range of skills using more than one software applications package
- how to integrate different types of data from more than one application
- how to carry out searches in order to extract and present relevant information from electronic data source
- using a range of software application packages effectively and responsibly.
Content of Module 4
Module 4 consists of 1 SQA unit which bears 2 credits.
Unit 1: Business Accounting
This unit is designed to provide candidates with an understanding of the
use of accounting information within a business organisation.
The unit covers:
- preparing basic financial and management accounting reports
- interpreting and using financial information for decision-making
- the users of financial information and the decisions for which they require this information.
- the various sources of finance available to an organisation.
- assessing the performance and financial position of a business.
Content of Module 5
Module 5 consists of 1 SQA unit which bears 2 credits, and a graded unit which bears 1 credit.
Unit 1: Business Culture and Strategy
This unit is designed to enhance your understanding of business
strategy and how it can be developed and managed within the culture of an organisation. It highlights the dynamic nature of the business environment and the role that business strategy and organisational culture can play in improving the long-term performance of an organisation.
The main areas covered in this unit are:
- the process by which management can assess the current relationship between the organisation and its external environment.
- the relationship between organisational culture and organisational behaviour
- the influence of business strategy on organisational behaviour
- how to manage a business strategy
- how to manage change within an organisation.
The graded unit will allow you to pick an area of interest in your work and put together a project which draws on all the ideas you have worked with over the five modules.
HNC in Business