Business HND

UCAS code 101N

What is special about this course?

The HND Business will give you an excellent introduction to a wide range of business and management skills.

You will gain a range of knowledge and understanding that is highly sought-after by employers, including: marketing; economics; ICT; communication; business accounting; management; business culture; business law; business behaviours; and skills and statistics.

The diverse nature of the course will ensure that you are equipped with the knowledge to start your own business, undertake a variety of business-related job roles or progress onto further studies.

Special features

  • You can study full-time, part-time or flexibly to suit your personal and professional circumstances*
  • The course is available to study at a number of UHI campuses
  • You can progress to further study on a range of degree courses

*The modes of study available vary depending on which UHI College you are applying to study with


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A Levels at grade D or above
  • Direct entry to year 2 may be possible with a recent HNC Business qualification
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above may still be eligible for a place on year 1 of the course dependent upon previous work experience/study

Year 1 - HNC

Year 1 of this course is HNC Business.

Year 2 - HND

Mandatory units are:

  • Behavioural skills for business
  • Business contractual relationships
  • Business culture and strategy
  • Business law: an introduction
  • Economics 1: micro and macro theory and application
  • Economics 2: the world economy
  • Graded Unit 2: business
  • Information and communication technology in business
  • Preparing financial forecasts
  • Statistics for business

Optional units may include:

  • Developing entrepreneurial skills
  • Digital marketing communications: an introduction
  • International marketing: an introduction
  • Presentation skills
  • Research skills
  • Work experience
  • Visual communication

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We continue to review government guidance and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will mainly be delivered mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus attendance and placements will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be considered.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time attendance (structured)
  • Part-time attendance (unstructured)
  • You will study by way of classroom-based lectures and tutorials in college
  • You will be assessed by way of continuous assessment and two graded assessments

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 2 years (HNC + HND)
  • Part-time (structured): 4 years (HNC + HND)
  • Part-time (unstructured): Variable (HNC + HND)

Where can I study my course?

  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • Perth College UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Note: The Scottish Government set this fee which has not yet been confirmed for 2021-22 so may be subject to change.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,915
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £461

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £7,020 £7,230
Part-time (per HN credit) £468 £482

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your course you will be qualified to take up a variety of posts in administration, business and management, or self-employment.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the third year of the BA (Hons) Business and Management degree.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Business HND

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.