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HND Business - GE7X 16

HND Business - GE7X 16

The SQA HND in Business provides an up-to-date insight into all aspects of business, management, human resources, economics and administration.

The SQA HND in Business is designed to provide you with theoretical business knowledge and practical skills an employer will expect you to have in a business environment.

The SQA HND in Business consists of a total of 30 Unit credits. Each Unit credit is designed to take about 40 hours teaching and learning (though it may take more or less time than this).

An SQA HND in Business can gain you entry into a two-year Masters degree programme in a university in the UK.

SQA's prestigious qualifications are recognised worldwide.


Course Tutor Guide (including Course Framework)

Title: HND Business
Code: GE7X 16
Download: HND Business Course Tutor Guide (including Qualification Framework)
Version Change August 2015

Unit Specifications

Version change

The following Unit has been updated to take account of the requirements of Financial Reporting Standard 102 (FRS 102):

Preparing Financial Forecasts (F84R 35)

Centres should download the current version.

Training and Developing the Workforce (A6HC 34) 

Unit Specification: A6HC 34

The Unit Training and Developing the Workforce (A6HC 34) has been revised by the Unit Continuous Workforce Development (HA13 34). Centres may continue to enter candidates on the Unit Training and Developing the Workforce (A6HC 34) but all candidates must have completed Training and Developing the Workforce (A6HC 34) and also submitted results for the Unit by no later than 31/7/17.

The Course Tutor Guides for frameworks containing this Unit will be updated and be available by August 2016. 

Business Contractual Relationships: F84N 34

Assessment Support Pack: F84N 34

The Assessment Support Pack for this Unit has been revised. Question 3 on page 18 has been amended for consistency with the relevant question in the solution on page 21. It is confirmed that this question concerns 'negligence in the workplace'.  The publication code for this revised Assessment Support Pack is F84N 34/CASP0001.

Business Contractual Relationships: F84N 34

Assessment Support Pack: F84N 34

The Assessment Support Pack for this Unit has been revised since its publication in August 2015 and is now available on the secure web pages for the relevant HN frameworks listing all Assessment Support Packs. It has been amended in line with the introduction of the new Consumer Rights Act 2015 which came into effect in Scotland in October 2015. The amendments made are relatively minor and therefore, do not warrant a change of Unit code or title.

It is anticipated that the introduction of the new Act could facilitate a smoother delivery of the Unit due to some of the existing legislation being incorporated into the one as well as the inclusion of some new areas not previously covered such as Digital content.

The publication code for this revised Assessment Support Pack is F84N 34/CASP0001

Unit Specification: F84N 34

As above, the Unit specification has also had minor amendments made with its replacement now also available on the secure web pages for the relevant HN frameworks it belongs to.

Please note references to the now out of date legislation in learning and delivery materials will only be accepted if the above Unit has been delivered prior to the introduction of the new Act in October 2015.

Care is to be taken to ensure the Assessment Support pack used corresponds to the Unit Specification in use at the time of the Unit delivery.

Version change-Unit Business Contractual Relationship F84N 34 has been updated (Minor amendments to Unit purpose,Title of Outcome 1 re-named,Minor corrections to Evidence Requirements of Outcome 1).Centres should download the current version (02).

Marketing: An Introduction F7BX 34

Assessment Support Pack: F7BX 34

Assessment Task 2 of the Assessment Support Pack for this Unit has been amended. Questions and solutions have been amended to ensure that all evidence requirements within the Unit specification are covered. This is now available on the secure web pages for the relevant HN frameworks listing all Assessment Support Packs. The publication code for this revised Assessment Support Pack is F7BX 34/CASP0001v3

Assessment Support Pack: F7BX 34

The Assessment Support Pack for this Unit has been slightly amended to bring assessment in closer alignment with the Unit specification and is now available on the secure web pages for the relevant HN frameworks listing all Assessment Support Packs. The publication code for this revised Assessment Support Pack is F7BX 34/CASP0001v2

International Marketing: An Introduction DG6M 34

Unit Specification: DG6M 34

The Unit 'International Marketing: An Introduction' DG6M 34 has been revised and replaced by the new Unit 'International Marketing: An Introduction' H8PD 34. Currently, centres may continue to enter learners for the Unit 'International Marketing: An Introduction' DG6M 34, however all learners must have completed and also submitted results for this Unit by no later than 31/7/17.

Centres are encouraged to move over to the new Unit 'International Marketing: An Introduction' H8PD 34 as soon as possible and all new entries after 31/7/17 must be for this new Unit.

Assessment Support Pack: H8PD 34

The Assessment Support Pack for the new Unit is now available on the secure web pages for the relevant HN frameworks listing all Assessment Support Packs.

Accountancy Standards & Terminology

The following Units have been updated to take account of the requirements of Financial Reporting Standard 102 (FRS 102): Business Accounting F84M 34 (version 03), Business: Graded Unit 1 H0HY 34 (version 02). Centres should download the current version.

Communication: Analysing and Presenting Complex Communication DE3N 34

Unit Specification DE3N 34

The Unit "Communication: Analysing and Presenting Complex Communication"  DE3N 34 has been revised by the Unit "Communication: Business Communication" H7TK 34. Centres may continue to enter candidates on the Unit "Communication: Analysing and Presenting Complex Communication" DE3N 34 but all candidates must have completed and also submitted results for the Unit "Communication: Analysing and Presenting Complex Communication" DE3N 34 by no later than 31/7/16.

Centres are encouraged to move over to the Unit "Communication: Business Communication" H7TK 34 as soon as possible. All new entries after 31/7/16 must be for the Unit "Communication: Business Communication" H7TK 34.

Assessment Support Pack H7TK 34

The Assessment Support Pack for the new Unit "Communication: Business Communication" H7TK 34 will be available on the secure web pages listing all Assessment Support Packs from August 2015."

Behavioural Skills for Business - F84L 35
Business Accounting - F84M 34
Business: Graded Unit 1 - H0HY 34
Business: Graded Unit 2 - H0J0 35
Business Law: An Introduction - F84P 34
Business Contractual Relationships - F84N 34
Business Culture and Strategy - F7J7 35
Communication:Business Communication-H7TK 34
Continuous Workforce Development - HA13 34
Creating a Culture of Customer Care - H1F0 34
Economic Issues: An Introduction - F7J8 34
Economics 1: Micro and Macro Theory and Application - F7J6 35
Economics 2: The World Economy - F86E 35
Human Resource Management: An Introduction - H1KP 34
Information and Communication Technology in Business - F84W 35
Information Technology: Applications Software 1 - D75X 34
International Marketing: An Introduction - H8PD 34
IT in Business: Spreadsheets - F84V 34
Managing People and Organisations - F84T 34
Marketing: An Introduction - F7BX 34
Personal Development Planning - DE3R 34
Preparing Financial Forecasts - F84R 35
Presentation Skills - F84E 35
Research Skills - F60A 34
Statistics for Business - F84K 35
Workplace Communication in English - H8T2 33

Two additional mandatory Units

  • H8T2 33 Workplace Communication in English, SCQF level 6, to be delivered in Year 1 of all HND frameworks, as of August 2015.
  • F60A 34 Research Skills, SCQF level 7, to be delivered in Year 2 of all HND frameworks, as of August 2016.

Communication Units: A Guide for Tutors

This document is aimed at tutors who are teaching learners whose first language is not English.

The purpose of this document is to provide a selection of formative exercises that will:

  • provide interesting exercises to motivate learners
  • increase learners' confidence in their ability to communicate effectively in English
  • prepare learners to successfully pass the summative assessments

Communication Units in HNCs and HNDs

Research Skills Unit: A Guide for Tutors

This guide provides support for developing good practice in how the Research Skills Unit (F60A 34) might be delivered, scheduled and assessed. It contains guidance on delivering the Research Skills Unit both on a stand-alone basis or integrating with other Units, and provides customised checklists for integration with various Graded Units