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SQA Advanced Diploma in Business

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

It is designed to provide learners with the theoretical business knowledge and practical skills that employees are expected to have in a business environment.

The SQA Advanced Diploma in Business consists of 30 unit credits. Each unit credit has approximately 40 hours of timetabled learning and 40 hours of self-guided learning and study. The SQA Advanced Diploma usually takes two academic years to complete, but this timeframe is flexible.

This qualification can allow advanced entry to an English-speaking university. SQA’s qualifications are recognised worldwide.

Course Tutor Guide (including Course Framework)

Title: SQA Advanced Diploma in Business
Code: GM51 48

SQA Advanced Diploma in Business Course Tutor Guide

Version Change - December 2018

A Guide for Tutors

Communication Units

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:

  • motivate learners
  • increase confidence in communicating effectively in English
  • prepare learners to successfully pass the summative assessments

Communication Units for SQA Advanced Qualifications

Research Skills

This guide provides support for developing good practice in how the Research Skills Unit (HR0Y 47) 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

Unit Specifications

Information and Communication Technology in Business 

Unit Specification HP7A 48

Outcome 5 Evidence Requirements clarified

Behavioural Skills for Business: HP6W 48

The Unit Behavioural Skills for Business (HP6W 48) has been revised by the Unit Behavioural Skills for Business (J1E5 48). Centres may continue to enter students on the Unit HP6W 48 but all students must have completed and results submitted for the Unit by no later than 31/07/21.



Two additional mandatory units