Business HNC

Course code 001N

What is special about this course?

The HNC 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; IT; communication; business accounting; HRM; and management.

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 Campus you are applying to study with.


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

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A Level at grade D or above
  • Alternatively, an NC/NQ Business, Administration or Accounting at SCQF Level 5 or above OR
  • Completion of a Foundation Apprenticeship in: Accountancy; Financial Services; or Business Skills
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above may still be eligible for a place dependent upon their previous studies/work experience

Access routes

  • Access to HN Business - available to study at several UHI campuses

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Business accounting
  • Communication: business communication
  • Economic issues: an introduction
  • Graded unit 1: business
  • Information technology: applications software 1
  • IT in business: spreadsheets
  • Managing people and organisations
  • Marketing: an introduction

Optional units may include:

  • Business law: an introduction
  • Creating a culture of customer care
  • Digital marketing communications: an introduction
  • Digital technologies for administrators
  • Human resource management: an introduction
  • Human resource management: core activities
  • International marketing: an introduction
  • IT in business: databases
  • Payroll
  • Personal development planning
  • Personal enterprise skills
  • Preparing to start a business
  • Recording financial information
  • Recruitment, selection and induction
  • Research Skills
  • Using financial accounting software
  • Work placement

At Inverness College you will study one 1st year degree module: Introduction to people management and organisational behaviour. This is in place of two optional SQA credits - for more information, please contact Inverness College UHI.

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

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift 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. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised and placements will be introduced in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements may be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online, face to face or blended induction at the start of the course.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time attendance (structured/unstructured)
  • Day release - 1 day per week x 2 years (available at Inverness UHI)*
  • Distance/online (available via Perth College UHI)

*If you wish to apply for the day release learning option at Inverness College UHI, please choose the part-time apply option and mention this in your personal statement when completing our online application form

  • If you are studying full-time or part-time on campus, you will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • If you are studying fully via distance/online learning, you will access all of your materials via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • You will be assessed by way of continuous assessment and one graded assessment at the end of the year

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time (structured) or day release: 2 years
  • Part-time (unstructured) or distance/online learning: variable

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Perth College UHI
  • Shetland College UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September (full-time and day release)
  • January (part-time study at Lews Castle College UHI and North Highland College UHI)
  • Distance/online learning in September: please contact Perth College UHI for more details on how to apply



For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

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:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

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?

On successful completion of HNC Business, you may be able to progress onto year 2 of HND Business and from there to BA (Hons) Business and Management.

Students at Inverness must achieve all units in the HNC Business programme, plus the required first year degree module, to progress into year two of BA (Hons) Business and Management.

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Apply for Business HNC

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2022 or Aug/Sep 2022 or Jan/Feb 2023

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.