Business HNC

UCAS 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 broad spectrum of skills that are highly sought-after by employers, including: marketing; communication; IT; business accounting; business law; customer care; and people management.

The diverse nature of the course will ensure that you are equipped with the knowledge to undertake a variety of business roles, and the business world will be your oyster!

Special features

  • You can study full-time or part-time 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


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 Business or NC Administration
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply

Access routes

  • NC Business

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Business Accounting
  • Communication: Business Communication
  • Economic Issues: an Introduction
  • Graded Unit I: Business
  • Information Technology: Applications Software I
  • IT in Business: Spreadsheets
  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Marketing: an Introduction

Option units may include:

  • Business Law: an Introduction
  • Creating a Culture of Customer Care
  • Preparing to Start a Business
  • Human Resource Management: an Introduction
  • Human Resource Management: Core Activities
  • Personal Enterprise Skills
  • Recruitment, Selection and Induction
  • Research Skills
  • Work Experience
  • Visual Communications: Social Media

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

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time attendance (structured)
  • Part-time distance (available at Perth College UHI)
  • Part-time attendance (unstructured)
  • If you wish to apply for the distance learning option at Perth College UHI, please include this in your personal statement when completing our online application form
  • 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 at the end of the year
  • Perth College UHI also offer a distance learning option

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2-3 years

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time study at Argyll College UHI, Lews Castle College UHI and North Highland College UHI; distance learning at Perth College UHI)
  • Variable for distance learning: please contact Perth College UHI for more details on how to apply for other start dates



For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
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) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £434 £448

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

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

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2017-182018-19
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit)** £434 £448

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.


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 BA (Hons) Business and Management.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Business HNC

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2019 or Aug/Sep 2019 or Jan/Feb 2020

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates 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.

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