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  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7
  • Course Type:   Full-time


Please be aware this course is now full. If you apply, you will receive a course full email and if place was to become available we would be in contact but we cannot guarantee this. Some courses still have availability- please check the website for update information on course availability.



This course gives students the opportunity to learn about the different sectors within the business industry and is designed to give you a broad understanding of the functions of business and a clear understanding of the business environment.

This course is equivalent to first year of degree study and we have a number of articulation agreements which will allow you to progress on completion of your HNC/HND qualification.

We offer this course as the first year of a three-year programme which will allow you to graduate with Edinburgh Napier University's Business Management degree.

This degree is delivered on campus, and the unique degree offering with Edinburgh Napier University's Business School means you can complete your full degree at college and progress directly into Napier, if you want to complete your honours or masters degree.

Rachael Henderson studies HNC Business at West Lothian College and tells of her experience on the course.

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    What the course includes

    In year one, you will cover core business subjects, theories of managing and motivating people, business accounting, the economy, marketing, IT business applications and human resource management. 

Why choose this course

The course covers all aspects of business management plus the chance to specialise in human resources (HR) or marketing for two units.  Students benefit from our excellent links with local employers and related organisations, by hearing from industry speakers with a wealth of knowledge of the sector.

There is the opportunity to progress to degree-level study at West Lothian College (Edinburgh Napier University Business Management Degree).

Entry requirements

  • One Higher (such as business, administration, English, modern studies)
  • Internal candidates: completed NC business level 6
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in a related subject
  • Work experience may allow entry, depending on interview

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

  • Where it leads

    Education: HND business or further study elsewhere. Students who have continued their studies have gone on to work in marketing, HR, finance and operations management.

    Employment: in a wide range of sectors; also supports those wishing to start their own business.


Interview arrangements

No interview is required for this course.

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.