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  • Start date:   August 2021
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7


Please be aware this course is now full. You may still apply and if a space becomes available we will contact you. Alternatively, you can explore other courses on our website or email if you wish to speak to a member of staff.

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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 the Edinburgh Napier University business management degree. 

Read about Declan McCrossan's West Lothian College experience here

  • 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. There will be an exam to assess knowledge and skills gained.

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. You will gain work experience from placements and/or volunteering. There is also 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.

  • First Aid

    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

If you are invited for an interview for this course, plan to be in college for around three hours. We ask you to prepare a written task at home before the interview and to bring this with you on the day. If you need help with this, please contact us by emailing

The interview involves:

Presentation from the course lecturer

Interview with the lecturer and another course tutor

Speaking about the task you prepared (can be viewed here) for 5 minutes; followed by some questions from the interviewers

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, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.