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  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 8
  • 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 is for students who have completed HNC business and who want to progress to a degree in business studies or into employment in business-related disciplines, and includes work experience through placements and/or volunteering.

This course is the equivalent to second year of degree study- we have a number of articulation agreements which will allow you to progress on completion of your HND qualification.

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

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

Sam Santini studies HND Business at West Lothian College, and talks about her experience, and how she hopes to use her HND to progress onto university, and open her own business.

  • What the course includes

    You will learn about Business Contractual Relationships, Preparing Financial Forecasts, Managing Business Culture and Strategy, Management and Leadership at Work, Economics Micro/ Macro and the World Economy, Starting a Business Plan, Project Management. Today, Social media and Sustainability are important parts of business, so we've updated the course to include Social Media for Business and Sustainable Development. A final graded project assesses your ability to apply what you have learned to a real-world business.

Why choose this course

Completing this HND allows you into year 3 of a number of degree courses. 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 and provide valuable placement opportunities.

Entry requirements

Successful completion of 15-unit HNC in Business Management.

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

  • Where it leads

    Education: direct entry to year 3 of BA Business Management at a number of universities, for example, Napier Business School, Heriot Watt. 

    Employment: in marketing, HR, finance and operations management roles; also supports those wishing to start their own business.

    A work placement will allow you to build your employability skills and allow for networking with local employers. Most students completing their HND go onto the BA at Napier or other Universities. Some go onto have successful careers within the Business sector.

Interview arrangements

There are no interview arrangements for this course due to entry criteria being progression from HNC Business.

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.