HND Business

This course provides both the practical skills and theoretical knowledge that employers require students to have in order to carry out a wide range of business related jobs. The objective of the course is to provide a broad understanding of business and the business environment.

In addition, it develops entrepreneurial, organizational and inter-personal skills including leadership, motivation and team working.
Subjects studied provide a global understanding of business, marketing and consumer issues, whilst looking at core business issues.

Year 1:

  • Business Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Information Technology
  • Economics
  • Business Communication
  • Management: Leadership at Work
  • Customer Care
  • Human Resource Management
  • Graded Unit 1

Year 2:

  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Business Contractual Relationships
  • Statistics
  • Business Culture and Strategy
  • Behavioural Skills for Business
  • Economics
  • Preparing Financial Forecasts
  • Business Law
  • Research Skills
  • Presentation Skills
  • Work Placement
  • Graded Unit 2

This course prepares learners for a wide range of positions in a business environment such as:

  • Public Administration
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Financial Services
  • Retail

On successful completion of this course students may progress onto a related degree programme.

Forth Valley College has formal articulation links in place for entry into year 3 of the following degree programmes:

  • MA (Hons) Business Management - Aberdeen University
  • MA (Hons) International Business Management - Heriot-Watt
  • BBA (Hons) Bachelor of Business Administration- Heriot-Watt 
  • BA (Hons) Business Management - Abertay University
  • BA (Hons) Business Management - Edinburgh Napier
  • BA (Hons) Business Management  - Open University
  • BA (Hons) Business Management - Glasgow Caledonian 
  • BA (Hons) Business Management - University of Highlands and Islands
  • BA (Hons) Risk Management - Glasgow Caledonian 
  • BA (Hons) International Business - Glasgow Caledonian 
  • BA (Hons) Finance, Investment and Risk - Glasgow Caledonian 
  • BA (Hons) Business Management - Queen Margaret University
  • BA (Hons) Business Management with Marketing - Queen Margaret University 
  • BA (Hons) Business Management with Enterprise - Queen Margaret University 
  • BA (Hons) Business Management with Finance - Queen Margaret University 
  • BA (Hons) Events Management - Robert Gordon University
  • BA (Hons) Fashion Management - Robert Gordon University
  • BA (Hons) International Hospitality Management - Robert Gordon University
  • BA (Hons) International Tourism Management - Robert Gordon University
  • BA (Hons) Management - Robert Gordon University
  • BA (Hons) Management with HRM - Robert Gordon University
  • BA (Hons) Management with Marketing - Robert Gordon University
  • BA (Hons) Business - University West of Scotland
  • BA (Hons) Management - University West of Scotland
  • BA ( Hons) Events Management - University West of Scotland
  • BA (Hons) Business and Marketing - University West of Scotland
  • BA (Hons) Business and HRM (only if modules link with 1st and 2nd year) - University West of Scotland
  • BA (Hons) Business Studies - University of Stirling

    Please note articulation links are subject to change and do not guarantee a place on any university course. Students can still apply for entry to year 1 or 2 of many of these degree programmes and should check with individual universities for more detail. Each institution will have specific entry requirements.


One of the following:

  • Two Higher Grades in related subject areas
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills or Foundation Apprenticeship in Accounting
  • Successful completion of a relevant access course or an appropriate group of National Qualification units
  • Applicants whose first language is not English should hold an appropriate ESOL qualification or equivalent
  • Applicants who do not meet these criteria, but have relevant work experience or alternative qualifications may be considered

Additional Requirements:

  • Final selection is subject to a successful interview

Further advice for full-time applicants:
• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
• If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course
• Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview
• If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email



Falkirk Campus



Start date

21 August 2023

SCQF Level

Level 8