Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Business


Course Code EDDABMBM42

Course Overview

A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain a higher diploma in Business Studies. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning Business Studies is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for an exam or career through home study. What's more, the distance learning HNC in Business Studies  course is a fully comprehensive course.

The Higher National Certificate in business provides you with wide-ranging knowledge and skills. These skills provide the cornerstone for your new career by boosting your employability across all employment sectors. This qualification will help you to get to where you want to be, whether you want to start your own business, find employment, gain promotion. Whatever your employment or learning goals this qualification sets the standard in business.

With its strong emphasis on transferable skills, the course will provide you with a rock solid foundation in Business studies covering key topics including:

  • Marketing
  • Information technology
  • Communications in business
  • Analysing information
  • Presenting information
  • Managing people
  • Accounting and finance
  • Business economics
  • Strategy and culture


What Could I Do After Taking This HNC in Business Studies Course?

The HNC and HND Business enable candidates to acquire skills and knowledge in key business functions such as management, marketing, and finance. These qualifications also help enhance relevant knowledge and skills in economics, communication, problem solving and information and communication technology.

Candidates who achieve these qualifications may go on to study further academic and professional qualifications or embark on an administrative, managerial or commercial career.

On completion of the HNC in Business Studies, learners can go on to study further in areas such as:

Course Features

Your Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Business Course:

    The HNC in Business are designed to provide a broad understanding of business organisations and the environment in which they operate. The HNC Business enable candidates to acquire skills and knowledge in key business functions such as management, marketing, and finance.

Study Time

Study Hours are an approximate figure and are dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Business course is: 2 Years

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Key Topics

The HNC in Business Studies is divided into five comprehensive modules:  

Module 1

  • Unit 1- Communication: Analysing and Presenting Complex Communication (1 credit)
  • Unit 2- I.T: Application Software 1 (1 credit)

Module 2

  • Unit 1- Managing People and Organisations (2 credits)
  • Unit 2- Marketing: An Introduction (1 credit)

Module 3

  • Unit 1- Economic Issues: An Introduction (1 credit)
  • Unit 2- IT in Business: Spreadsheets (1 credit)

Module 4

  • Unit 1- Business Accounting (2 credits)

Module 5

  • Unit 1- Business Culture and Strategy (2 credits)
  • Unit 2- Business Graded Unit 1 (1 credit)


Assessment is on an ongoing Unit-by-Unit basis. Each individual Unit specification provides detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and guidance on approaches to assessment.

Candidates will also be assessed via a Graded Unit towards the end of the programme. The purpose of Graded Units is to grade the candidate’s ability to integrate the knowledge and skills gained in the mandatory Units.

Entry Requirements
Min 17 Years / Level 3 Dip

It is recommended that you have studied and achieved passes as follows:

  • Level 3 NVQ (GNVQ or GSVQ)
  • A programme of national units related to the course you want to study
  • 2 AS Levels or Scottish Higher Grades
  • An equivalent qualification or training certificate acceptable as evidence of prior learning
  • For candidates where English is not their first language, it is recommended that they possess English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at SCQF level 5 or an overall score of 5.5 in IELTS

Home Study Support

You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your course of study. You will have your own personal tutor helping you with your course work and with any questions you may have. Plus you can contact our Student Advisors by email or phone for all the practical advice you may need – so we really are with you 100%.

What's more, you'll have access to the online student portal, where you can interact with other students, browse our resource library and manage your account.

Home Study Resources

You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your course of study. Your course fee covers all textbooks, study folders, and/or online learning aids designed for distance learning.

This HNC Business Course pack includes the Student Handbook with all relevant information that you would need to successfully complete the course.


SQA Higher National Certificate in Business Studies

This course leads to a SCQF Level 7 for successful learners. Higher National courses provide both the practical skills you need to do a job and the theoretical knowledge your employer will expect you to have.

This course has been specially designed to meet the needs of employers both locally and internationally. So if you are serious about getting a job and want a career with prospects, then getting a Higher National Certificate (HNC) or a Higher National Diploma (HND) is one of the best ways to achieve your ambition.

Possible Career Path

Economic Development Officer
As an economic development officer (EDO), it would be your aim to increase jobs and economic growth in your local area. Your work would typically involve: developing projects to support local business growth and create new jobs, building partnerships with communities, business networks and local government, bidding for local, national and European funding, setting up training schemes for local businesses and unemployed people, advising local businesses and community groups, promoting the local area to attract new employers and increase tourism, working on neighbourhood renewal projects, organising business fairs and giving presentations and managing budgets. You may also be known by a range of other job titles, such as economic regeneration officer or economic adviser.

Find out more about the Job Role for Economic Development Officer.

What's Included

Our online courses are fully digitised so you can study on any smart device. Your learning programme is completely flexible so you can study at a pace that suits you. All our content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective. Your course of study is broken down into units and sections, each of which contains lessons, activities and test papers. Courses are delivered on our Digital Learning Environment allowing you to study from anywhere on any smart device as long as you have access to the Internet. The course concludes by preparing you for examination using past papers in your chosen subject.

As a student, your course fee covers everything you will need to successfully complete the HNC in Business Studies home study course and earn your award:

  • Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the course.
  • A personalised diploma upon course completion
  • Tutor marked assessments (TMAs)
  • Access to the online student portal (Student Chat, Forums and Online Support Resources)
  • NUS Extra Card (discounted membership)
  • One year educational support by e-mail and free phone.

You can also choose to pick from following while you are enrolling and avail the services at a highly discounted price for our students.


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Reordering a course pack, if you have damaged yours, can be costly. You can usually expect to pay a huge price for a copy. The 12 month insurance Cover will meet the cost for you if your pack was damaged. We will send out another Course Pack at no extra cost if you send us a proof of the damaged course.

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We support our students even after they have graduated from the college. Learning for Life Services include:

  • 1. Academic Reference: We are often asked to provide references for students by employers or colleges and universities. The aims of an academic reference are to confirm facts (confirm accuracy of statements made in any application) and to provide relevant opinion on the candidate's aptitude and ability.

  • 2. CV Refresh Service: When you successfully complete your course you will be entitled to our CV refresh service. We will update your current CV to ensure that your new skills and achievements are presented to the highest standard. We will also add your CV to databank of our sister company www.twindo.co.uk

  • 3. 25% off Courses: *(This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers)

    For all students who successfully complete their course, you will be entitled to 25% off any future courses through eDistance Learning or it's partners.

    Furthermore this offer will be extended to your family and friends.

  • See details on 'Learning for Life'

Further Information
Award Level: HNC Level 4 QCF

Awarding Body: SQA (www.sqa.org.uk)

Format: Paper

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This course can be enrolled upon by students internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.


Step One: It's simple - all you need to do now is choose whether you want to pay in instalments or in full and then click on the relevant enrolment button at the top of this page.

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Step Three: Within 7 days (normally 48 hours) your enrolment papers and course materials will be with you. A tutor and a dedicated support advisor will also be allocated to you.

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About Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

SQA helps people to realise their potential and to achieve their ambitions by providing a wide range of high quality, internationally recognised qualifications and associated services. Around 15,000 teaching professionals and industry specialists support SQA operations annually, helping to ensure that SQA qualifications accurately reflect learners’ knowledge and skills and provide routes to jobs or further study.

Based in Scotland, SQA works across the UK and internationally. It is sponsored by the Scottish Government’s Learning Directorate.

For more information on SQA please visit http://www.sqa.org.uk


Are there any requirements to enrol on a HNC in Business course?

It is recommended that you have studied and achieved passes as follows:

  • Level 3 NVQ (GNVQ or GSVQ)
  • A programme of national units related to the course you want to study
  • 2 AS Levels or Scottish Higher Grades
  • An equivalent qualification or training certificate acceptable as evidence of prior learning
  • For candidates where English is not their first language, it is recommended that they possess English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at SCQF level 5 or an overall score of 5.5 in IELTS

Will these programmes really help me get a job?

The HNC and HND Business have been specifically designed in consultation with employers, higher education institutions and professional bodies to give you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in your chosen field. Employers recognise the value of these qualifications and those holding an HNC or HND typically earn more than those who do not. In addition, many employers will recognise the initiative, determination and commitment you have demonstrated by earning your qualification.

What type of job might the HNC or HND help me to get?

Employers have identified a wide range of interesting and exciting job roles for which HNC/D graduates would typically be recruited. These include: Administrative Officer/ Supervisor, Business Development Assistant, Finance Assistant, Team Leader, Personal Assistant and Trainee Manager.
A bright future awaits you!

What else can I do with an HNC or HND in Business?

Many HNC/D graduates go on to further study at university level, with the HNC in some cases allowing entry to university at second year level, and the HND to year three. These qualifications are also recognised by some professional bodies.

How do I contact my tutor and submit assignments?

All our tutors are working professionals in their chosen fields and prefer to be contacted by email. In this way they can record your questions and progress.

Will my tutor answer my support requests quickly?

Yes, all tutors aim to give you feedback on your assignments within 10 working days. However, you do not usually have to wait this length of time.

Are there any exams?

Most of our courses are designed to be completed through assessments so you are not required to take exams except for A Levels and some Bookkeeping courses. However, as mentioned elsewhere, the arrangement for a centre at which to sit your exams is for you to make.

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To ensure studying is flexible and convenient, most of our courses are divided into sections. You work through each section at your own pace and time. Once completed, send the test paper back to your personal tutor for marking. You will then move onto the next section once successfully completing the previous section. The support period is dependent on the type of course you choose; our minimum support period is one year.

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Yes, You will be allocated an experienced tutor who will guide you through the course, mark your assignments and generally help you with any problems you may have. Your tutors can be contacted via email and post. Please note that some of the courses do not have tutor support. Please check the course literature for details

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Most of our courses are available in both Online & Paper formats. You can choose the way your want to study and submit your course work

Is there a time limit or any deadlines?

We do like you to complete the course within the tutor support period but we can extend this for a small charge (currently £65). If you follow the recommended study hours, this will give you a good guide to complete the course withim the specified time period.

I wish to cancel my course. How do I do this?

If you have decided that this is not the right type of course for you you may cancel your course, in writing, within the first seven days of having received it. You then need to return your materials to the address printed on the course pack. This is at your own expense and we would advise that you return the materials by a traceable service, as this is your responsibility until we receive the materials. Once we have received the materials, in good condition, we will organise a refund cheque to be sent to you. Please note that an admin fee will apply. If you required your materials to be delivered abroad, the additional postage charge will not be refunded.

Do I have to buy any other materials?

Our comprehensive course materials are designed to be self-contained with all the relevant information you require to complete the course and gain the relevant certification. However some of our students undertake additional reading via relevant textbooks/study guides and/or the Internet to add value to their studies.

I’m not sure of what course I should take? Can you help?

Yes we can, it is important that you pursue a course which you will enjoy. Although we cannot make this decision for you, we employ a team of dedicated Professional Course Advisors, who will guide you towards making the right choice. Whether you want specific information, or just a chat about what’s available, contact us now.

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Please contact us if you have not found the answer you are looking for.

Course Outline

How is the course structured?

Module 1

Unit 1- Communication: Analysing and Presenting Complex Communication (1 credit)
This unit is about responding to and presenting complex business communication. Whilst studying this unit students will: analyse complex written business information, produce complex written business documents and organise and participate in a formal meeting.

Unit 2- I.T: Application Software 1 (1 credit)
This unit is designed to enable students to use Information Technology (IT) systems and applications independently to support a range of information processing activities. The unit is intended to develop a broad knowledge of the theoretical concepts, principles, boundaries and scope of IT applications. These activities will be centred on using software applications packages to meet complex information requirements while paying attention to security and the needs of other users.

Module 2

Unit 1- Managing People and Organisations (2 credits)
This unit is designed to enable students to gain an understanding of different approaches to managing an organisation in today’s dynamic and complex business environment. It will introduce students to current management theories to enable them to use these to evaluate organisational effectiveness.

Unit 2- Marketing: An Introduction (1 credit)
This unit is designed to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of marketing and its importance in organisations. This unit is also designed to develop students’ understanding of the marketing mix in the context of both products and services.

Module 3

Unit 1- Economic Issues: An Introduction (1 credit)
This unit introduces students to fundamental issues in economics with a particular emphasis on the business environment. Students will learn about the basic economic problem and how the consumer and other economic agents address this problem. Students are introduced to the operation of markets and actions that can be taken to help avoid market failure. The unit introduces the theory of National Income and the circular flow of income model.

Unit 2- IT in Business: Spreadsheets (1 credit)
This unit is designed to allow students to develop an understanding of spreadsheet design and how to use spreadsheet features and functions for practical and effective use. Students will be able to develop their knowledge of spreadsheets as a tool to help provide solutions to common business problems. In studying this unit, students will: create a spreadsheet design to provide solutions for a business scenario, present spreadsheet data in graphical form and interpret the results and provide solutions to a business scenario using spreadsheet statistical functions.

Module 4

Unit 1- Business Accounting (2 credits)
This unit is designed to enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding in the preparation and use of accounting information within a business organisation. Students will develop the skills required to prepare basic financial and management accounting reports and will also develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to enable them to interpret and use financial information for decision making.

Module 5

Unit 1- Business Culture and Strategy (2 credits)
This unit is designed to enhance students' understanding of business strategy and how it can be developed and managed within the culture of an organisation. It highlights the dynamic nature of the business environment and the role that business strategy and organisational culture can play in improving the long-term performance of an organisation.

Unit 2- Business Graded Unit 1 (1 credit)
This Graded Unit is designed to utilise and test the knowledge and skills gained throughout the HNC Business.

Course Fees

Our aim is to provide you with the best deal available, therefore any registration fee, certification fee and full tutor support is included in the course price for you. The enrolment fee for the HNC Business home study course is £1562.5, though for a limited time we are offering you the opportunity to pay only £1250 which is a 20% discount if you enrol online and pay in full.

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Award Level HNC Level 4 QCF
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Study Time 2 Years
Entry Requirements Min 17 Years / Level 3 Dip
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