HNC Business with Human Resource Management

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The HNC Business with Human Resource (HR) at SCQF level 7 is designed to provide an alternative study option for those who are considering a career in Human Resource Management and want the necessary skills required to work within a business.   

The course is suitable for learners wishing to gain an overall knowledge of what the Human Resource Function is and how Human Resource Management fits into an organisation.  Learners will also gain an understanding of the historical changes within the Human Resource Function.

In addition learners will also gain valuable skills required to work within an organisation such as; marketing, economics, business law and accounting.


One of the following:

1 relevant* Higher at C grade or above OR
an appropriate grouping of National 5 and/or Intermediate 2 and Higher units or
Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills or
NQ Business or similar

The course is suitable for school leavers, adults returning to education or those in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects. Please note that each applicant is considered on an individual basis and previous work experience and prior learning will be taken into consideration.  

*Relevant subjects include Accounting, Business Management, English, Mathematics, Geography, History and a Science Subject.


Studying Human Resource Management (HRM) offers several advantages, such as: 

  • Understanding of Human Capital.  HRM provides insights into how to manage and develop an organisation’s most valuable asset – its people.
  • Organisational success.  Effective HRM can improve employee morale, productivity and overall organisational performance.
  • Legal compliance.  HRM education helps navigate complex labour laws and regulations, reducing legal risks for businesses.
  • Problem Solving Skills.  You’ll learn to address workplace conflicts, diversity, and other people-related challenges.
  • Employee Development.  HRM teaches methods for training and developing employees, enhancing their skills and knowledge.
  • Strategic role.  It equips you to contribute to an organisation’s strategic planning and achieve its business objectives through HR strategies.
  • Personal Growth.  It fosters interpersonal skills, communication, and emotional intelligence which are valuable in various aspects of life.
  • Job Satisfaction.  Many find HR careers fulfilling as they make a difference in the lives of employees and organisations.
Where can I go from here?

Graduates of this course will be able to go directly into the following courses: