The Advanced Certificate and Advanced Diploma Awards in Business are designed to equip students with the knowledge and understanding required for success in current and future employment or for progression to further academic and/or professional qualifications. The programme is designed to provide a broad understanding of business organisations and the environment in which they operate. The SQA Advanced Diploma has a strong managerial focus which helps successful candidates to progress to management roles. In addition, the wide range of options enables candidates to progress to specialist roles such as human resource management, marketing, and financial services.
Students are required to obtain a minimum of 12 credits for the Advanced Certificate award, 10 of them are core units and 2 are option.
In the Advanced Diploma award, the students are required to obtain minimum 30 credits, 23 are core units and 7 are optional. A credit value is equivalent to 44 contact hours and 36 independent study hours.
Who does this qualification suit
SQA Advanced Certificates and Advanced Diplomas in Business are designed for learners who wish to pursue a career in business — but who don’t wish to commit themselves to a specialist area at the outset.
They are suitable for a wide range of candidates including:
- school leavers
- adult returners to education
- those in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
- those who are, or wish to be, self-employed and require a broad grounding in business
“This course will provide business skills and knowledge for those seeking career in business or aspire to start their own”
Duration and the entry requirements
The course would normally be undertaken on a 2– year full-time basis. The academic year consists of 3 semesters. For admission into programme you will need to have:
- Higher Education Certificate or other equivalent certificate.
- Applicants have to take an English language placement test to determine if they will require a foundation programme before joining the diploma programme.
Accreditation of prior learning
Applicants may be considered through the accreditation of prior learning, which may be certificated or experiential. The admissions and registration staff are responsible for determining the grounds on which accreditation is acceptable. All applications are subject to approval of the Ministry of Higher Education.
College Requirement Course
All students are required to study a College requirement course “Entrepreneurship – Creativity and Innovation course” for 3 Credit Hours during the second year of their academic programme, apart from the programme requirements.
The awards are broad, general qualifications giving candidates scope to develop and process in a variety of ways within organizations of all sizes, including ones which candidates may set up themselves. The main subsidiary aim of the awards is to enable candidates to progress to further academic and professional qualifications either prior to embarking on an administrative, managerial or commercial career or in parallel with it.
After the successful completion of the programme requirements, the students will be awarded with the certificates from the Scottish Qualification Authority.
"If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."
– Ben Franklin