Advanced Diploma in Business

Advanced Diploma in Business enable students to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to progress to a higher level of their study in the Business subject area or take an exit route into related employment within a business environment.

The Advanced Higher National Diploma is recognised as equivalent to the 2nd year of a University degree. After successfully completing the Advanced Diploma in Business students could articulate to 3rd year Bachelor’s Degree and subsequently progress to their Honours year on successful completion of Year 3.

Aims of the Advanced Diploma in Business

An Advanced Diploma in Business covers a range of subject topics which are relevant to modern business practices and to university degree programmes. It will provide a breadth of competences.
The specific aims of Advanced Diploma in Business are to:

  • Enable students to consider and revisit core business issues and develop a depth of understanding from a managerial perspective
  • Promote the development of transferable skills in planning, organisation and evaluation, and enable in-depth investigation of business issues and problems
  • Develop organisational and investigative skills
  • Facilitate speed of progression within an organisation
  • Promote the development of transferable skills in planning, organising and evaluation and enable the candidate to investigate business issues and problems
  • Develop candidate competencies in a range of specialist areas of their choice in line with their preferred career pattern
  • Develop and apply a range of vocational knowledge and skills in an integrated manner to the analysis of business situations

Structure of the Advanced Diploma in Business

Students will be awarded an Advanced Diploma in Business on successful completion of the following Units:

  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Marketing: An Introduction
  • Economic Issues: An Introduction
  • Business Accounting
  • Business Communication
  • IT in Business: Spreadsheets
  • IT: Applications Software 1
  • Business Culture and Strategy
  • Behavioural Skills for Business
  • Economics 1: Micro and Macro Theory and Application
  • Economics 2: The World Economy
  • Information and Communication Technology in Business
  • Statistics for Business
  • Preparing Financial Forecasts
  • Business Law: An Introduction
  • Business Contractual Relationships
  • Business Graded Unit 1
  • Business Graded Unit 2
  • Creating a Culture of Customer Care
  • Personal Financial Services
  • Human Resource Management: Introduction
  • Marketing Research Theory
  • Office Management

Optional Units available in accounting and marketing

How the course is delivered

The Advanced Diploma in Business is delivered via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which provides access to case studies, learning materials and activities, presentations and web links. Online tutor support and guidance is provided throughout the course, where learners can interact with the tutors, get feedback on their progress and submit their work electronically. This helps you to build relevant skills progressively, as you receive feedback and support from your tutor. As the course is delivered online, this enables you to learn any time, any place through immediate access to  VLE.


Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded an Advanced Diploma in Business by SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority).

About SQA 

SQA is a UK national awarding body for qualifications. They are a world leader in education and training. SQA provides high quality, relevant and flexible qualifications and assessments, embedding and instilling industry standards.

Gaining Entry to University

Articulation arrangements exist between a number of UK universities and international universities where students who have completed their Advanced Diploma in Business will be able to apply to university for entry into year 2 or year 3 of an undergraduate Honours degree programme. Depending on the specific degree programme, certain Units may be required as part of the Advanced Diploma in Business course content.


Professional Body Memberships

Candidates completing Advanced Diploma in Business are guaranteed Associate Grade of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) with the designatory letters ACMI. Advanced Diploma Business graduates who also have three years management experience will be guaranteed Member Grade with the designatory letters MCMI. Graduates are required to contact us if they wish to apply for the relevant membership.
The Chartered Institute of Bankers for Scotland will accept holders of Advanced Diploma in Business directly into their higher level qualification. This is now called Chartered Banker and leads to MCIBS (Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland).

Entry Requirements

  • An appropriate level of skill in English language. International learners will be required to have ILETS 5.5 or equivalent.
  • Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, Vocational Qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may be acceptable, as would suitable industry standard qualifications at an appropriate level.
  • Mature candidates with suitable work experience may be accepted for entry if they are likely to benefit from undertaking the qualification.

In addition, candidates should possess good communication and analytical skills, along with a desire to attain the professional and personal requirements of an operational or senior manager.


£1,900 (UK/EU Students)
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18 months.
Student study commitment would be a minimum of 5-6 hours a week.

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