Higher National Diploma in Business

Provided by DIMENSIONS International College


Awarded by Scottish Qualifications Authority, UK

Course introduction


Scottish Qualifications Authority

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), Scotland’s national body for qualifications, works across the UK and internationally with schools, colleges, universities and training organisations to develop and deliver their qualifications and assessments.

SQA provides a wide range of internationally recognised qualifications and associated services. SQA also awards a range of other qualifications, including customised awards to meet the needs of individual companies and organisations. In addition, SQA provides advice, support and services, such as expertise in assessment, that enable organisations to succeed in meeting a wide range of educational and workforce development challenges.

The SQA Higher National Diploma (HND) is a higher education qualification which enables advanced entry into many undergraduate degree programmes in Universities and Higher Education Institutions across the world. The SQA HND is widely recognised around the world as being equivalent to the first two years of undergraduate study. SQA has partnered with a number of highly regarded international institutions who will consider applications from HND graduates.

For updated and accurate information of SQA, please visit their website at www.sqa.org.uk

Programme Introduction

With business revolving around many aspects of our modern society, it is no wonder that business courses are amongst one of the most popular fields of study worldwide. Exclusively designed to prime learners with the knowledge and skills to manage business operations, the Higher National Diploma in Business programme also offers learners the opportunity to exploit their creativity and devise effective marketing strategies.

Besides developing the learners’ understanding in the use of accounting information within a business organisation, this programme introduces them to the operations of business markets as well as the actions that can be taken to help avoid market failure.

Upon successful completion, qualified students will be awarded the Higher National Diploma in Business by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). Graduates will possess the aptitude and essential business skills required to excel and thrive in different types of industries.

DIMENSIONS International College is an SQA Approved Centre for the above programme.

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure


This course is designed with the aim to equip students in the retail sector with the following learning objectives:

  • To hone students’ understanding in the areas of business accounting, marketing, human resource management, economics, and more.
  • To equip students with the basic knowledge of the marketing techniques applicable to different international markets.
Designed for
  • Students who are keen to pursue a career in the business sector.
  • Existing marketing executives, accounts assistants, HR assistants, finance executives or other business-related personnel who desire to hone their skills and deepen their expertise.

Area of Studies

Course Structure
Higher National Diploma in Business consists of 24 units.

Course Outline

  • Outline for Business Accounting
  • Outline for Business Law: An Introduction
  • Outline for Communication: Business Communication
  • Outline for Creating a Culture of Customer Care
  • Outline for Economic Issues: An Introduction
  • Outline for Economics 1: Micro and Macro Theory and Application
  • Outline for Information Technology: Applications Software 1
  • Outline for IT in Business: Spreadsheets
  • Outline for Managing People and Organisations
  • Outline for Marketing: An Introduction
  • Outline for Human Resource Management: Introduction
  • Outline for Personal Development Planning
  • Outline for Business: Graded Unit 1
  • Outline for Behavioural Skills for Business
  • Outline for Business Contractual Relationships
  • Outline for Business Culture and Strategy
  • Outline for Economics 2: The World Economy
  • Outline for Information and Communication Technology in Business
  • Outline for Statistics for Business
  • Outline for International Marketing: An Introduction
  • Outline for Preparing Financial Forecasts
  • Outline for Presentation Skills
  • Outline for Continuous Workforce Development
  • Outline for Business: Graded Unit 2
Scope of Study
Knowledge and skills in the range of business areas

Delivery Mode
Lectures, tutorials, discussions, case studies and researches

22 months Institutional Training

Maximum allowed period for a student to complete the course is 44 months of Institutional Training

Opportunities for Further Education/Career Pathway
Students may consider pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business or other options within this field of study.

Foreigner’s application for jobs in Singapore is subject to the approval from the Ministry of Manpower of Singapore (MOM). DIMENSIONS DOES NOT GUARANTEE any success rate of approval.

Entry Requirements

Academic Level:

Local students
GCE ‘A’ level with at least 1 subject pass or DIMENSIONS Business Foundation or
Hospitality Diploma or other private Foundation Certificate (with equivalent entry
requirements as Foundation Diploma in Business and subject to approval).

International students
Equivalent to Year 12 from the respective home country of the applicant.

Note: Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis

English Proficiency : At least IELTS 5.5 or CAE Level 4 or pass the English Proficiency Test at equivalent level conducted by DIMENSIONS or its equivalent. English proficiency may be considered to have been met and an IELTS score may not be required if applicant possesses a highest qualification where English was the sole medium of instruction.

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

Class Periods
Monday to Friday: 9.30am-12.30pm and/or 1.45pm-4.45pm
5 sessions per week, 3 contact hours per session

Weekday (Monday to Friday)
Sessions will be conducted from 7.00pm to 10.00pm
and / or
Weekend (Saturday and/or Sunday)
Sessions will be conducted within 9.00am to 6.00pm
3 to 4 sessions per week, 3 contact hours per session

Examination Period
At the end of each semester or course

Assessment Methods
Coursework and examinations

Assessment Grading Criteria
For Graded Units:

A: (70 marks and above)
B: (60 – 69 marks)
C: (50 – 59 marks)
Fail: (49 marks and below)

All other units: Pass / Fail

Assessment Weighting
100% Coursework with exception of the following units:

  • Business: Graded Unit 1: 100% Examination;
  • Business: Graded Unit 2: 100% Examination.
Expected Examination Results Release Date
Not more than 3 months after the final assessment

Qualification Award
Higher National Diploma in Business, awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority, UK

Graduation Requirements
A “Pass” in all assessments of all units

Note 1: International Student must achieve at least 90% attendance rate (ICA Requirement).
Note 2: International Student must not be absent for more than 7 consecutive days without valid reason (ICA Requirement).
Note 3: Students who do not require ICA’s student’s pass must achieve at least 80% attendance rate.Our College only accept medical certificates as proof for absenteeism. Any other documents should only be accepted on a case-by-case basis with full justification and be acceptable by ICA.
Note 4: In the first week of studies, an induction session will be conducted. The students will be briefed by the Academic Staff on full details of the course including scheme of work, timetable, assessments and grading, assessment and exam dates and venue and many other academic matters.
Note 5: DIMENSIONS has the right to cancel a class/an intake if the minimum number of students enrolled is less than 10 for any programme per class. Students may enroll into a later intake, if any, or withdraw from course. (For refund, please refer to our Refund Policy).
Note 6: Students (both international and local) must achieve an attendance rate of 80% and above in order to qualify for examinations.

Fees & Funding


1. Application Fee (Non – refundable) S$500.00
2. Tuition Fee S$23,800.00
3. Registration Fee For Scottish Qualifications Authority S$800.00
4. Administrative Fee S$635.00
5. Examination Fee S$1,000.00
6. Course Material S$1,400.00
7. Medical Check-Up Fee S$60.00
8. International Student Management Fee S$500.00
9. ICA Processing and Student’s Pass Fee S$120.00
7% GST S$2,017.05
Total S$30,832.05


1. Application Fee (Non – refundable) S$100.00
2. Tuition Fee S$21,800.00
3. Registration Fee For Scottish Qualifications Authority S$800.00
4. Administrative Fee S$450.00
5. Examination Fee S$1,000.00
6. Course Material S$1,400.00
7% GST S$1,788.50
Total S$27,338.50

Miscellaneous Fees:

1. Loss of Student’s Pass (For Student’s Pass holder only) S$278.20
2. Renewal of Student’s Pass (For Student’s Pass holder only) S$128.40
3. Administrative Fees for Extension / Replacement of Student’s Pass (For Student’s Pass holder only) S$535.00
4. Additional Book Fee Per Book S$107.00
5. Appeal for Result Fee Per Unit S$160.50
6. Re-issue of Certificate S$214.00
7. Academic Status Certification Fee Per Certification Letter S$53.50
8. Late Payment Fee S$107.00
9. Documents Courier Services Fee Per Delivery S$53.50
10. Re-enrolment Fee S$535.00
11. Course Deferment Fee S$374.50
12. Graduation Ceremony Fee Subject to University / DIMENSIONS’ prevailing charges
13. Re-assessment Fee Per Unit S$214.00
14. Re-take Fee Per Unit S$1284.00

Note 1: All miscellaneous fees are inclusive of 7% GST.
Note 2: Total course fees paid (except application fee and GST) by students are protected under the Fee Protection Scheme (FPS).
Note 3: All students must sign the Advisory Note to Student before signing the Standard PEI-Student Contract.
Note 4: The Standard PEI-Student Contract must be signed by the student prior to making course fees payments to DIMENSIONS.
Note 5: The course fees shown above are effective from 1st June 2017. DIMENSIONS reserves the right to make necessary amendments to the course fees without prior notice.

Payment Mode

For more information on Payment Mode, please go to : https://dimensions.edu.sg/current-students/types-of-fee-and-payment-modes/

For more information on Fee Protection Scheme (FPS), please go to : https://dimensions.edu.sg/current-students/fee-protection-scheme/

For further details, please contact your Admissions Officer at 6334 0600.