SQA Advanced Diploma in Business


In almost any industry, running a business with a triple bottom line; a focus on people, the planet and profit, has inherent financial benefits (Forbes, 2017) ” 


The SQA Advanced Diploma in Business and AAS College provide learners with a progression route into employment. The Advanced Diploma covers the main aspects of international business including management, human resources, economics and administration. There are pathways in the course that provide students with knowledge in specific Business fields, like HealthCare Management, Accounting, Human Resources Management, etc.

It will equip students with an awareness of key issues and practices within a changing business environment.

There is a growing demand for businesses to demonstrate corporate social responsibility. Business management strategies that affect profit and society are achieving successful and sustainable results.

2 years

Educational form:

Education Variants:


Start Date:
14 June 2021 & 27th September 2021

British Advanced Diploma:
SQA Advanced Diploma in Business


The SQA Advanced Diploma in Business has a range of aims relating to academic
and vocational progression. These are to:

    1. Develop suitable competencies to enter a range of administrative, commercial
      or managerial positions.
    2. Develop student competencies to support their career aspirations.
    3. Prepare students for progression to degree courses delivered by universities.
    4. Develop skills for independent, lifelong learning.
    5. Develop and enhance transferable skills for employability and Core Skills.
    6. Develop and enhance transferable skills in planning, organizing, critical and evaluative thinking and enable the candidate to investigate business issues and problems in depth.
    7. Develop intrapersonal and interpersonal skills relevant to a range of administrative, commercial or managerial positions in business organizations.
    8. Develop communication and presentation skills.
    9. Adopt an innovative and creative approach and be able to respond quickly to challenges posed by changes in the business environment.
    10. Develop the ability to work flexibly and co-operatively with others.


Learning activities

Lectures, Tutorials, Study packs, Problem-based scenarios, Case studies, Group/team work, Online materials, IT based teaching materials, Projects, Quizzes, Research and presentation, of findings to fellow students, Role play, Short-response questions, multiple choice questions, Create questions for other students (with answers), etc.



Upon successful completion of this course, graduates can start their own businesses ordevelop careers in a wide variety of business sector.

Graduating with this Diploma will enable to pursue a career path in:

    • Business enterprise
    • Sales and marketing
    • Business development
    • Small business consultation
    • Product development

Programme at a glance

SQA Advanced Diplomas are made up of 240 SCQF credit points, at SCQF level 8, and usually take two years to complete

Year 1

Business Accounting

Business Law: An Introduction

Communication: Business Communication

Creating a Culture of Customer Care

Economic Issues: An Introduction

Economics 1: Micro and Macro Theory and Application

Human Resource Management: Introduction

Information Technology: Applications Software 1

IT in Business: Spreadsheets

Managing People and Organizations

Marketing: An Introduction

Personal Development Planning

Business: Graded Unit 1

Year 2

Behavioural Skills for Business

Business Contractual Relationships

Business Culture and Strategy

Economics 2: The World Economy

Information and Communication Technology in Business

International Marketing: An Introduction

Preparing Financial Forecasts

Presentation Skills

Statistics for Business

Continuous Workforce Development

Business: Graded Unit 2

Diploma to Degree — a pathway to university and further study

SQA Advanced Qualifications do not just qualify for career development they can also enable advanced entry into many undergraduate degree programmes in universities and Higher Education Institutions across the world.

Learners can study in their own country before progressing onto universities in their own country, region or abroad to complete a degree, entering directly into third year. This option can be a cost effective route to studying abroad and achieving a degree at an international Higher Education Institution.

We make this journey as smooth as possible through our Diploma to Degree programme. SQA has collaborated and set up articulation agreements with a number of highly regarded international institutions in countries such as the UK, USA, Australia, Canada and New Zealand covering various progression models including online delivery.

These institutions recognise the SQA Advanced Diploma for advanced entry and provide students with a quality learning experience.


Admissions Requirements

Entry to the Programme will require:

  • High School Diploma and transcript
  • Minimum requirement of a proficiency level of English Language equivalent to IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550
  • Passport
  • AAS Application Form completed