Business Law An introduction SCQF Level 7

A detailed introduction to important aspects of business law.


Why take this course?

This Unit is incorporated into the HNC Accounting, HNC Business and HNC Administration & IT qualifications. On completion of the Unit, candidates will be able to:

  • Explain the main sources of Scots Law
  • Explain the law of contract
  • Distinguish the legal characteristics of the various types of business organisations and relationships

For further information, please visit the SQA website.

Credit points and level: 1 HN credit at SCQF level 7: (8 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7) 

What you will experience

This Unit is primarily intended for candidates who require a knowledge of legal matters in a business context. It will give you a broad yet detailed introduction to business law and associated practices/processes, and is designed to introduce you to the framework of law as it applies within the business environment. It will examine the sources of Scottish law, the contractual relationships between individuals, the contractual relationships between individuals and businesses, and the distinction between types of business relationships. 

The materials for this course are provided as web-pages for you to work through online. As you progress through the course materials you will find written explanations of each  feature, followed by practical exercises.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course requires you to manage your workload independently, and will involve attendance at a campus or centre - often for assessment purposes only.

Entry requirements

Achievement of Core Skill Communication at SCQF level 6, or Higher English or equivalent, is recommended.

What you will need

Students are responsible for securing unit resources listed.

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What you need to know

Additional costs

This course involves an additional SQA fee. Please see our Courses Explained page for further information on costs.

Anything else?

Please note that fee waivers may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Students may progress from an HNC to an HND or ACCA course, or move directly into employment. The HND course offers progression to ACCA or again directly into employment as assistant accountants, supervisors or financial or cost accountants. The ACCA course once completed allows the student to apply for accounting positions in the profession or within industry, and gain the relevant work experience to achieve full membership of the Association.


For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.


Pre-entry guidance is required prior to booking a place on this course. Please contact Brenda Bryce, Distance Learning Co-ordinator by email or on 01346 506014 in the first instance for more information. When submitting your distance learning application form, please ensure you attach the additional information sheet listing qualifications and previous knowledge with your application. You may be required to attend College for assessment. Please check if this is a requirement for your course.

Duration Fees Code
40 Hours over 6 Months £120.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form and additional information form for this course and return them to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.