Economic Issues An introduction SCQF Level 7

Learn about fundamental economic issues, with an emphasis on the business environment.


Why take this course?

This Unit is designed to provide candidates with the knowledge and skills for further study or employment in an administrative or IT environment. It is an optional Unit within HNC/HND Administration and Information Technology or HNC Accounting course, but is also included within other HN Group Awards and can be taken as a stand-alone Unit. It will introduce you to fundamental issues in economics with a particular emphasis on the business environment.  For more information please visit the SQA website.

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

What you will experience

You will learn about basic economic problems, and how the consumer and other economic agents can address these problems. You will also learn about the operation of markets and what can be done to help avoid market failure, as well as national income and its importance in government policy and the Keynesian model of the circular flow of income. The unit has three outcomes of learning, introducing you to:

  • The allocation of resources within the economy 
  • National income and its importance 
  • The role of government policy in the UK market 

In order to complete this unit successfully, you will be required to achieve a satisfactory level of performance in all three pieces of assessed work. 

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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

It would be beneficial for candidates to have competence in numeracy and communication. This may be demonstrated by possession of Core Skill Numeracy at SCQF Level 4 and/or the Core Skill Communication at SCQF level 5 (or equivalent).

What you will need

Students are responsible for securing unit resources listed.

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




This course requires some attendance at College, often for assessment purposes only. Please enquire about expectations for your specific course when booking.

Attendance is usually at the Aberdeen City Campus or Fraserburgh Campus.

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 £125.00
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

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