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Financial Services HND

(SCQF level 8)

Business & Procurement, Education and Humanities

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Mode of Study


Start Date

26th Aug 2019, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


Financial Services is a large sector in Scotland with a number of employment opportunities.  The first year of this course is very similar to HNC Business, however, some units have been selected specifically to give learners an advantage if applying for roles in Financial Services.  The second year of the course looks more closely at specific financial services sectors such as Investment, Pensions, Insurance and Lending.  

This HND is designed to provide you with the key competencies required by anyone entering the Financial Services Industry as a trainee, or at a technical level, or for anyone already working in such a position but wishing to lay the foundation of a professional career.  Further details of the topics covered is provided in the section “what you study” below. 

The aims of the HND are to:

  • Develop a range of vocational skills specific to the financial services industry, in relation to product and service knowledge, and an understanding of the role of its providers.

  • Preparing you for employment in the Financial Services Industry at clerical, sales or administration levels.

  • Developing a broad-based range of vocational skills in relation to, for example, communications, customer service, and the use of information technology.

You'll be assessed throughout this course with the assessments taking the form of practical assessments, assignment and case studies.  You'll also undertake a Graded Unit project, which is designed to assess your ability to integrate the knowledge and skills gained through the mandatory units. 

City of Glasgow College has strong links with Financial Services organisations, which provide industry visits and guest speakers to add value to the academic content of the course. 

Throughout the course, you'll undertake a programme of guidance activities designed to help you make the most of your qualification and college experience. 

You'll be required to attend college on 4 days every week from 9 am to 5 pm for two academic years.

The course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

Entry into Year 1

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above in relevant* subjects; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience, where verifiable evidence has been provided such as qualification certificates or employer references. 

* relevant subjects cannot include any from the following list: Art and Design, Design and Manufacture, Woodwork, Drama, Graphic Communications, Health and Food Technology, Languages, Music, Media, Photography and Physical Education.

Direct Entry into Year 2

  • HNC Financial Services full-time course with 15 credits

Applications for HND Financial Services year 2 will not be processed until the end of Mid August 2019 as internal applicants are given priority.  

**Internal applicants must complete16 credits undertaken in the NQ Financial Services qualification, including all units specific to Financial Services.  

Additional selection requirements

  • You may be invited to attend an interview.  

What you study

Year 1

  • Financial Sector:  An Introduction.
  • Creating a Culture of Customer Care.
  • Information Technology:  Applications Software 1.
  • Business Communication.
  • Managing People and Organisations.
  • Personal Financial Services.
  • Financial Services:  Graded Unit 1.
  • Mathematics for Business.
  • Business Accounting.
  • Business Law.
  • Economic issues.
  • Marketing.

Year 2

  • Investment.
  • Principles of Insurance.
  • Pension Provision.
  • Financial Services Regulatory Framework. 
  • Income Tax.
  • Statistics for Business.
  • Economics 1:  Micro and Macro Theory and Applications.
  • Personal and Business Lending.
  • Research Skills.
  • Graded Unit 2 Project.

After the course


This course is designed as a pathway to BA Finance Investment and Risk at Glasgow Caledonian University. 


Assessment methods

The HND element of this course is designed around the concept of continuous assessment.  This means you will be continuously working towards, undertaking or preparing for an assessment.  The assessments take the form of practical assessments, assignment and case studies.  You will undertake a Graded Unit Project in each year of the course.  

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    26th Aug 2019, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome