Managing People & Organisations SCQF Level 7

Study the management of people, processes and practices within an organisational context.


Why take this course?

This Unit is offered to those working towards completion of the HNC Accounting course. It will introduce you to the nature of leadership, approaches to management and factors that affect both individual and team performance. You will gain a good understanding of the different approaches to managing an organisation in today's dynamic and complex business environment, and will enable anyone intending to work in an administrative, commercial or management role to important theories - in turn, giving you the skills and knowledge needed to evaluate organisational effectiveness. 

On successful completion you will be able to identify and apply a knowledge of organisational, management and leadership theory and practice to a range of given situations. For further information on this course, please visit the SQA website

Credit points and level: 2 HN credits at SCQF level 7: (16 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7)

What you will experience

The Unit should provide you with an understanding of the theories behind management, organisation and employee performance - specifically focusing on how you should apply these theories to organisational situations. To assist your overall understanding, earlier theories and models will be described. Concentration will be placed on more modern approaches however, and ideas that review the management styles and roles regarded as necessary for organisations of the 21st century. The unit will also explain the alternative methods by which work organisations can be structured. 

Assessment may take place on an open-book basis with structured questions based on stimulus materials requiring candidates to produce a written or oral response.

Student writing

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

You should possess good communication skills, perhaps shown through successful completion of Core Skill Communication at SCQF level 5 or equivalent.

What you will need

Students are responsible for securing any 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


At North East Scotland College

This is a mandatory unit within HNC/HND Business Group Award or may be part of other HN group awards as optional or stand alone HN unit. 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 either in the profession or in industry and gain the relevant work experience to achieve full membership. 



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
80 Hours over 12 Months £250.00
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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