Statistics for Business SCQF Level 8

Learn to use basic statistical and graphical techniques for business use.


Why take this course?

It is widely recognised that statistics play an essential part in planning, control and communication within an organisation. This Unit is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills for further study or employment in an administrative or IT environment, and will introduce you to statistical concepts and descriptive statistics commonly used in business. It is an optional Unit within HNC/HND Administration and Information Technology courses, but is also included within other HN Group Awards or can be taken as a stand-alone unit. For further information on this course, please visit the SQA website.

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

What you will experience

This Unit will provide you with an underpinning knowledge and the skills required to use basic statistical and graphical techniques to assist with these management functions and your ability to address business problems.

Outcome 1 will enable you to develop an understanding of statistical terms, source relevant published statistical data and demonstrate statistical techniques associated with collecting your own data for business purposes.

Outcome 2 builds on these skills by allowing you to analyse, present and interpret data to assist with improving business effectiveness and efficiency.

Outcome 3 will enable you to develop and demonstrate an understanding of relationships that may exist between data to assist you with business planning and control activities.

The skills required in this Unit underpin the vocational relevance of your course and use a mixture of assessment instruments. These will build on your skills for researching, evaluating and interpreting data and communicating information. This unit is assessed through three separate assessments. In order to complete the unit successfully, you will be required to achieve a satisfactory level of performance in all 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 if candidates have basic skills in numeracy and in the use of appropriate IT software. This could be demonstrated by possessing one of the following (or equivalent): 

  • Core Skill Numeracy at SCQF level 5
  • Core Skill Information and Communication Technology at SCQF level 5
  • NQ Unit DM3R 11: Information Technology for Administrators
  • HN Unit F84V 34 IT in Business: Spreadsheets

What you will need

Access to Microsoft Excel is required. 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




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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