International Certificate in Business ( SCQF Level 7 )


36 Weeks

Mode of Study


Credits Awarded


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36 - weeks

Mode of Study


Start Date

January 2022

Credits Awarded



The ISDC International Certificate in Business qualification has been credit rated by the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) of Scotland at Level 7 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) with 120 allocated SCQF credits. This enable students to progress to relevant undergraduate programmes of study in compliance with the entry requirements of individual universities in the UK with Credit Exemptions. In addition, the qualifications is at Level 4 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

Level 7 is widely considered as the Second year of the Undergraduate study and after Level 7 ; students are accepted for entering in to the Second Year of the Undergraduate Degree .

Please see a link to the SCQF database form where you can access the ISDC qualification information .

The SQA is the national awarding body in Scotland responsible for the development, accreditation, assessment, and certification and awarding of qualifications other than University Degrees. SQA was established by the Education (Scotland) Act 1996 which is an act of Parliament and as such is responsible to the Scottish Government.

As an internationally recognised awarding body many of the qualifications that are quality assured and certificated by SQA are accepted by UK and International Universities for advanced entry and/or credit transfer into Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes. Additionally, the UK University sector are important stakeholders of SQA who are integral to the development and validation of a range of SQA qualifications which can facilitate progression pathways to University

Entry Requirements​

If you have achieved 12 years of formal education. 

If you have completed other comparable programmes awarded by other recognised regulated awarding bodies or local equivalents. ISDC will consider your educational achievements, your work experience and your motivation to make a decision on your entry to the programme.

As all our programmes are delivered and assessed via assignments to be written in English, you will need to be highly competent in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking in the same.

Most importantly, you need to be motivated, willing and able to manage your own time so that you successfully complete the required study hours and the assessments required.

You will be able to avail exemptions for Level 7, if you have achieved credits from a University within the last 5 years, in comparable business-related subjects.

Non-Standard Entry for Mature Students

A Non-Standard Entry is when an applicant does not meet the standard entry requirements but demonstrates life/work skills that qualify for this level of business studies, in such cases, ISDC will consider the applicant’s entry to the programme, based on a personal statement detailing their previous work and life experience.

This Non-Standard entry often applies to mature applicants, who may have been away from education for a while or did not have the chance to complete their studies before. This programme is a learner’s chance to get back into education and ultimately enhance their career.

Multiple Entry Points

With the admissions being open almost every month, SCQF Level 7 – International Certificate in Business from ISDC allows the learner to enter the programme at any time during the year. The programme comprises of 6 modules which can be taken in any order and the module you start with will depend on the month in which you start.

Programme Structure

The programme curriculum is structured into 6 modules each carrying a credit of 20 points. Each module takes 6 weeks to complete and is delivered online by our Ph.D qualified lecturers, according to a schedule as well as in the learner’s prefered time and pace. Towards the end of each module, the learner must submit an assignment – not an exam.

Each module is separately assessed through a variety of modes in order to enable you to demonstrate your acquired skills, knowledge and competencies. The learner will receive credits and progress to the next module once the assignment is successfully completed.

Principles of Business Management
Marketing Management
Personal and Professional Development
Talent Management
Business Economics
Fundamentals of Business Accounting
Credits Awarded: 120

Learning Path

Fees & Funding

International Certificate in Business (SCQF Level 7) : £1000*

*This fees is fully inclusive of all costs, including all teaching materials, core textbooks & assessments.


ISDC SQA Level 7 International Certificate in Business is the first part of a two-stage (approximately 36-week programme). On successful completion of the qualification, you will be able to progress to ISDC’s SCQF Level 8 – International Specialised Diploma in Business. The ISDC’s SCQF Level 7 is a 120 credit programme that may also be completed as a standalone qualification.

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