Business and Marketing NPA

What is special about this course?

This course allows candidates to learn the fundamental knowledge of business and marketing at their own pace, from the comfort of their own homes, with lecturer support available throughout.

You will learn essential skills for employment and further study. This course is ideal for:

  • Employers who wish their employees to obtain short Continuing Professional Development  courses
  • Mature candidates who may have been out of education for a long period
  • Candidates whose first language is not English
  • Candidates who are currently employed and wish to gain a formal qualification
  • Candidates that are looking to upskill for the workplace.
  • Candidates who wish to learn essential skills in order to work from home

Entry requirements

There are no specific recommended entry requirements for this award, although candidates must demonstrate that they are suited to remote independent learning. Entry is at the discretion of the College, and all candidates will be invited to attend a short interview prior to being offered a place on the course.

During this short course you will study the following units:

  • Management of marketing and operations
  • Marketing: basic principles and applications
  • Understanding business
  • Promoting a business
  • Events organisation

Principal aims:

  • Provide learners with knowledge and skills which are directly relevant to current and/or future practice in the area of Business and Marketing
  • Learners will also be able to broaden knowledge and skills by undertaking study in the following areas: market research, promotion, event organisation, customer care and selling skills
  • Provide opportunities for the learner development of skills and aptitudes that will improve learners’ employment potential and career development within this business area
  • Provide learners with specific business related skills demanded by employers
  • Prepare learners for entry to higher level awards
  • Prepare learners for employment
  • Encourage learners to take charge of their own learning and development


Internet connection and a suitable device with headphones, microphone and camera (minimum spec) is required. Please email us if you have any concerns about connectivity or equipment.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Online

Students will have access to online learning resources over the full academic year, to work through at their own pace. Tutor support will be available on email and by appointment. Students will work to assessment deadlines set by their tutor and have access to a flexible learning environment.

How long will my course last?

34 Weeks

How will I be assessed?

    All assessments will be accessed online and submitted through our virtual classroom.

Where can I study my course?

    Please note, UHI West Highland will be changing its name to UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study.

Start date

September 2023


This course costs £200


This course is currently approved for Individual Training Account (ITA) funding from Skills Development Scotland but this may be subject to change. For up to date information and to find out if you're eligible please contact

What can I do on completion of my course?

You may wish to continue to study on our Business HNC or look for further employment.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Business and Marketing NPA

I want to start in 2023/24

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI West Highland. Please note, UHI West Highland will be changing its name to UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study. UHI West Highland operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.