PC Passport NPA

What is special about this course?

This part time qualification allows you to study IT across 3 different software, from home or work, as CPD. 

The NPA provides learners with up-to-date knowledge and skills in a range of popular IT software, using Office 365. Learners will improve skills in word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software, preparing them for employment and further study. 

Entry requirements

No formal requirements, however, it is expected that candidates can demonstrate some ICT skills training at level 5. This may be through the achievement of relevant National Units or employment experience.

This NPA contains 3 SQA units covering the following subjects: 

  • Word Processing 
  • Presentations 
  • Spreadsheets 


You will need to have access to a device which supports the use of Office 365, and has both speaker and microphone ability.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Online

Option of Flexible learning through listening to lesson recordings and accessing learning materials released weekly at a time that suits you and/or attendance of live classes. 

How long will my course last?

17 Weeks

January - June 2023, 8 hours per week

How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed through a mixture of written and practical assessment tasks, some of which may be closed book.

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

January 2023



For the January 2023 intake, the above course fee will be fully funded by the college for people ordinarily resident in Scotland.


A Fee Waiver or funding of up to £200 could be available to help with payment of course fees, depending on your personal circumstances.

This support will be available for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. To be eligible, you must have income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits.

You will also not be undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

Travel expenses are available if you live 2 miles or more away from the centres providing this course. 

Please contact your local college centre for more information about eligibility, or call us on 01397 874000.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You may wish to progress to one of our other related NPA courses: 

This course may allow access to our full time courses in Business Administration, or work based SVQ qualifications. 

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I want to start in JAN 2023

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.