Business, Administration and Marketing NQ

What is special about this course?

This course is for anyone wishing to embark on a career, or progress to further study, in Business, Administration or Marketing.

Designed for the modern work environment, this course will give you an excellent grounding in administration technologies, business and marketing approaches, whilst also incorporating important finance and customer service skills, crucial for all relevant career options.

During your course, we introduce you to using a range of digital technologies, which will help you get the most from your course and at the same time develop your digital skills.  Find out more about key computing skills and essential student skills



Entry requirements

Ideally students will have achieved at least 3 National 5s including English or another literary subject.  Some basic IT skills would be an advantage.

If you don't meet our entry requirements, your previous experience may still qualify you for this course. Mature students will be considered on merit. All candidates will be invited to an information event.

The course contains 4 NPA Qualifications.  These are:

  • NPA Business with Information Technology
  • NPA Business with Marketing
  • NPA Administration: Information Technology and Audio
  • NPA PC Passport

The unit topics you will study include:

  • Understanding business
  • Marketing basic principles
  • IT units covering: word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and databases
  • Customer service skills, incl social media skills
  • Management skills
  • Event organisation
  • Recording cash transactions
  • Audio and e-touch typing skills

More than just your subject

Imagine coming out of college with your subject qualification PLUS a portfolio of skills endorsed by employers. That’s exactly what you will get with us. Our skills+ portfolio is part of your full-time course. You will develop skills in digital literacy, entrepreneurship, metaskills, work-readiness, net-zero, wellbeing, and the skills you need for your future aspirations. Our skills+ portfolio becomes your portfolio to take away with you. Whilst studying your subject you will build your skills+ portfolio and gain confidence and resilience along the way.


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?

  • Full Time
  • Online

You normally need to commit to 18 hours per week of blended learning time consisting of timetabled learning and personal study. Timetabled learning will place from Wednesday to Friday.

The four NPAs that are part of this full time course, can be taken as individual courses and studied part time. For more information: Subjects - Business and Administration

Timetabled learning will take place in an online classroom where you connect and interact with your lecturer and classmates using with video, voice and text chat.  You will also complete regular and flexible personal study which most students choose to do from home.

How long will my course last?

34 Weeks

How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed by means of a combination of practical tasks and open and closed book assessments throughout the year. You may have to attend a college centre or other exam centre for some of these – we can discuss this with you on application.

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, subject to Scottish Government approval. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study.

Start date

Late August/Early September


For the latest information on fees please see our Fees & Funding information pages.


A Bursary may be available if you study this course full-time. Please contact contact our Admissions team.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This qualification could be your start to a successful career in many business sectors, as well as providing a good platform to continue onto further study both here and further afield including:

Both of these courses are taught in a live online classroom and can be studied from any of our college centres or from home.

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I have worked and become qualified in the care sector for sixteen years. Throughout the pandemic I felt I needed a change of career. I wanted to enhance my knowledge and digital skills in the business sector. I felt this course would be beneficial in improving my transferable skills, gain a recognised qualification and keep up to date with my professional development.

I would highly recommend this course.  Whether you’re just starting out and looking for career options or wanting to improve your digital or office skills. The best thing for me was how it has improved my confidence.  I would normally avoid using Excel, PowerPoint etc however I’ve loved using these. We’ve had amazing support from the lecturers. The course was perfect being online as I could be at home with my son, as well as study, home school and everything in-between.  

I would like to continue studying part-time and I’m considering applying for HNC Business.

Alena McFall

I chose to do this course as the content was super relevant to the modern workplace and it contained skills that will help me develop. I have enjoyed it immensely especially the variety of different subjects such as Office packages, Human Resources, and Promoting a Business. There is something for everyone.

The lecturers on the course were really accommodating towards my personal needs and they went over and above to make sure they supported every student on the course get through the year. I managed to carry on working while studying.

Upon completion of NQ Business, Administration and Marketing, I would like to study HNC Administration and Information Technology. The skills that I have gained from completing this course have been invaluable and will help me to build a career.

Amber Johnstone

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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, subject to Scottish Government approval. 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.