Business, Marketing and Tourism NQ

What is special about this course?

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

Designed for the modern work environment, this course will give you an excellent grounding in business and marketing approaches, business technologies, and travel and tourism subjects, whilst also incorporating important finance and communication 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 Travel and Tourism
  • NPA PC Passport

The unit topics you will study include:

  • Understanding business
  • Marketing - basic principles and management
  • IT units covering: word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and databases
  • Customer service skills, including social media skills
  • Management skills
  • Event organisation
  • Recording cash transactions
  • Travel - covering industry and products
  • Tourism – including the Scottish industry

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

You normally need to commit to 18 hours per week (2-3 days) of blended learning time consisting of timetabled learning and personal study. Timetabled learning will take place from Wednesday to Friday. 

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. 

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

How long will my course last?

34 Weeks

How will I be assessed?

    Assessments will be a mixture of practical tasks, written tasks and reports, and observations.

    Almost all assessments are open book, but a small number will be taken in closed book conditions.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

Late August/Early September 


Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please read our Fees & Funding information pages for more information regarding residency, previous study and bursary rates. Please contact if you have any further questions.

Rest of UK students : For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), with a term-time address in Scotland, studying full time, the course fee is £5,800.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) or not. However you must complete an application even if you know that you're not entitled to EMA.

If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.


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 or tourism sectors, as well as providing a good platform to continue onto further study both here and further afield including:

Both of these courses are networked and can be studied from any of our college centres or from home.

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in 2021/22

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at West Highland College UHI. West Highland College 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.