Business, Administration and Marketing NQ Level 5

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, 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 social media and customer service skills, crucial for all relevant career options.

Entry requirements

You should have at least 3 National 4s or equivalent or above.

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 attend an interview.

The course contains 3 NPA (National Progression Award) qualifications.  These are:

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

The unit topics you will study include:

  • IT applications: spreadsheets; databases; touch typing; presentation software, audio typing and word processing
  • Office based duties: reception; processing of business documents, customer service with social media, and organising events
  • Personal development: goal setting and managing time and resources effectively
  • Marketing, understanding business, introduction to human resources and finance
  • Embedded development of core and essential skills
  • Work experience
  • 1 industry qualification in an area of your choice. Options include Emergency First Aid at Work, HR for Business, Personal License Holder and Elementary Food Hygiene.

You will also complete a one week work placement towards the end of the course.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Each week will comprise of scheduled, connected learning time and flexible learning time. You need to commit to both, but you can choose when to complete flexible learning to fit around work, caring and personal commitments.  Some flexible learning must be done on a weekly basis. 

Connected learning is when you learn together with lecturers,students and others. Connected learning happens at a scheduled time in a practical workshop, an online-classroom, a studio, a specialist classroom, the workplace or in the outdoors.

Flexible learning covers lecturer directed learning and self-directed learning.

Lecturer-directed learning is weekly learning activity, for example:
• posting your idea in a discussion forum,
• completing a quiz,
• practising a task, activity or idea
• watching a video or reading,
• discussing and working on a solution with another student,
• researching and gathering information,
• completing an assignment or project-based task.

Self-directed learning is your decision about further study and focus.  We encourage you to take ownership of your learning and areas of interest. You can ask us to help you to determine areas for further development.

Your connected learning will take place in an online-classroom.  This will include a combination of video conferencing, interactive chat and sharing of presentation slides and other visuals. Online-classrooms provide you with real time interaction, contact and discussion with your lecturer and fellow students. We have ten college centres and there may be an option to study some of the time from your local centre. This will depend on social distancing limitations.

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. Most assessments are open book but some will be taken in closed book conditions.

Where can I study my course?

    • Auchtertyre
    • Broadford
    • Fort William
    • Gairloch
    • Kilchoan
    • Kinlochleven
    • Mallaig
    • Portree
    • Strontian
    • Ullapool

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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.


Students may qualify for bursary funding.

Further information on course fees & funding can be found here

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. We have several progression routes for you to consider including HNC Administration and Information Technology  and HNC Business, both of which are networked and can be studied from any of our college centres.

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I’ve been a clerical assistant and I wanted to update and refresh my skills, so I applied for a college course alongside my part time job.

I have grown from being a technophobe to a confident IT user and I am proud of my achievements and would recommend anyone to take that step.

Understanding modern administration, updating my skills and gaining career confidence have been the most important outcomes of this course.

Most importantly, you can keep learning and developing skills no matter when – age is not a barrier.

Natalie Duff

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