Information Technology in Business PDA

What is special about this course?

The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Information Technology in Business at SCQF level 7 delivers the skills and knowledge needed for a range of administrative roles. It has particular emphasis on the use of IT within a business environment.

Special features

  • This course will enable you to develop technical and administrative knowledge relevant to current administrative practice.
  • You will develop skills and knowledge of word processing and presentation packages to aid business communication.
  • You will develop an understanding of database management software and the application of databases to aid business decision making.
  • This course will allow you to develop an understanding of spreadsheets and their use in providing solutions to business problems and to develop skills using technology in an administration role and prepare candidates for employment in an administration role.

Entry requirements

  • Communication and IT skills to SCQF level 5 or equivalent or
  • Relevant business or IT NC/SVQ qualification or
  • Relevant work experience

Access routes

SVQ Business and Administration

Year 1 - PDA

Three units (32 SCQF credits in total):

  • IT in Business — Word Processing and Presentation Applications
  • IT in Business — Databases
  • IT in Business — Spreadsheets


How will I study my course?

  • Part Time (Structured)
  • Distance learning (at some campuses)

For information on how you will study this course please contact the campus you wish to study with.

How long will my course last?

  • Part Time  - up to one year

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Perth College UHI
  • Shetland College UHI - Learning centres only
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January
  • Other start dates may be available in some locations. For information on other start dates, and how to apply for them, please contact the campus where you wish to study.


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

The full PDA is 32 SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework) credits. Fees are shown below by SCQF credit. See the course content page for details of the individual units available:

Full PDA £344 £344*
Part-time (SCQF credit) £10.75 £10.75

*The Scotland/EU fee rate is set by the Scottish Government and will be confirmed by March 2020.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) or are assessed for fee status as rest of the UK (RUK):

Full PDA £1792 tbc
Part-time (SCQF credit) £56 tbc

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union or are assessed for fee status as international (INT) the following fees apply:

Full PDA £1,828 tbc
Part-time (SCQF credit) £57 tbc

Note: this course is not eligible for Tier 4 sponsored international students.


Students may be eligible to apply for a Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) Part-time Fee Grant to cover some of the tuition fee cost. 

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course you might like to consider applying for office-related jobs.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress on to our HNC Business courses.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Information Technology in Business PDA

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2020 or Aug/Sep 2020 or Jan/Feb 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate 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 gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.