Introduction to Business and Computing
Short Full time, 18 weeks
We live in a digital age where the demand for ICT and digital technology is growing at an incredible pace. With good computing and IT systems now central to every business, organisations are set to become even more driven by technology and data. Every type of business and organisation needs people with administration and IT skills to help it run efficiently. This ranges from small specialist firms to large national companies and government organisations like local councils or the NHS. There are also many different roles available, including administrative, secretarial and supervisory management - so if you invest in some good admin and computing skills now, you could have a great future ahead.
If you’ve got aspirations for a career in business, administration or computing, then this course is a great place to start. For entry to this course you’ll need:
If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please do apply. You'll need to have an interview with us and we may also ask for a reference.
Firstly, you’ll develop your IT skills and knowledge of software such as Microsoft Word and Excel, so you can efficiently carry out a whole range of IT tasks - from creating a spreadsheet or managing a database, to mail merging hundreds of letters.
This course will also introduce you to programming and web design, giving you the skills you need to move on to further study.
You’ll learn skills needed for the day to day running of an office. You’ll develop your ‘front of office’ skills.
On the business side, you’ll begin by learning how businesses work. You’ll look at the different ways they can be set up and explore some of the key areas involved in running a successful business.
Along the way, you’ll practice preparing and making presentations. We’ll also help you develop your skills for employment, such as working as part of a team and creating a CV to get you noticed.
Some students may also have the opportunity to:
Upon completion of this foundation Introduction to Business and Computing course at level 4, successful candidates can progress onto NC Business and Administration Level 5 and Digital Media Level 5 courses across the three campuses within Ayrshire College. Candidates who performed exceptionally well at this level may progress onto NC Administration level 6 or NC Business and Accounting Level 6 courses subject to the approval of the progression panel.