Business Skills

Course Information

Every type of business and organisation needs people with business 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.  If you invest in some good business and IT skills now, you could have a great future ahead!

You can choose a Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills as one of your school subject choices. The course takes 1 year to complete, in S5 or S6.

You’ll spend part of your week at college and also go out on work experience. And don’t worry about getting to and from college/employer – all your transport will be organised and paid for too.

This course lets you find out what a career in business would really be like - and if it’s right for you.

It includes:

  • A National Progression Award (NPA) in Business Skills (SCQF level 6)
  • A Contemporary Business Issues unit
  • Four units of an SVQ in Business and Administration (SCQF level 6)

NPA in Business Skills will cover the following topics:

  • Understanding Business
  • Management of People and Finance
  • PC Passport: Working with IT Software – Word Processing and Presenting Information
  • PC Passport: Working with IT Software – Spreadsheet and Database
  • Contemporary Business Issues
  • Work Placement

You’ll complete the units of your SVQ in Business and Administration mainly in the workplace, as part of your placement. You’ll learn how to:

  • Plan, manage and improve your own performance in a business environment
  • Communicate in a business environment
  • Support other people to work in a business environment
  • Design and produce documents in a business environment

Your Foundation Apprenticeship will also help you to develop core skills valued by employers, particularly:

  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Working with others
  • Time management 

These transferable skills are necessary for working in a range of other related jobs.


Applications open January 2019

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Business Skills 

Kilwinning Campus 


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