Access to HN Business, Administration and IT National 5

What is special about this course?

You will receive an introduction to the key aspects of working in administration and business, and learn important skills that will prepare you for higher-level study. This course is suitable for those who wish to undertake HNC study in Business or Administration and IT, and who do not have the usual minimum entry qualification for HN courses. Successful completion of this course will guarantee you an interview for one of these programmes.

Alternatively, this course would be ideal for those who wish to develop study and IT skills for entry to a full-time NC Computing course.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for the course, although students should ideally have achieved SCQF level 4 in Communication or Literacy core skills.  You should also have some basic knowledge of computers such as use of email and browsing the Internet.

You will be required to attend an interview.

This course consists of the following units, from which you will select 9:

  • Handling Business Documents
  • Communication core skill level 4/5
  • Researching and Preparing Presentations
  • Skills for Customer Care
  • Word Processing
  • IT Solutions for Administrators
  • Social Media Literacy
  • Programming for Mobile Devices
  • Economics: an Introduction
  • Marketing: Basic Principles
  • Management of People and Finance

You will also learn important academic skills for higher-level study, such as note-taking, time management and basic research skills.

Part-time students may choose one or more units to study, but will need to access funding for their studies through ILA, fee waiver or direct payment of unit fees.

Those successfully completing the 9-credit course will be guaranteed an interview for the HNC Administration and IT course in the next intake.

Students who achieve the 3 units Economics: an Introduction, Marketing: Basic Principles and Management of People and Finance amongst their 9 units will additionally be eligible for an interview for HNC Business. These 3 units also represent ideal preparation as a part-time course for those who have at least one Scottish Higher at C or above but have never studied business as a subject.

How will I study my course?

    The course will be delivered according to a timetable of 9 classes per week over approximately 3 days, although days and times will vary according to your choice of units. There will be extensive use of online resources to enhance delivery of the course. All units will be taught using video conferencing facilities, to allow students from any Argyll College centre to join the course. This allows you to benefit from the experiences and knowledge of specialist tutors wherever they are located, and creates a larger and more diverse student group for vibrant class discussions.

    How long will my course last?

    Starting at the end of January, this short full-time course is taught over one semester, for approximately 3 days per week.  You will complete 9 units from the selection available.  Alternatively, every unit of the course can be studied on an individual basis.  Each unit usually requires attendance for approximately 2 hours per week over the semester, but this can vary for some units. Please ask staff in your local centre for timetable details.

    Where can I study my course?

    Start date

    The course will start on 29th January 2018.


    For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Following successful completion of this course, students may progress to one of the following Argyll College courses:

    • HNC Administration and IT
    • HNC Business
    • NC Computing with Digital Media at level 5

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