Business, Administration & Computing National 6

What is special about this course?

This course will allow for progression to HNC level study and is made up of 3 distinct pathways: Business, Administration or Computing. You will choose your preferred pathways and undertake those mandatory units along with your choice of units from a list of optional units.

You will receive an introduction to the key aspects of working in administration, business and computing depending on your chosen pathway, 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, Administration and IT or Computing, 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.

If you might have applied for NC Administration or NC Business, this is the course for you.

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.  Ideally you should also have some basic knowledge of computers such as use of email and browsing the Internet. 

This course consists of one NPA and associated units for each pathway, plus a choice of units from any other NPA and a list of additional options to make up 18 credits.

Mandatory for all Pathways:

  • Communication
  • Academic Skills
  • ECDL
  • Guidance

Business - Mandatory:

NPA Business with IT

  • Understanding Business
  • IT in Business WP, SS, DB
  • Management of People & Finance
  • IT Solutions for Administrators

Administration - Mandatory:

NPA Office Skills & Services

  • Front of Office
  • Central Services
  • Researching & Preparing Presentations


  • Audio: An Introduction
  • IT Solutions for Administrators

Computing - Mandatory:

NPA Computer Games Design

  • Computer Games: Design
  • Computer: Media Assets
  • Computer Games: Development


  • IT Solutions for Administrators

Additional optional units will include:

  • Social Media Literacy
  • Medical Terminology: An Introduction
  • Recording Cash Transactions
  • Marketing Basic Principles
  • Economics: Basic Principles
  • Programming for Mobile Devices
  • Computer Website Design & Development
  • Computing: Computer Hardware & Systems
  • Computing: Install & maintain Computer Hardware
  • Computing: Install & Maintain Computer Software

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 an NPA or 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 18-credit course will be guaranteed an interview for their chosen pathway of either HNC Administration and IT, HNC Business or HNC Computing in the next intake. Depending on units chosen, it is possible for you to prepare for more than one HNC, thereby keeping your options open.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

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?


This course allows for study both full time and part time with each pathway containing and NPA and ECDL along with Communications and Academic Skills.

Alternatively, individual NPAs could be followed, and 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 (available from August)

Where can I study my course?

Start date

Please contact your local centre for more information on start dates.


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 UHI courses:

  • HNC Administration and IT
  • HNC Business
  • HNC Computing 

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Argyll College UHI. Argyll College operates 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 age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.