Business with Information Technology NPA

What is special about this course?

This NPA (National Progression Award) will develop your problem solving and information technology skills. It will enable you to be more confident in the use of software application packages for administrative and business purposes. It will also develop your awareness of issues facing organisations in today’s contemporary business society. Depending on the optional units studied, you will develop knowledge and understanding of a specialist business area (marketing, customer care, economics, accounting or law). As a result, you should be able to progress in education, find suitable employment or progress within your current job role.

Entry requirements

As this NPA is at SCQF level 5, candidates may be expected to have groupings of relevant Units at SCQF level 4 and/or any relevant National Qualifications. Relevant employment experience could be used as an entry qualification in some cases.

The course consists of a total of 4 SQA credits, or 24 SCQF credit points. The overall course is at level SCQF 5, but one component unit may be at level 6 (noted below). There is one mandatory unit:

  • Understanding Business – level 5 or 6

You will also study one unit from the following business options:

  • Management of People and Finance
  • Skills for Customer Care
  • Marketing: Basic Principles
  • Market Operations and the Scottish Economy

And two units from the following information technology options:

  • PC Passport: IT Software — Spreadsheets and Database
  • PC Passport: IT Software — Word Processing and Presenting Information
  • PC Passport: Internet and Online Communication

The choice of units will be according to timetable constraints, and not all units will be available in every location.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

The course is classroom based, and some elements will be delivered by videoconference.

How long will my course last?

The course will require a total of 160 hours of study, and would normally be completed within one academic year.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

It is usually possible to start this course in either January or August.  Please contact your local centre for more details on course start dates.


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


The fee for this course will be for 4 NQ single credits

What can I do on completion of my course?

You may wish to progress to NC Business at level 5, which is a full-time course. Alternatively you can study a number of units from the full-time course on a part-time basis.

Is there more information available online?

QR Code - scan to visit course page

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Business with Information Technology NPA

To enrol, or for further information on this course, please contact your local UHI Argyll Centre

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Argyll. UHI Argyll 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.