Entrepreneurial Skills NPA

What is special about this course?

This NPA (National Progression Award) will provide you with employability and enterprise knowledge and skills. It will improve your opportunities for progression into employment, but also provide an awareness of self-employment options. Alternatively, your improved IT and study skills may give you the confidence to consider further education or training in a specific vocational field, should that be your preferred route.

If you lack basic IT and study skills, or are not sure of your future career path, or if you want to start your own business but lack the basic knowledge of how to go about it, this is the course for you.

Entry requirements

Applicants should ideally possess Communication core skill at SCQF level 3 or above, and the ability to use a computer for very basic tasks.

However, entry to the course will be based on successful interview, and each applicant will be considered on an individual basis.

The course consists of a total of 9.5 SQA credits, or 57 SCQF credit points. The overall course is at level SCQF 5, but 2 component units are at level 4.

The course provides you will the opportunity to develop personal attributes of employability such as CV writing, interview skills, customer service and IT skills, which will prepare you for work in any field. It will also promote entrepreneurial skills such as developing a business idea, business planning, job costing and cashflow planning – skills and knowledge that could help you start your own business, or provide underpinning knowledge for further study in a business-related subject.

You will study the following topics:

  • Personal Development: Self and Work
  • Preparing to Work
  • Working for Yourself
  • Enterprise
  • Customer Service Skills for the Entrepreneur (level 4)
  • Financial Skills for Small Businesses: Introduction (level 4)
  • Information Literacy including use of the Internet
  • Word Processing
  • Social Media including Marketing

On successful completion of all course units you will be awarded NPA Enterprise and Employability SCQF level 5, as well as 10 individual unit awards.

How will I study my course?

    The course is classroom based and fully taught, supported through a blend of videoconference and online materials.

    How long will my course last?

    The course will require 17 hours’ study per week, over 18 weeks

    Where can I study my course?

    Start date

    The course starts in January. Please contact your local centre for more details on course start dates.


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


    This short full-time course is eligible for bursary funding, subject to applicants satisfying the usual criteria

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    The course will prepare you for employment in any non-skilled capacity, or for self-employment if you already possess appropriate skills in your chosen field.

    If you wish to continue study, you may wish to progress to a vocational course at SCQF level 5 or a further business course such as Business, Administration and Computing SCQF level 6.

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    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.