Business Level 5 NQ

What is special about this course?

Designed for the modern work environment, this course will give you an excellent grounding in information technologies, business and marketing approaches, social media and event organisation. 

You will also develop important employability skills, crucial for all relevant career options. 

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. Applicants should be 16 years or older on the start date of the course.

This course is made up of 3 NPA awards: 

  • Digital Passport NPA

This award covers the basics of using data in the workplace, how to do presentations, and understanding social media. 

  • Enterprise and Employability NPA

This award will develop your employability skills through studying units such as customer care, working with others, enterprise skills and personal development.

  • Business and Marketing NPA

This award will introduce you to the current practices within Business and Marketing, covering topics such as management of people and finance, marketing operations, promoting a business, and event organisation. 

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Your course will generally be a mix of local centre-based learning time, and flexible learning time. You need to commit to both, but you can choose when to complete flexible learning to fit around work, caring and personal commitments. 

You will attend your local centre to learn together with your lecturers and fellow classmates in an online classroom. As well as having fellow students with you in your local centre, you may also connect with students in our other locations.

Our courses include a combination of video conferencing (like a Zoom call), interactive chat and sharing of presentation slides and other visuals. Online-classrooms provide you with real time interaction, contact and discussion with your lecturer and fellow students, so it’s a much richer experience than purely online learning.


How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

The course will run approximately 3 days per week from August - May

Where can I study my course?

    • Arran Learning Centre
    • Campbeltown Hazelburn Learning Centre
    • Dunoon Learning Centre
    • Helensburgh Learning Centre
    • Islay Learning Centre
    • Lochgilphead Learning Centre
    • Oban Learning Centre
    • Rothesay Learning Centre

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What can I do on completion of my course?

When you’ve successfully completed this course, you can move on to study Level 6 Business courses and potentially study at a higher level later on, with courses such as:

  • HNC Administration and Information Technology  
  • HNC Business 
  • BA Event Management (following HNC) 

This qualification could be your start to a successful career in many business sectors.

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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.