Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

Foundation Apprenticeships are work-based qualifications for senior phase pupils which combine the best of academic and vocational learning in one single qualification. Most colleges and universities accept this as equivalent to a Higher.

As a business administrator or budding manager, you’ll have a highly transferable set of knowledge and skills that can be applied in all sectors. 

Administration, management and leadership are key and complimentary business skills that modern businesses value. Employers will want you to demonstrate high levels of technical ability, alongside “soft” skills such as communication, problem solving, adaptability, teamwork, planning and organisation.  

If you have the right set of knowledge skills and behaviours, you can apply them in all sectors: small and large businesses, from private, public and charitable sectors – these skills offer you a world of career choices.

Entry requirements

You should have a good level of English and maths, be a good problem-solver and communicator, and ideally be studying a business subject.  It is desirable that you have or are working towards Nat 5 English, have Nat 4 Maths and have knowledge of Microsoft packages. You will be invited for an interview.

You will complete a National Progression Award (NPA) in Business Skills at SCQF Level 6. This consists of the following units:

  • Understanding Business
  • Management of People and Finance
  • PC Passport: Working with IT Software – Word processing and presenting information
  • PC Passport: Working with IT Software – Spreadsheets and Databases
  • Contemporary Business Issues
  • Work Placement Unit

You also spend time with an employer, completing 4 SVQ work-based units:

  • Plan how to manage and improve your own performance in a business environment
  • Communicate in a business environment
  • Support other people to work in a business environment
  • Design and produce documents in a business environment

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Argyll

Start date

In most schools this course will start in June.


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful completion of the Foundation Apprenticeship could provide progression to:

  • Modern Apprenticeship in Business Administration
  • HNC Business,
  • HNC Administration and Information Technology

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This course is part of our schools-link senior phase programme and is embedded in your option choices at school. If this course is offered by your school speak to your Guidance Teacher and request an application form.

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.