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  • Start date:   August 2019
  • Level of Qualification:   Schools - SCQF Level 6
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    SCQF Level:   05


This course allows you to develop skills and knowledge in business administration relevant to all sectors: public, private and charitable sector. It’s a great way to close the gap between the classroom and the workplace, and to find out more about the world of work.

A qualification in business skills could lead to jobs such as administrative assistant, purchasing manager, management consultant, company secretary, human resources officer, local government officer, receptionist and project manager.

Duration: 1 or 2 years

One year option (available to 6th years)
Tuesday and Thursday 1:30pm-4:30pm
Placement 1 day per week
Some Friday pm attendance

Two year option (available to 5th years)
Tuesday and Thursday 1:30pm-4:30pm (year 1)
Placement 1 day per week (year 2)
Some Friday pm attendance

  • What the course includes

    • Understand business
    • Manage people and finance
    • PC Passport: working with IT software – word processing and presenting information
    • PC Passport: working with IT software – spreadsheet and database
    • Contemporary business issues
    • Plan how to manage and improve own performance in a business environment
    • Communicate in a business environment
    • Design and produce documents in a business environment
    • Support other people to work in a business environment

Why choose this course

  • You will work directly with employers through industry talks, visits and placements
  • You will receive expert guidance and support from our skilled teaching team
  • You will develop core skills valued by employers: communication, problem solving, working with others, time management

Entry requirements

  • National 5 maths and English and preferably a business subject
  • Where the course leads

    Education: Modern Apprenticeship in business administration, HND business year 1, HND accounting year 1 at West Lothian College, progression to degree-level study within similar subject areas.

    Employment: qualification and experience for relevant work and good insight into other business-related subjects, such as digital marketing, procurement, supply chain management and enterprise.

Interview arrangements

We will invite you for an informal interview: you should plan to be in college for around three hours. The format includes attending a short presentation and interview with the teaching team. 

For the interview, we ask you to prepare a written task on one-side of an A4 document (summary/poster/presentation) on the topic: choose a business person and describe why they are successful (or not).

At the interview, we will invite you to speak for between one and two minutes on this topic and to give examples. We will then ask you a few questions.

We will also ask you to complete a short piece of work checking your skills in communication, numeracy and IT.

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.