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  • Start date:   August 2021
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 5


This course is the ideal starting point for a career in the business world, providing students with progression opportunities onto further study and into employment.

Learning will focus on the development of your business, enterprise, ICT and communication skills whilst providing you with hands on business experience through business simulation and work placement.

Experienced lecturers with a wide range of industry experience will support and guide you throughout the course.

Read about Awi Macdougall's West Lothian College experience here

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    What the course includes

    The course includes:

    • Management of marketing and operations
    • Understanding business
    • Work placement
    • Information and communications technology (ICT)
    • Enterprise activity
    • Developing skills for employment
    • UK economy

Why choose this course

You will get the chance to meet employers and learn about job opportunities; do work experience one day a week in block two of the course; explore your entrepreneurial skills through projects; and gain important skills, including ICT skills.

Entry requirements

  • National 4/Standard Grades/Intermediate 1 in communication (or similar) or relevant work experience
  • Commitment to learning, self-motivation and teamwork
  • Microsoft Excel skills (we will check these at interview and, if you need to learn these, we will offer you a place on our summer school to do this before the course starts)

What to include in your College Application Statement? Check out our guidance here: College Application statement guidance.

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    Where it leads

    Education: Business Management level 6.

    Employment: In the business, administration or sales sectors.

Interview arrangements

If you are invited for an interview for this course, plan to be in college for around three hours. We ask you to prepare a written task at home before the interview and to bring this with you on the day. The task is to choose a business person and describe the reasons for them being successful (or not). You should prepare a one-sided A4 document (summary/poster/presentation) and bring it with you to the interview. If you need help with this, please contact us by emailing

The interview involves:

  • Presentation from the course lecturer
  • Interview with the lecturer and another course tutor
  • Speaking about the task you prepared for a couple of minutes; followed by some questions from the interviewers
  • Short piece of work checking your skills in communication, numeracy and IT

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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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.