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  • Start date:   August 2021
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 6


The business course helps you develop the necessary knowledge and skills required for working in the modern business world and for progression onto HNC and degree level study.

Content covered includes core business subjects, accounts, human resource management, marketing, economics, research skills, communication and ICT. Development of employability skills is central to this course, with the opportunity to complete a work placement and engage with local employers.

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

Read about Ben Snodgrass' West Lothian College experience here

Business student Leanne Armit describes her college experience in this video

  • What the course includes

    The course covers core business subjects, accounts, human resource management, marketing, economics, research skills and IT business applications.

Why choose this course

The course prepares you for progress to Higher National and degree levels. You also gain skills which employers are looking for in information technology, communication, numeracy, problem solving, working with others, enterprise and employability. You will develop work experience through placements.

Entry requirements

  • National 5 business management or relevant NQ/NC units or
  • National 5 in English or communication or
  • National 5 information technology or relevant NQ/NC units
  • Commitment to learning
  • 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)

We encourage students with relevant work experience to apply.

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    Where it leads

    Education: HNC business, HNC events or HNC accounting

    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. If you need help with this, please contact us.

The task is to speak about a project you've been involved in: a business project, but it could be one from school, work, volunteering or home life if you've not yet had the opportunity of employment.

To get ready before the interview, you should decide which project to talk about. You should also prepare visual aids (summary/poster/presentation) and bring it with you to the interview.

The interview involves:

  • Presentation from the course lecturer
  • Interview with the lecturer and another course tutor
  • Speaking about the task you prepared for two to three 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.