Business Administration and Marketing SCQF 6 (study from anywhere) NQ

What is special about this course?

This full time qualification allows you to study business administration and marketing from home or at your local college centre.

Designed for the modern work environment, the course will give you an excellent grounding in administration technologies, business and marketing approaches, whilst also incorporating important finance and customer service skills, crucial for all relevant career options.

During your course, we introduce you to using a range of digital technologies, which will help you get the most from your course and at the same time develop your digital skills.  Find out more about key computing skills and essential student skills.

Lecturers deliver classes live via an online virtual classroom, making the course content accessible from anywhere with an internet connection.

Throughout the course, you will be assessed by means of a combination of individual practical tasks, group work, and open and closed book assessments. You may have to attend a college centre or other exam centre for some of these. This can be discussed with you on application.

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications are required.

  • you should demonstrate an interest in this subject area
  • you should demonstrate some ICT skills equivalent to SCQF level 5
    This may be through the achievement of relevant qualifications, previous employment or voluntary experience.
  • you will need basic computing skills to access your online classroom
  • students should be at least 16 at the start of their course
  • mature students are very welcome

We’ll be inviting applicants by email to attend course information sessions prior to the course starting. We urge you to come along if at all possible.

The course contains 4 NPA Qualifications.  These are:

  • NPA Business with Information Technology
  • NPA Business with Marketing
  • NPA Administration: Information Technology and Audio
  • NPA PC Passport

The unit topics you will study include:

  • Understanding Business level 5 
  • Understanding Business level 6
  • Management of People and Finance  
  • Word Processing 
  • Spreadsheets 
  • Management of Marketing and Operations
  • Marketing: Basic Principles and Applications
  • Skills for Customer Care
  • Events Organisation
  • IT Solutions for Administrators
  • Word Processing
  • Audio: An Introduction
  • Presentations
  • Communications
  • Computing: Academic Skills
  • Recording Cash Transactions
  • Skills +

More than just your subject

Imagine coming out of college with your subject qualification PLUS a portfolio of skills endorsed by employers. That’s exactly what you will get with us. Our skills+ portfolio is part of your full-time course. You will develop skills in digital literacy, entrepreneurship, metaskills, work-readiness, net-zero, wellbeing, and the skills you need for your future aspirations. Our skills+ portfolio becomes your portfolio to take away with you. Whilst studying your subject you will build your skills+ portfolio and gain confidence and resilience along the way.


Internet connection and a suitable device with headphones, microphone and camera (minimum spec) is required. Please email us if you have any concerns about connectivity or equipment.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Online

Attendance of weekly live online classes and accessing learning materials through our virtual learning environment.

How long will my course last?

34 Weeks

3 days of classes and 1 day of suggested study per week.

Where can I study my course?

    • Study from anywhere including your local campus or centre

Start date



Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.


A Bursary may be available if you study this course full-time. Please contact contact our Admissions team.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Completion may allow access to our full and part-time HE Business and Admin courses, or work-based SVQ qualifications.

  • HNC Business 
  • HNC Administration and Information Technology 
  • PDA Book-keeping 
  • PDA Office Administration  
  • PDA Information Technology in Business 
  • Business - Work-based learning and Modern Apprenticeships 

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I have worked and become qualified in the care sector for sixteen years. Throughout the pandemic I felt I needed a change of career. I wanted to enhance my knowledge and digital skills in the business sector. I felt this course would be beneficial in improving my transferable skills, gain a recognised qualification and keep up to date with my professional development.

I would highly recommend this course.  Whether you’re just starting out and looking for career options or wanting to improve your digital or office skills. The best thing for me was how it has improved my confidence.  I would normally avoid using Excel, PowerPoint etc however I’ve loved using these. We’ve had amazing support from the lecturers. The course was perfect being online as I could be at home with my son, as well as study, home school and everything in-between.  

I would like to continue studying part-time and I’m considering applying for HNC Business.

Alena McFall

I chose to do this course as the content was super relevant to the modern workplace and it contained skills that will help me develop. I have enjoyed it immensely especially the variety of different subjects such as Office packages, Human Resources, and Promoting a Business. There is something for everyone.

The lecturers on the course were really accommodating towards my personal needs and they went over and above to make sure they supported every student on the course get through the year. I managed to carry on working while studying.

Upon completion of NQ Business, Administration and Marketing, I would like to study HNC Administration and Information Technology. The skills that I have gained from completing this course have been invaluable and will help me to build a career.

Amber Johnstone

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