Information Technology in Business PDA

Course code 99G5

What is special about this course?

The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Information Technology in Business at SCQF level 7 delivers the skills and knowledge needed for a range of administrative roles. It has particular emphasis on the use of IT within a business environment.

Special features

  • This course will enable you to develop technical and administrative knowledge relevant to current administrative practice.
  • You will develop skills and knowledge of word processing and presentation packages to aid business communication.
  • You will develop an understanding of database management software and the application of databases to aid business decision making.
  • This course will allow you to develop an understanding of spreadsheets and their use in providing solutions to business problems and to develop skills using technology in an administration role and prepare candidates for employment in an administration role.

Entry requirements

  • Communication and IT skills to SCQF level 5 or equivalent or
  • Relevant business or IT NC/SVQ qualification or
  • Relevant work experience

Access routes

  • SVQ Business and Administration

Year 1 - PDA

Three units (32 SCQF credits in total):

  • IT in Business: databases
  • IT in Business: spreadsheets
  • IT in Business: word processing and presentation applications


How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • Distance learning (at some campuses)
  • For information on how you will study this course, please contact the campus you wish to study with

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time: up to one year

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll - September starts only
  • Inverness
  • Moray
  • North, West and Hebrides - September starts only (online) (not available to study in 2024/25)
  • Shetland

Start date

  • September
  • January
  • Other start dates may be available in some locations. For information on other start dates, and how to apply for them, please contact the campus where you wish to study


The PDA is 32 SCQF (Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework) credits.

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
  2023-24 2024-25
PDA (32 SCQF credits)   £344 £344

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland, or assessed as rest of UK for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2023-24 2024-25
PDA (32 SCQF credits) £1,896 £1,896

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

This course is not available for international students, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled status in the UK, requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study here. For students living in the UK and assessed as international fee status, the following fees will apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

  2023-24 2024-25
PDA (32 SCQF credits) £2,128 £2340


External scholarships and financial support, such as an Individual Training Account, may be available. Please contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course you might like to consider applying for office-related jobs.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress on to our HNC Business course.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Information Technology in Business PDA

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2024 or Jan/Feb 2025

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate 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 gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.