As a business administrator or budding manager, you’ll have a highly transferable set of knowledge and skills that can be applied in all sectors.

This Foundation Apprenticeship is rooted in the highly respected profession of business administration. And, you’ll get the opportunity to learn about other management and business priorities, such as: digital marketing, procurement, supply chain management and enterprise.

What will I learn?
Your NPA in Business Skills will cover the following topics: Understanding Business | Management of 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.

You’ll complete the units of your SVQ in Business and Administration mainly in the workplace, as part of your placement. You’ll learn how to plan, manage and improve your own performance in a business environment, communicate in a business environment, support other people to work in a business environment and design and produce documents in a business environment.

Your Foundation Apprenticeship will also help you to develop core skills valued by employers, particularly communication, problem solving, working with others and time management. These transferable skills are necessary and highly desirable for working in a range of other related jobs.

Entry requirements:
A good level of National 5 English and taking a Business subject would be an advantage.


Key info

Over 2 years (5th & 6th year)
Starts: May 2021
Ends: April 2023 
Gardyne Campus: Year 1 & 2: Mon & Wed 2-5pm
Arbroath Campus: Year 1 & 2: Tues 9am-4pm

1 year option (in 6th year) You can sit this FA over 1 year if you have achieved Higher Business in 5th year.
Gardyne Campus: Mon, Tues, Wed 2-5pm and Thurs 1-4pm
Arbroath Campus: Tue & Fri 9-4pm

Please note: delivery of learning and work placements may be affected by COVID-19 restrictions, where remote and blended learning may be undertaken alongside or in place of classroom and workplace learning.

Find out more about what the college is offering by contacting our Academic Partnerships Team at or 01382 834847

You can also speak to your school Guidance Teacher (Dundee schools) or Pupil Care and Support Teacher (Angus schools).