Business Skills

SCQF level: 6
Campus: Gardyne
Starts: May 2017
Ends: April 2019
Days: Monday and Wednesday 14:00 - 17:00

Entry requirements:
A good level of English and Mathematics (NAT 5). Having taken a Business subject would be an advantage.

Course content:
Year 1
(NPA in Business Skills) Units include:

• 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
• Work Placement

Year 2 (work placement)
The work placement component in S6 will provide you with the opportunity to have significant input to a long
term engagement with a business issue, this may include tasks such as:

• producing business documents
• contributing to the organisation of events
• developing and delivering presentations
• providing reception services
• using and maintaining office equipment
• taking responsibility for logistics e.g. travel and accommodation
• providing administrative support for meetings
• using a variety of software packages
• presenting business documents and managing projects
• applying problem-solving skills to resolve challenging or complex complaints

You will participate in job shadowing enabling interaction with services users to further develop skills in communication and gain an understanding of the client group. In addition you will develop skills in personal reflection and enable connections to be made with knowledge previously gained. You will gain experience of working with older adults, employability skills of timekeeping, attendance, team working, communication and demonstrating value based practice including respect for self and others and equality and diversity principles. Certificate of work readiness may also be offered to you on this Foundation Apprenticeship where appropriate. On successful completion of all the components of the Foundation Apprenticeship, you will achieve a Joint Qualification Certificate for the FA in Business Skills and also receive certification for the NPA in Business Skills and part of SVQ level 3 in Business Administration.

Progression opportunities:
• Further study
• Progression to employment, non-apprenticeship route
• Modern Apprenticeship

Find out more about Foundation Apprenticeships at

Find out more about what the college is offering by contacting Kathryn Simpson at or 01382 834897
You can also speak to your school Guidance Teacher (Dundee schools) or Pupil Care and Support Teacher (Angus schools).