Business Support Course Options

Business Support Course Options

The energy/utility sector is also seeking skills in a variety of office positions including administration, Human resources, Customer services, IT and accounts. The College can offer a suite of programmes to provide you the skills sought by employers:

NPA Administration, Information Technology and Audio

The Award will provide you with the basic IT and audio skills required in business and commercial roles. It also promotes effective articulation and transition to further and higher education, while recognising and supporting skills for industry and future employment.

Course outline

12 weeks x 6 hours
• IT Solutions for Administrators
• Word Processing
• Audio – An Introduction

Progression to employment

Junior administrative roles in a number of sectors, including finance, health care, HR, hospitality, IT, marketing, retail and the public sector. You can also progress to relevant HNC programmes (additional qualifications required) or relevant PDA programmes

Entry requirements

• Numeracy and Communication at National 4 plus a further relevant National 4 award or
• Equivalent qualification from other awarding bodies
• Students with relevant work experience will also be considered
• Successful performance at interview

PDA Book-keeping

12 weeks x 6 hours per week

Course content

Recording Financial Information
Using Financial Accounting Software
Payroll

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements although it would be beneficial for candidates to be competent in communication, numeracy and IT skills to SCQF Level 5.
Relevant work experience would be beneficial.
Successful interview.

Progression to employment
The course delivers the essential skills and knowledge for a career in book-keeping. This makes it suitable qualification for anyone seeking to enter employment within the Accounting and Business services sector.

Further related PDAs or HN Units to build up qualifications towards an HNC/D in Accounting.

The PDA also gives exemption for elements of CIMA and ACCA professional qualifications.

The type of positions which may be taken by candidates include:

Accounting Assistants
Financial Administrators
Administrators

This course can be studied on a part-time evening or part-time day basis (1 X 3 hr session per week)

SAGE, spreadsheets and databases (Microsoft Office 15)

12 weeks x 6 hours

Course outline

• SAGE
• Spreadsheet
• Database

Entry requirements

For those who already are confident with information technology, but want to become proficient in managing account and payroll, data and budgets.

NPA Human Resources & Law

Course outline

12 weeks (2 X 3 hr sessions per week)

The course consists of 3 credits with 18 SCQF credit points.

• Human Resources: Administration
• Law of Contract: An Introduction
• Employment Law: An Introduction

Entry requirements
No formal entry requirements although it would be beneficial for candidates to be competent in communication, numeracy and IT skills to SCQF Level 4/5.
Relevant work experience would be beneficial.
Successful interview.

Next step for course options
Further National Progression Awards or progression to related Professional Development Awards.
Higher Studies in Business and Accounting courses at Level 5/6 or other relevant National Certificate or Higher National Diploma courses in: Business; Accounting; Human Resource Management; Legal Studies.

Progression to employment
The National Progression Award in Human Resources and the Law has been designed to provide the basic knowledge required for progression towards current or future employment in the HR sector, legal sector or for progression onto further academic qualifications. The NPA will provide you with fundamental knowledge and skills relating to the study of HR and the Law.