Business & Enterprise (NQ) @ SCQF Level 6


This course is the ideal starting point for a career in the modern business world, providing you with progression opportunities onto further study and employment. It will enable you to acquire knowledge and understanding of the role and operation of a business, to develop analytical skills, to apply skills to business situations and to enhance your communication skills.

The course can provide the incentive for you to go into a career in Business or consider the prospect of establishing your own business. The underpinning knowledge and understanding gained from the course will be a valuable resource for you to explore this route.

The course provides an excellent broad knowledge of Business, Enterprise and Business Management related topics and allows students to develop their IT application skills in Microsoft Office.

Course code



Dumfries Campus


2-2.5 days per week: blended delivery (face to face and remote)

Entry Requirements

  • Three National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above in relevant* subjects; OR
  • NC Business or NC Administration at SCQF level 5 (other NCs may be considered); OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

* Relevant subjects include English, Administration, Business Management, Economics, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Studies or a Science subject.

  • Knowledge of Microsoft packages is also required
  • Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses
  • If you are currently studying at the College, you will also require a positive Progressing Learner Reference.

Entry may be possible for mature students depending on their prior knowledge and experience.

Applicants may have to attend an Interview prior to being offered a place on the course.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

You’ll be invited to a group and/or individual interview/information session where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you’re interested in this subject area.

You will also be required to complete a skills test to ensure that you can work at the appropriate level.

Reviewing your skills test and talking to you will help our specialist staff to give you the best advice on which level of study and course is right for you at this time. We will make an offer based on your application form, interview and skills test

Course Content

Throughout the course you will complete 3 National Progression Awards in Business Skills, Customer Service and Enterprise and Business. The course enables you to learn subjects such as Customer Service, Personal Development, Enterprise, Management of People and Finance, Contemporary Business Issues, Understanding Business, Marketing and Customer Care and you will have the opportunity to put your learning into practise with work experience.


The teaching year is divided into 3 teaching blocks and this course is project based so projects are continuous throughout the year.

Project methods may include individual and group projects, presentations, written assignments, and practical exercises.

There is no formal exam within the course.


Provides the entry requirements to HNC Business and a range of related courses at Higher National Certificate level. A BSc Business Degree is offered in partnership with University of West of Scotland.

Career Prospects

Employment in a business, administration or office environment at entry level.

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary or EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) funding for this course. Please contact a member of the funding team for details.

Selling Points

This is an exciting course that introduces you to the world of Business and Enterprise with the option of progressing on to degree level programme.

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