Business Venture Programme (NQ) @ SCQF Level 6


Do you have thoughts of starting your own business but don’t know where to start.  Then this course is for you!

The course has been specifically designed for anyone who has thoughts of starting up their own business and want to learn about how to put their idea into fruition.


The National Progression Award (NPA) in Enterprise and Business is relevant to anyone considering starting a business, or with an interest in doing so. The focus of the qualification is on pre-enterprise activity, with the aim of developing the knowledge and skills required to start a business.  Alongside learning how to market your product, how to promote on social media, design your own website and take the best photography shots this course will give anyone who is considering starting up their own business venture the skills to do so.


The principal aims of the programme are to enhance and develop enterprising skills and attitudes, develop knowledge to support business start-up activity, develop knowledge and skills in promoting a business, enhance and develop knowledge of customer management techniques and provide practical, experiential learning about starting a business and transferable skills for employment.  During the programme the students will also develop a set of skills that are relevant and transferable to the workplace. 


The qualification can attract a wide range of students from school leavers, young adults, trades people interested in self-employment, anyone looking to change career, those facing redundancy or unemployment and anyone interested in starting a business.   


Working with external partners such as Business Gateway, will enable any students who wish to progress with the business start further support. 




Full Time 2 days per week

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • 4 National 4 awards
  • 3 Intermediate 2 awards
  • 3 National 5 awards at C or above
  • 4 Standard Grades at 3 or above
  • 4 Intermediate 1 awards
  • equivalent qualifications.

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

All applicants must attend an Information and Interview Session prior to being offered a place on the course.

If you are currently studying at the College, you will also require a positive Progressing Learner Reference.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment. 

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

Course Content

This course will combine units for Marketing, a National Progression Award in Enterprise and Business, IT Software, Marketing, Photography, Video, Design and Web. 


Students will learn basic skills in photography and video relevant to marketing, social media and website content. They will have the opportunity to create self-promotional materials and a website relevant to their business.  


There is no formal exam.  Students are required to undertake continual assessment throughout the year.  Assessments may take the form of written, team projects and role play.


Candidates who achieve the NPA acquire knowledge and skills required to support business start-up, improve work related skills and qualities and may progress to Business or Creative Industries (portfolio required) related qualifications at SCQF level 7 or consider starting up their own business.   

Career Prospects

To start up own business or continue onto further HE study.

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 new course that will give students all the knowledge and skills to start up their own business or continue onto further study.