Business Summer School SCQF Level 4/5

This free course introduces key skills used in business.


Why take this course?

This is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to enter the National Certificate in Business or Administration (SCQF Level 5). This course would benefit those new to further education or those who have not undertaken education or training for some time. IT and study skills will be incorporated in all units.

What you will experience

Students will complete three SQA units, two at SCQF Level 4 and one at SCQF Level 5, which will prepare the way for study at SCQF Level 5, and give:

  • Access to qualified, experienced and enthusiastic staff;
  • Excellent facilities and services such as the use of libraries and computer rooms;
  • Support on completing bursary funding applications.

The ability to communicate effectively is crucial when working in business. In this unit you will develop skills in:

  • Reading;
  • Summarising and evaluating;
  • Writing;
  • Speaking and listening.
An Introduction to Financial & Cost Accounting

In this unit you will learn about key financial accounting statements and basic costing techniques. You will:

  • Prepare simple final accounts for a sole trader including an income statement and a balance sheet;
  • Prepare a simple job cost statement.
An Introduction to Contract Law

In this unit you will learn about key areas of contract law to enable you to apply this knowledge to everyday business situations, such as contracts between businesses and customers. You will:

  • Research various aspects of contract law, learning how contracts are formed, the factors that can affect their validity, and the consequences of a breach of contract;
  • Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of contract law by applying it to business situations;
  • Develop a knowledge and understanding of basic consumer rights when entering contracts with business.
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Anything else?

This course runs for four weeks, five days a week. Applicants must be committed to attending and participating in all scheduled classes.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On completion, students may wish to undertake the following courses at North East Scotland College:


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The reduced fee for this course is for those who are assessed as a Home Fee Student.

Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information on eligibility.

Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

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