Business SCQF Level 8

Enhance your knowledge of key business functions and develop a good understanding of the business world.


Why take this course?

This advanced level course will further enhance your understanding of key business functions and provide you with an invaluable, detailed overview of the business world. You will acquire a wide range of transferable skills, highly sought after by employers, ensuring you are well-equipped for progression towards further study or direct entry into employment.

What you will experience

Topics include marketing, information technology applications, managing people and organisations, communication and how to use financial accounting software. You will strengthen your knowledge of issues relating to business and gain a valuable appreciation of the vast range of considerations which relate to modern-day business practice.

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Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have two passes at Higher level, preferably Business and English, as well as a National 5 qualification in Accounting or Maths.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course. A Foundation Apprenticeship in Accounting or Business Skills will be considered equivalent to a subject related Higher. The additional Higher required for entry does not require to be subject related.

Alternatively, applicants should have other relevant qualifications for suitable work experience.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

At University

You can progress to university upon successful completion of this course. Please see below for your options. Full information is available in the course specification PDF.


Career opportunities are available at trainee level in a range of sectors, including management, finance, administration and the public sector. Common roles include:

  • Administrator
  • Businesswoman/Businessman
  • Marketing Assistant
  • PR Assistant
  • PR Officer
  • Sales Executive
  • Social Media Assistant
  • Trainee Manager

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


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

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