IT in Business:
Desktop Publishing Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 7

A study of fundamental principles for the effective use of desktop publishing.


Why take this course?

In the modern business environment, administrators are increasingly having to widen their skills and knowledge in the use of information and communication technologies. Desktop Publishing software is an inexpensive way for small to medium size organisations to produce quality publications for both internal and external use, by utilising the in-house skills of their administrative staff rather than having to procure a publishing specialist.

This is a Unit within the HNC/HND Administration and Information Technology courses but is also included within other HN Group Awards, or can be taken as a stand-alone Unit. It focuses on the skills and knowledge required to produce quality desktop published document. It will provide you with the confidence and capability needed to design and produce detailed publications using desktop publishing software. 

Credit points and level: 1 HN credit at SCQF level 7: (8 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7)

What you will experience

You will cover a range of key topics, which are studied over three different outcomes:

Outcome 1 looks at developing design skills to enable you to produce well-designed publications with a professional appearance.

Outcome 2 will equip you with the skills to plan a publication and organise your work to meet deadlines.

Outcome 3 will enable you to learn a range of advanced software features to apply to publications in order to produce documents to a professional standard.  Assessment is likely to take the form of a combination of case studies and practical tasks.

Assessment is likely to take the form of a combination of case studies and practical tasks, and evidence of your performance will be evaluated by sitting 2 assessments undertaken using open book, controlled conditions. Your Tutor will mark your certified assessments. Any re-submissions, known as remediation, will also be directed and remarked by your tutor. Your work will then be cross-marked by an in college subject expert, a process called moderation. It is only then that a result can be sent to the Awarding Body for certification. A pass is not final until all cross checking procedures have been successfully completed. Your pass will be notified to the SQA for certification.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course requires you to manage your workload independently, and will involve attendance at a campus or centre - often for assessment purposes only.

Entry requirements

Ideally you should have knowledge of the text formatting, styles, tables and pictures features of a word processing package. This may have been achieved through completion of the IT in Business: Word Processing and Presentations course or relevant work experience.

What you will need

You will require use of/access to Microsoft Publisher.

What you need to know

Additional costs

This course involves an additional SQA fee. Please see our Courses Explained page for further information on costs.

Anything else?

Please note that fee waivers may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses.

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This course requires some attendance at College, often for assessment purposes only. Please enquire about expectations for your specific course when booking.

Attendance is usually at the Aberdeen City Campus or Fraserburgh Campus.

Pre-entry guidance is required prior to booking a place on this course. Please contact Brenda Bryce, Distance Learning Co-ordinator by email or on 01346 506014 in the first instance for more information. When submitting your distance learning application form, please ensure you attach the additional information sheet listing qualifications and previous knowledge with your application. You may be required to attend College for assessment. Please check if this is a requirement for your course.

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

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