IT in Business:
Word Processing & Presentations SCQF Level 7

A study of fundamental principles for effective word processing and the creation of presentations.


Why take this course?

The effective use of information technology underpins the administrative function of any organisation, with word processing as the most utilised function.

This Unit will be relevant to those who are interested in a career in administration, with a particular focus in document production and presentation. It will prepare you for producing the standard of document required by today’s business world, and will build your skills in both familiar and unfamiliar contexts, developing the skills and knowledge needed to use word processing and presentation packages to aid business communications. On completion of you should be able to:

  • Produce business documents using word processing software.
  • Perform a mail merge
  • Evaluate the impact of current legislation in relation to information and equipment
  • Create a business presentation using presentation software

2 HN credits at SCQF level 7: (16 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7)

What you will experience

You will study four main outcomes:

Outcome 1 develops the skills required to use word processing functions to create and present a range of business documents to meet an agreed house style and to be of a business-like standard in terms of language and presentation.

Outcome 2 develops the skills required to use mail merge as an efficient and effective way of producing mass correspondence to meet specific criteria.

Outcome 3 develops your knowledge of the relevant legislation regulating the security and confidentiality of information and equipment in the working environment.

Outcome 4 develops your skills to create business-like presentations using presentation software.

To complete this course you must undertake three written assessments which are undertaken under Open Book Controlled Conditions. This means that you can use your notes in accordance with the rules of the assessment. Your Tutor will mark your all 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

It would be beneficial if you have achieved a relevant word processing qualification or have recent, relevant work experience.

What you will need

All students are assigned a login to Microsoft Office 365 which includes online access to Microsoft Word 2016 at no extra cost.

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.

Next steps




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.

Duration Fees* Code
40 Hours over 6 Months £250.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form and additional information form for this course and return them to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

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