Business SCQF Level 5

An introductory course for those who wish to pursue a career in the ever-changing world of business.


Why take this course?

This course is aimed at those who want to establish a career in the ever-changing world of business. The topics covered will give you a detailed insight into the different factors that influence modern-day businesses.

What you will experience

You will learn about the different internal and external factors which can impact the way in which a business performs. This is achieved through the study of economics, enterprise and marketing, as well as the study of organisational operations such as cash transactions, the use of IT and making business decisions.

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Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a pass in Business, Administration and/or English at Intermediate 2, National 5 or Standard Grade Credit level.

Applicants should also have knowledge and skills relating to business and at the very least, should have Core Skills Communication at SCQF Level 5.

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

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following courses at North East Scotland College: 

At University

If you choose to move from this level of study to HNC or HND level, you may then want to then consider moving on to a university degree. Depending on the university, you could enter in to year 2 or 3 of a related course.


On successful completion of this level of study, employment opportunities are common at entry level in a wide range of business environments. Roles can include:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrator
  • Junior Retail Assistant

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.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

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


Places are still available on this course, commencing in August 2019. Please see below for your options.

Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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Fraserburgh Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications 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

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.