Practical Skills SCQF Level 7

Learn to apply practical communication skills to complex issues in your working environment.


Why take this course?

Conveying and responding to a range of information by reading, writing, listening and talking is the basis of communication. Effective oral and written communication skills are essential to promote good relationships and best working practice in a business environment. 

This is a Unit within the HNC/HND Mechanical Engineering or HNC Electronics Group Award, but may also be part of another Group Award or taken as a stand-alone HN Unit. It will focus on the practical approaches needed for successful communication, which will prove extremely valuable in your career progression and your performance in the workplace. 

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 read texts critically, examining not just the content but the format, layout and style of the written text. You will then assess its strengths and weaknesses before producing effective business information documents such as proposals and reports. You will study the group processes involved in group decision making, how to progress activity, the uses and formats of record keeping and how to contribute effectively to formal group discussions. On completion of the Unit candidates should be able to: 

  1. Respond to written information on a complex vocational issue;
  2. Produce written information in a prescribed format on a complex vocational issue; and 
  3. Contribute to a formal discussion on a complex vocational issue.
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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.

Subject area

Entry requirements

It would be beneficial for candidates to have achieved communication as part of the core skills framework, to at least Intermediate 2 level, or have similar qualifications/relevant experience. 

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 Distance Learning Co-ordinators Sheena Thomson or Susan Smith by email, or phone 01346 586136 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 £125.00
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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