Foundation Apprenticeship
Business Skills SCQF Level 6

Combining work-based and classroom-based learning in business skills.


Why take this course?

This two year programme incorporates classroom-based study with work-based learning to prepare you for entry to the workplace or full-time Further or Higher Education.

This course will provide you with certificated evidence of your knowledge and the skills you have developed to prepare you for future work in a business setting. You will be well-equipped for progressing to a Modern Apprenticeship in Business, starting an HND course in Business at College, or progressing to University level studies.

Find out more about this course from Skills Development Scotland

What you will experience

The variety of topics covered means that you will gain a valuable appreciation of the vast range of factors involved in modern day business practice.  This qualification sits well alongside Higher Business Management to provide a broad insight into the world of business.

You will study towards a National Progression Award in year one, which will include units in:

  • Understanding Business
  • Management of People and Finance
  • Working with IT Software, Word Processing and Presenting Information
  • Working with IT Software – Spreadsheet and Database
  • Contemporary Business Issues

You will also undertake work-based learning, mostly in year 2 (6th year of school) during which you will gain accredited experience in the following areas:

  • Plan how to manage your own performance in a business environment
  • Communication in a business environment
  • Supporting other people to work in a business environment
  • Designing and producing documents in a business environment
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Key facts

Entry requirements

This course is suited to pupils who expect to achieve passes at National 5 level in related subjects such as Business Management, Administration, Computing, English and Maths. 

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

After successful completion of this programme, you could progress to one of the following full-time courses at North East Scotland College: 

At University

This course will prepare you to access a range of university degrees programmes.


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Please note that courses are subject to minimum viability levels. In the event of insufficient numbers of applications, courses may be withdrawn from the programme. Certain courses are arranged with schools working in a consortium arrangement – in such cases, pupils from consortium schools will be given priority in the allocation of places.