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Access To Business & Finance Access

(SCQF level 4)

Business & Procurement, Education and Humanities

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Mode of Study


Start Date

29th Aug 2022, 1 year


City Campus


This course provides a general introduction to the skills needed for further training in a wide variety of sectors such as - accountancy, financial services, retail management, supply chain management and general business.   

It is an ideal starting point for school leavers or adult returners who want to progress their academic journey to study at Level 6 and maybe even further onto HNC/D level.  After successfully completing the NQ Level 4 and a relevant Level 6 qualification you can progress onto HNC. 

You'll be assessed continuously throughout this course with the assessments taking the form of practical assessments, assignment and case studies. There is no final examination. 

You'll undertake a programme of guidance activities designed to help you make the most of your qualifications and college experience. 

You'll be required to attend college up to 4 days every week from 9am to 5pm. 

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 4. 

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two national four qualifications; OR 
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience. 

Additional selection requirements

  • You may be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area. Where COVID restrictions are in place we will invite you to either a video meeting, telephone conference call or make an offer based on your application form. 

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

This course has a broad range of subjects which will help you gain an understanding of different areas of business, classes will consist of: 

  • National Progression Award in Data Science.  
  • National Progression Award in Supply Chain. 
  • Financial Services.  
  • Accountancy. 
  • Economics. 
  • Marketing. 
  • IT.
  • Cyber Security.  

After the course


There may be an opportunity to apply for entry-level positions in a variety of organisations after this course. 

Continuing Study

You can progress to NQ Level 6 study in areas related to Business and Finance. These may include some of the following areas of study: Accountancy,  Financial Services, Fashion Business, Retail Management, Business Management and Supply Chain Management all offered at the college.


How the course is taught

The course is intended to be delivered in a blended way with up to two days per week being taught online and up to two days per week being taught in college (subject to and operating within Scottish Government Covid-19 operating procedures).   You are timetabled for approximately 16 hours per week and an additional 16 hours should be allowed for studying out with class time in order to be successful. 

You will complete practical assignments based on a variety of case studies. There will also be an element of report writing to demonstrate the ability to explain and analyse information. 

You will be required to use IT to complete some of the units. You should ensure that you possess a basic level of IT in Microsoft Office including Word and Excel. 

You will be provided with additional learning resources via an online learning platform to practice in your own time.

Assessment methods

This course will be assessed using a mixture of timed assessments (undertaken online), essays and portfolios of work in an open book environment. 

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    29th Aug 2022, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus