Enterprise and Employability

Enterprise and Employability

The National Progression Award (NPA) in Enterprise and Employability equips candidates with relevant and transferable skills which can be used in any employment setting, including self-employment.

Available at SCQF levels 4 and 5, the flexible structure and content of the NPA is relevant and desirable to a wide range of candidates. It also meets the principles of Curriculum for Excellence.

This qualification is available in schools and colleges.

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Why study this qualification

This NPA may appeal to a wide range of candidates of varying age and ability, including:

  • S3 and S4 pupils who may take it as part of the school’s vocational programme
  • pre-vocational pupils planning to leave at the end of S4 or winter of S5
  • anyone looking to improve their employability and entrepreneurial skills
  • anyone looking to re-enter the job market or broaden their skills and competences
  • trainees of national programmes, preparing them to enter the workforce such as Get Ready for Work and Training for Work programmes

Further education establishments may also consider using some or all of the Units within full or part-time college programmes.

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Employment and progression

Candidates who achieve the NPA:

  • increase their employment opportunities due to improved work related skills and qualities
  • acquire knowledge and skills essential for self employment
  • improve career progression prospects if already in employment

In addition, candidates may progress to:

  • SCQF level 5 from level 4
  • an SCQF level 5 or 6 Personal Development Award
  • further vocational courses such as Skills for Work
  • business related awards at SCQF levels 5 and 6

Qualification structure

Group Award code:

  • SCQF level 4 — G976 44 (24 SCQF credit points)
  • SCQF level 5 — G9AH 45 (24 SCQF credit points)

NPA in Enterprise and Employability at SCQF level 4 and 5 (137 KB)

Structure of NPA at SCQF level 4

To achieve the NPA at SCQF level 4, candidates must complete one mandatory Unit and some optional Units from both Group A and Group B.

Mandatory Unit

Personal Development: Self and Work — H18P 44

Structure of NPA at SCQF level 5

To achieve the NPA at SCQF level 5, candidates must complete one mandatory Unit and some optional Units from both Group A and Group B.

Mandatory Unit

Personal Development: Self and Work — H18P 45

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Qualification structure

Group Award code:

  • SCQF level 4 — G976 44 (24 SCQF credit points)
  • SCQF level 5 — G9AH 45 (24 SCQF credit points)

NPA in Enterprise and Employability at SCQF level 4 and 5 (137 KB)

Structure of NPA at SCQF level 4

To achieve the NPA at SCQF level 4, candidates must complete one mandatory Unit and some optional Units from both Group A and Group B.

Mandatory Unit

Personal Development: Self and Work — H18P 44

Structure of NPA at SCQF level 5

To achieve the NPA at SCQF level 5, candidates must complete one mandatory Unit and some optional Units from both Group A and Group B.

Mandatory Unit

Personal Development: Self and Work — H18P 45

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How to assess

Assessment is through a range of practical activities, candidate folios, self-evaluation, planning and review.

Assessment Support Packs and NABs can be downloaded from SQA’s secure website.

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