NPA Business Skills

NPA Business Skills

National Progression Awards (NPAs) assess a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas, linked to National Occupational Standards. The NPA in Business Skills at SCQF level 6 has been designed to provide learners with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for the study of business, and allows for progression to other business and/or IT-related programmes in the further and higher education sectors, as well as providing progression within or to employment.

This NPA develops knowledge and understanding of the features and characteristics of small, medium and large organisations and issues facing businesses today. It will help develop learners’ oral, written and evaluation abilities and core skills such as problem solving and planning, and working with others. It will develop learners’ ICT skills, and enable them to be more confident in the use of software application packages for administrative and business purposes.

The NPA covers areas including understanding business, management of people and finance, working with IT software, including word processing and presenting information and spreadsheet and database, contemporary business issues and work placement.

The NPA was specifically developed to meet the knowledge component of the SCQF level 6 Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills.

The qualification is available through schools and colleges — usually via a school-college partnership.

Why study this qualification

The NPA is suitable for:

  • learners who are at school or who may have just left school
  • mature candidates who may have been out of education for a long period of time
  • individuals who are currently in employment and wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • those who are looking to access HN programmes
  • learners who want to study at a pace and style that they determine
  • employees who want to develop their careers
  • individuals who are seeking national recognition of their achievements
  • employers who wish their employees to take part in short continuing professional development courses

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre. However, it is recommended for learners entering the SCQF level 6 award to have completed some training at level 5.

Employment and progression

The level 6 award could provide progression to:

  • SCQF/QCF level 7 to level 8
  • an HNC/HND in Business or related area
  • a PDA in Information Technology in Business
  • a PDA in Office Administration
  • a PDA in Office Management and Information Technology
  • an SVQ in Business and Administration at SVQ level 3
  • employment in the Business sector

Qualification structure

Group Award code: GL8H 46 (36 SCQF credit points)

The NPA in Business Skills at SCQF level 6 consists of 6 mandatory Units (36 SCQF credit points).

National Progression Award (NPA) Business Skills (403 KB)

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Qualification structure

Group Award code: GL8H 46 (36 SCQF credit points)

The NPA in Business Skills at SCQF level 6 consists of 6 mandatory Units (36 SCQF credit points).

National Progression Award (NPA) Business Skills (403 KB)

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How to assess

Assessment of this award will be a combination of practical and knowledge assessments under closed- and open-book assessment conditions. It is recommended that centres refer to the assessment and Evidence Requirements for each Unit.

Assessment support packs (ASPs) are available for this qualification.

The delivery of the award is at the individual centre’s discretion.

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