Business & Administration (SCQF 6) - SVQ 3 SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

SVQs are available to people who are in employment in business and administration and also in management. They are an exciting way to gain skills and qualifications without having to study full time.

These courses give you the opportunity to develop expertise and knowledge through on-the-job assessment, as well as gaining vital skills such as team work and problem solving by working through the various units and demonstrating competence in relation to the performance criteria.

With the right combination of theory and practice, these awards help students to put their career on track and gain a nationally recognised qualification. You are required to build an e-portfolio within your workplace by gathering a range of relevant evidence such as: work products, personal statements, witness testimonies from line managers, and professional discussions with assessors and line managers.

Entry requirements

You should be working in a business and administration environment to undertake SVQs in Business and Administration.

Students will study units in the following areas:

Mandatory units:

  • Communicate in a business environment.
  • Plan how to manage and improve own performance in a business environment.
  • Review and maintain work in a business environment.

Optional units may include:

  • Plan and organise meetings.
  • Design and produce documents in a business environment.
  • Deliver, monitor and evaluate customer service to internal/external customers.
  • Analyse and report data.
  • Support other people to work in a business environment.

(5 optional units will be chosen based on own work areas and responsibilities)

How will I study my course?

  • Work based
  • Day release

Participant’s will study part-time within their workplace and have one-to-one meetings with college assessors at UHI Orkney.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Participants will study part time within their workplace and 1 morning per week at UHI Orkney with the support of a UHI Orkney assessor.

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Orkney, Kirkwall
    • Employers Premises

Start date

19/Aug/2024 or 03/Feb/2025


Full time

If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

Part time

Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course.

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Apply for SVQ 3 Business and Administration at SCQF Level 6

I want to start in August 2024 or February 2025

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Orkney College UHI. Orkney College UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.