Business & IT


Further your career with a business or IT course. These short courses are for anyone interested in starting or developing a career in any general business, service or administrative function.

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Information Technology in Business - PDA

The Professional Development Award (PDA) in Information Technology in Business at SCQF level 7 delivers the skills and knowledge needed for a range of administrative roles. It has particular emphasis on the use of IT within a business environment.

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Office Administration PDA

The PDA in Office Administration is suitable for those in administrative roles or for anyone seeking to enter this area. Content includes office systems and procedures, legislation, office technologies, communication, planning and interpersonal skills.

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Web Design NPA

National Progression Awards (NPAs) assess a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas, linked to National Occupational Standards.

The NPA in Web Design at SCQF level 5 introduces learners to the technical skills required to create websites and graphics, including adding interactivity to websites. There is also a focus on the importance of the website development process.

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Computer Games Development NPA

The NPAs in Computer Games Development at SCQF levels 4 introduce learners to the genres, trends and emerging technologies of the computer games industry. This suite of awards provides a foundation in techniques that are important to the sector, such as digital planning and design, creation of media assets, and development and testing — while also developing employability skills and Core Skills through enterprise activities.

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European Computer driving Licence (ECDL)

ECDL is an internationally recognised qualification that enables people to demonstrate their competence in computer skills. The ECDL certificate indicates that the holder has passed one theoretical test and six practice based tests.

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Excel Spreadsheets

The simple spreadsheet is one of the most powerful data analysis tools that exists, and it’s available to almost anyone. Major corporations and small businesses alike use spreadsheet models to determine where key measures of their success are now, and where they are likely to be in the future. But in order to get the most out of a spreadsheet, you have the know-how to use it. This course is designed to give you an introduction to basic spreadsheet tools and formulas so that you can begin harness the power of spreadsheets to map the data you have now and to predict the data you may have in the future. 

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Database act like a backbone for every application. It is used from web application to the mobile app, offline to online, single-page applications (SPA) to extensive application database.

Discover how databases work and how to use them in this introductory course.

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Word Processing

Word processing can prepare you for the modern workplace by equipping you with skills and knowledge to effectively use word processing software. 
Word processing qualifications are for anyone interested in starting or developing a career in any general business, service or administrative function. While no formal entry requirement is needed to take these qualifications, it is advised that you have some familiarity with keyboarding skills and a good command of the English language commonly used in business.
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Computer Programming - Arduino

We are hosting two programming courses this January. 
Intro to Programming - An introductory programming course for those with no coding experience. This course teaches you the fundamentals of the “C” programming language – an industry standard. It is a good foundation to build your coding experience on. You will also learn some basic electronics and about interfacing sensors and other transducers to a computer.
Advanced Programming - This course builds on the previous introductory course and allows the user to develop more complex applications using the Arduino and “C” – including the more advanced interfacing and use of sensors and top-down programming concepts