Business and Administration (SCQF Level 6) SVQ

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.


Good reasons to study this course:


  • Content of each course is very much related to the world of work
  • Candidates build up an e-portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their competence within their respective workplaces using the latest technology
  • Clear progression routes from one level to the next in Business and Administration
  • Good levels of student support are available, with college assessors making regular visits to candidates’ workplaces to observe candidates as they carry out their workplace duties
  • Assessment takes place on a continuous basis throughout the course.

Entry requirements

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


Each SVQ comprises of a number of mandatory units, plus several optional units, which can be selected from a variety to suit the candidate’s preferences and workplace requirements.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Work based

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

All subjects are internally assessed on an ongoing basis by building up e-portfolios of evidence within their workplaces.  Students are expected to make regular use of the college's facilities for research and study.

How long will my course last?

12 to 16 Month

Part-time, flexible work-based learning

Where can I study my course?

    • Lerwick Campus
    • Work Based

Start date

Flexible: there are up to three intakes per year.  Please contact Shetland UHI for confirmation of the next available intake.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

For more information see the funding page.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Academic: You can progress on to other SVQ levels or HNC/D level study

Employment/career: Successful students may gain career progression in administrative, business or management-related areas. There are clear progression routes from one SVQ level to the next.

Former students have: Gained promotion within their existing organisations or progressed to other roles in business administration and management.

Is there more information available online?

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"It’s given me an insight into Business and I now know I would like to carry on gaining further qualifications in this area." Dayna Sutherland.

"SVQ Level 3 Business and Administration is an excellent qualification that is fully work-based which offers students a flexible/tailor-made qualification to suit individual needs. This course will give students the knowledge to equip them for current and future employment" - Avril Thomson, Lecturer

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