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5 05 Contents Welcome to the University of the Highlands and Islands, Perth College 06 Principal s Welcome 10 Business, Management, Computing and Leisure Business and Accounting 12 Computing 26 Hospitality and Tourism 36 Management 44 Sport and Fitness 50 Engineering, Science and Technology Aeronautical and Aircraft Engineering 60 AST 66 Automotive Engineering 72 Construction and Building Technologies 78 Mechanical and Electrical Systems 84 Science and the Environment 94 Creative Industries Art and Creative Technologies 102 Music and Music Business 110 Sound and Audio Engineering 118 Health, Education and Social Sciences Beauty Therapy 124 Early Education and Childcare 130 Hairdressing 138 Health and Social Care 144 Social Sciences 154 Research Mountain Studies 164 Skills for Life, Learning and Employment Language School 168 New Opportunities 172 Social and Vocational Studies 178 Highers 184 Modern Apprenticeships 196 Important Information and Applying 208 A-Z of Courses 234 Index Contents

6 06 Welcome to the University of the Highlands and Islands, Perth College

7 Life at Perth College UHI 07 Perth College UHI is a leading College in the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) partnership with 12 other colleges and internationally renowned research centres. We offer courses from access and national certificate level up to honours and masters level. Our vibrant campus means that Perth College UHI is a popular choice for local, national and international students alike. With over 8000 full and part-time students, you are sure to meet new friends relaxing in our open green spaces or in the Student Union. The Union has a Costa Café and in conjunction with the Students Association organises a range of social events and activities throughout the year, including live bands, comedy evenings, and it supports a range of clubs and societies. Welcome

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10 10 Our students are at the heart of all we do... Principal s Welcome

11 11 Principal s Welcome I am delighted that you are thinking about studying at Perth College UHI. Our students are at the heart of all we do and we recognise that as well as leaving with an academic qualification, your education will also take in new experiences, friends and help you gain confidence in your ability to be a success. We welcome all students, whether returning to study after a break, looking to enhance your career or continuing your education direct from school or college and are committed to providing you with the best possible student experience. We are proud to offer high-quality academic and vocational programmes in an extensive range of subjects, giving you outstanding choice, whatever your age, background or qualifications. I hope you will choose to join us and become another one of our success stories. Margaret Munckton, Principal and Chief Executive. Principal s Welcome

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13 13 Business and Accounting We offer a wide range of levels and subject areas within business, administration and accounting from national certificate to degree and professional qualifications. Many of our courses include practical aspects, including work experience, which helps improve our students employability skills. The department has established important professional links with institutions including Monmouth University, Illinois, United States and colleges and universities in Poland and India. These links not only enhance the benefits of cultural diversity, they also provide the opportunity for student exchange, with some of our second year students completing a semester in the USA. Links with organisations including the Chartered Management Institute, Aviva and other industry professionals allow us to provide an up-to-date curriculum that can put you ahead of the pack for recruitment to the best companies locally, nationally and internationally. Our enthusiastic, specialist staff are all highly experienced and committed to ensuring the best possible educational experience for their students. The team is proactive and has been at the forefront of new curriculum projects by piloting a number of educational initiatives. There is also the option to apply for a St Johnstone FC Scholarship, which offers a chance to gain experience within a busy marketing department. I Business and Accounting

14 14 NC Administration SCQF Level 5 People with good skills in administration are always in demand and this course provides an excellent introduction to a career in this area. As well as developing your administrative skills this programme will also teach you about other subjects that are important in the workplace, such as working with others, problem solving and time management. So whether you re a school leaver or mature student, you will gain the confidence you need to find administrative work or progress to study at Higher National level. The basics of: word processing; spreadsheets; databases; presentation software; office systems and administration; work experience; book-keeping; numeracy and communication. You should have commmunications at SCQF Level 4 or equivalent and have successfully completed four years of secondary education. Your application and interview will form part of the selection process. If you are unsure about whether this is the right course for you, please arrange an appointment with a member of college staff to discuss it. On successful completion of the course you should be able to join HNC Administration and Information Technology or HNC Accounting. You will be qualified to find work as an administration assistant, in a junior clerical position or as a receptionist. Duration: 1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time) Methods of teaching: Face-to-face. NC Business SCQF Level 5 The business world is constantly changing and employers want their staff to have the range of key skills our NC in Business offers. This nationally recognised qualification provides an excellent introduction to business for school leavers and mature students, giving you the confidence and skills you need to find work in a business environment or to study at Higher National level. The basics of business: enterprise activity; marketing; customer care; economics; finance; IT and communication. In this course, you will also study five Core Skills, including communication, ICT and numeracy, which can help you to gain the essential skills required for life, learning and employment. Communications at SCQF Level 4 and you should have completed four years of secondary education. Your application and interview will form part of the selection process. If you are unsure about whether this is the right course for you, please arrange an appointment with a member of College staff to discuss your eligibility. On successful completion of the course you should be able to progress to HNC Accounting or HNC Business. This level of qualification should help you to find a job as a clerical or retail assistant within the public or private business sector. Duration: 1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time) Methods of teaching: Face-to-face. Business and Accounting I

15 15 PDA General Insurance SCQF Level 6 This course has been developed to give you specific knowledge and skills in the areas of general insurance markets, regulations and underwriting. It is delivered online with excellent tutor support. You can start the course at a time to suit you. Insurance: Legal and regulatory framework; general insurance business and the insurance underwriting process. Candidates should demonstrate skills equivalent to Core Skills Level 5 in Communication and Numeracy as well as having skills in IT, Working with Others and Problem Solving. Successful completion of the PDA allows you the opportunity to be presented for the CII Certificate in Insurance. The award also allows progression to a full HNC in Business. This award has been specifically designed for people who want a career in the insurance industry or in insurance-related activity within organisations. Duration: 36 weeks if you study for at least 4 hours per week Start date: You can start this award at a time to suit you Methods of teaching: Online. PDA Financial Accounting SCQF Level 7 The need for sharp, flexible, focused education, skills and training at a high level is strongly recognised. The part-time PDA in Financial Accounting delivers the essential skills and knowledge for a career in financial accounting. This makes it suitable CPD for those working in an accounting and finance role, or for anyone seeking to enter employment in this area. Recording financial information, preparing final accounts and using financial accounting software. Candidates should demonstrate skills equivalent to Core Skills Level 5 in Communication and Numeracy as well as having skills in IT, Working with Others and Problem Solving. The PDA in Financial Accounting forms one of a suite of PDAs in Accounting and Finance, which consist of units taken from the HNC in Accounting. The award can be taken as a qualification in its own right or used with other PDAs to build achievement towards the full HNC. This award is designed for employees currently working in the Accounting and Finance industry who wish to formalise their knowledge. It is also suitable for people who wish to seek employment in this area. Duration: The duration of this course is dependent on your previous knowledge and the method of study chosen. (part-time). Distance learning students can start at a time to suit them. Methods of teaching: Distance learning study and face-to-face teaching. I Business and Accounting

16 16 PDA Book-keeping SCQF Level 7 This award has been designed to be suitable CPD for those employed in an accounting or financial administration role or for those who wish to seek employment in this area. The award has been updated to take into account changes to the administration of payroll. Using financial accounting software, payroll and recording financial information. Candidates should demonstrate skills equivalent to Core Skills Level 5 in Communication and Numeracy as well as having skills in IT, Working with Others and Problem Solving. The units contained within the PDA form part of the HNC Accounting and the HNC Administration and Information Technology. This award is designed for people who wish to administer the payroll and book-keeping functions within an organisation. It is part of a suite of PDAs which offer CPD within the accounting and finance industry. Duration: 30 weeks, January 2016 or April 2016 (subject to demand) Methods of teaching: (Evening) face-to-face teaching and distance learning study. PDA Management Accounting SCQF Level 7 This PDA in Management Accounting delivers the essential skills and knowledge of cost accounting systems and budgetary control. This makes it suitable CPD for those working in an accounting and finance role, or for anyone seeking to enter employment in this area. Cost accounting and management accounting using information technology. Candidates should demonstrate skills equivalent to Core Skills Level 5 in Communication and Numeracy as well as having skills in IT, Working with Others and Problem Solving. The units contained in the PDA are mandatory units in the HNC Accounting. This award is suitable for people who wish to find employment in the area of management accounting or who wish to formalise their knowledge in this area. Duration: This depends on the method of study. Part-time students will complete this in an academic year. Distance learning students should complete this award in 6 months. (part-time). Distance learning students can start at a time that suits them. Methods of teaching: Face-to-face teaching and distance learning study. Business and Accounting I

17 17 PDA IT in Business SCQF Level 7 This PDA is suited to candidates wishing to study on a part-time basis whilst in employment in the sector. It is also appropriate for adult returners to education who do not wish to commit to a full-time HNC programme of study but who want to gain skills in administration. IT in business word processing and presentation applications; IT in business databases and IT in business spreadsheets. Candidates should demonstrate skills equivalent to Core Skills Level 5 in Communication and Numeracy as well as having skills in IT, Working with Others and Problem Solving. The units contained in the PDA are mandatory units in HNC Administration and Information Technology. This PDA offers you the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills for employment within an administration role. The award will provide you with the skills required to undertake a variety of administration functions, using IT in an organisation. Duration: This depends on the method of study. Part-time students will commence in September 2015 and will finish at the end of the academic session. Distance learning students will take approximately 24 weeks to complete. (part-time). Distance learning students can start at a time that suits them. Methods of teaching: Distance learning study and face-to-face. PDA Office Administration SCQF Level 7 This PDA is designed to enable candidates to improve their professional practice, and in particular their customer care, communication and negotiation skills. Office administration; office technologies; communication: analysing and presenting complex communications and personal development planning. Candidates should demonstrate skills equivalent to Core Skills Level 5 in Communication and Numeracy as well as having skills in IT, Working with Others and Problem Solving. The units contained in the PDA are mandatory units in the HNC Administration and Information Technology. This PDA offers you the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills for employment within an administration role. The award will provide you with the skills required to undertake a variety of administration functions using IT in an organisation. Duration: Part-time students will commence in September 2015 and will finish at the end of the academic session. Distance learning students will take approximately 30 weeks to complete. (part-time). Distance learning students can start at a time that suits them. Methods of teaching: Distance learning study and face-to-face. I Business and Accounting

18 18 HNC Accounting SCQF Level 7 Every business and organisation has to manage its finances efficiently to make the best use of their resources, so people with the right training are always in demand. Our HNC Accounting programme will provide you with a nationally recognised qualification and the skills you need to work in budgeting and financial accounting. The HNC will also give you the ideal start to a career in accountancy or financial management as it provides exemption from professional qualifications. Key accounting skills covered in the HNC include: financial accounting; accounting software; cost accounting; economics and law. For the HNC you should have a relevant Higher Grade and two qualifications at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent (including Maths and English) or a relevant NQ. If you don t meet our entry requirements, your previous experience and credentials may still qualify you for this course. Please arrange an appointment with a member of college staff to discuss your eligibility. On successful completion of the course with 15 credits you may apply to the HND Accounting then join Year 3 of our Accounting and Finance degree (subjct to approval). You will be qualified to work within financial administration practice, commerce or industry. Previous students have gone on to work for accounting departments with employers such as Aviva and Scottish and Southern Energy. Duration: 1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time) UCAS code: 104N Methods of teaching: Face-to-face teaching and distance learning study. Professional accreditation: Provides exemption from earlier parts of some UK Accountancy bodies exams, for example ACCA and AAT. HNC Administration and Information Technology SCQF Level 7 Businesses and other organisations rely upon people with good skills in administration and information technology. This programme can help your career by providing you with high-level practical and problem-solving skills and improve your job prospects. Completion of this course provides credit towards a number of professional qualifications including the Institute of Qualified Private Secretaries and Association of Secretaries. The HNC covers a wide range of skills including: office administration; word processing and presentations; spreadsheets; databases; book-keeping; personal development planning; customer care and human resource management. A Higher Grade at C or above and two qualifications at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent, preferably in English and Mathematics, or a relevant NC/NQ. If you meet these requirements, you will be invited for an interview. If you don t meet our entry requirements, your previous experience and credentials may still qualify you for this course. Please arrange an appointment with a member of college staff to discuss your eligibility. Upon successful completion of the HNC (15 credits), you may apply to Year 2 of the HND course, which then leads you to Year 3 of BA (Hons) Business Management where further specialisation in administration and organisational management is possible. You will be prepared for employment in administration, or in specialist areas including human resources. Previous students have gone on to work in local authorities and employers, such as Santander and the Forestry Commission. Duration: 1 year (full-time); 2 years, (part-time) UCAS code: 17PN Methods of teaching: Face-to-face teaching and some units are offered through distance learning infill. Professional accreditation: Completion of this course provides credit towards a number of professional qualifications including the Institute of Qualified Private Secretaries and Association of Secretaries. Business and Accounting I

19 19 HNC Business (with Marketing option) SCQF Level 7 In today s dynamic business environment, effective sales and marketing strategies are vital to boost both profitability and reputation. Our business with marketing course has been designed to give you this expertise. The course content has been put together following consultation with employers to ensure that you gain relevant competencies for entry-level marketing positions. There is also an opportunity for further studies in marketing at degree level. Introduction to marketing; international marketing; economics; business accounting; IT; business law; personal enterprise skills; creating a culture of customer care; introduction to HR and communications. A Higher Grade at C or above and two qualifications at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent, preferably in English and Mathematics, or a relevant NQ/NC. If you don t meet our entry requirements, your previous experience and credentials may still qualify you for this course. Please arrange an appointment with a member of college staff to discuss your eligibility. Upon successful completion of the HNC, you may apply to Year 2 of our HND Business course, which may then lead you towards Year 3 of our BA (Hons) Business and Management degree, where further specialisation in marketing is possible. You will be prepared for employment in marketing and general business, with the possibility of progressing to supervisory management positions. There is a role for marketing in every business sector including agencies specialising in advertising, PR and direct marketing. Duration: 1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time) UCAS code: 001N Methods of teaching: Blended learning including face-to-face learning and online access in some units. HNC Business (with Enterprise option) SCQF Level 7 Our business with enterprise course has been designed to help you develop the knowledge and skills necessary for planning a business venture. You will also have the opportunity to take part in a range of events throughout the year hosted by Perth College UHI s Centre for Enterprise. You may also go on to do further studies in enterprise at degree level. Introduction to marketing; getting started in business; personal enterprise skills; economics; business accounting; IT; business law; personal enterprise skills; creating a culture of customer care; introduction to HR and communications. A Higher Grade at C or above and two qualifications at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent, preferably in English and Maths, or a relevant NQ/NC. This course should provide you with direct entry to HND Business Year 2. If you don t meet our entry requirements, your previous experience and credentials may still qualify you for this course. Please arrange an appointment with a member of college staff to discuss your eligibility. Upon successful completion of the HNC, you may apply to Year 2 of our HND Business course, which may then lead you to Year 3 of the BA (Hons) Business and Management course where further specialisation in enterprise is possible. You will be prepared for employment in a range of business-related functions. You will also have the knowledge you need to start your own business. Duration: 1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time) UCAS code: 001N Methods of teaching: Blended learning including face-to-face learning and online access in some units. I Business and Accounting

20 20 PDA Office Management and IT SCQF Level 8 The PDA in Office Management and Information Technology delivers the essential skills and knowledge for a range of senior administrative roles. This makes it suitable CPD for those working in an administrative role, or for anyone seeking to enter employment in this area. IT in business advanced word processing; IT in business advanced spreadsheets; IT in business advanced databases; information and communication technology in business; office management and developing the individual within a team. This qualification has been developed to enhance administration training. Candidates will need previous experience of office administration and competence in the use of ICT. Ideally candidates should possess the IT units at the lower level. If you already have HNC Administration and Information Technology you can use this PDA as a progression route to HND Administration and Information Technology. Successful candidates will have met the needs of CPD in the areas of office management and advanced use of computer application software and be ready for a supervisory role. Duration: It is likely that this will take 18 months to complete Methods of teaching: Face-to-face teaching. PDA Domestic Conveyancing SCQF Level 8 The PDA in Domestic Conveyancing is aimed at both trainee and experienced paralegals working in the specialism of domestic conveyancing, whether in private practice, estate agencies, local authorities, banks or building societies. It could also be undertaken by paralegals wishing to undertake CPD by moving into a new legal specialism, or those aspiring to a paralegal role in the near future. Essential skills for paralegals, applying Scots property law and domestic conveyancing. Learners are expected in the main to be already working as a paralegal, either as a trainee or a more experienced paralegal in this or another legal specialism, although this is not essential. Ideally learners would normally have some experience in conveyancing transactions, although this is also not essential. Learners would normally be expected to have competence in Communication at SCQF Level 6 or equivalent. The PDA in Domestic Conveyancing meets all the training requirements for this cross-section of the legal sector, mapping to the general and relevant domainspecific competences from the Law Society of Scotland. These Law Society competencies are designed specifically to testify to competence required of paralegals in the workplace and these competencies must be demonstrated to an employer in the pre-registration year in order to become a Law Society of Scotland Registered Paralegal. This PDA is relevant in private practice and for those employed in other sectors, including local authority legal teams and those with paralegal responsibilities in a range of other organisations. These can include property investment companies and financial institutions dealing with loans and securities involving property. Duration: A minimum of 160 hours of study Start date: As this course is delivered online you can start at a time to suit you Methods of teaching: Online. Business and Accounting I

21 21 HND Accounting SCQF Level 8 Every business and organisation has to manage its finances efficiently to make the best use of their resources, so people with the right training are always in demand. Our HND Accounting programme will provide you with a nationally recognised qualification and the skills you need to work in taxation, budgeting and financial accounting. The HND will also give you the ideal start to a career in accountancy or financial management as it provides exemption from professional qualifications. You will study tax and develop higher level financial and management accounting skills. You may also have the option of taking part in an overseas study trip. You should have two relevant Higher Grades and two qualifications at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent (English and Maths) or HNC Accounting (15 credits). If you don t meet our entry requirements, your previous experience and credentials may still qualify you for this course. Please arrange an appointment with a member of college staff to discuss your eligibility. On successful completion of the course you may apply to join Year 3 of our Accounting and Finance degree (subject to approval). You will be qualified to work within financial administration practice, commerce or industry. The HND can also provide direct entry to the third year of a number of degree programmes. Previous students have gone on to work for accounting departments with employers such as Aviva and Scottish and Southern Energy. Duration: 2 years (full-time); 4 years (part-time) UCAS code: 004N Methods of teaching: Face-to-face teaching; some units are offered online; distance learning study. Professional accreditation: Provides exemption from earlier parts of some UK Accountancy bodies exams, for example ACCA and AAT. HND Business SCQF Level 8 In the rapidly changing world of business, highly skilled employees are key to providing organisations with a competitive edge. Our business courses have been designed to give you this expertise. HND Business further improves your career prospects as a supervisor or first-line manager. Completion of this course will provide you with excellent all-round business expertise, strategies to deal effectively with change and decision-making tools. Within this course you will study: statistics; finance; enterprise; human resources; management; business culture and strategy; ICT in business; the world economy, business projects and international marketing and you may have the opportunity to take part in an overseas study trip. Two Higher Grades, including English, and two qualifications at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent, including English or Maths. Either of our HNC Business courses should provide you with direct entry to Year 2 (15 credits). If you don t meet our entry requirements, your previous experience and credentials may still qualify you for this course. Please arrange an appointment with a member of college staff to discuss your eligibility. On successful completion of the course you may be eligible to join our BA (Hons) Business and Management. The HND leads you to Year 3 of our Business and Management degree where successful completion of HND leads you to Year 3 of our BA (Hons) Business and Management degree. A choice can be made to specialise in various areas of business, including: finance; human resource management; marketing and enterprise. You will be ready to take up a career in a variety of environments including banking, finance, retail management, marketing, enterprise and human resource management. Duration: 2 years (full-time); 4 years (part-time) UCAS code: 101N Methods of teaching: Blended learning including face-to-face learning and online access in some units. I Business and Accounting

22 22 HND Administration and Information Technology SCQF Level 8 Businesses and other organisations rely upon people with good skills in administration and information technology. This more advanced programme can help your career by providing you with high-level practical and problem-solving skills and improve your job prospects. Completion of this course provides credit towards a number of professional qualifications including the Institute of Qualified Private Secretaries, Institute of Administrative Management and Association of Secretaries. The HND covers: more advanced information technology skills; ICT in business; office management; law and further development of your knowledge of human resource management. You may also get the opportunity to take part in an overseas study trip. Two Higher Grades, including English, and two qualifications at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent including English or Maths. The HNC should provide you with direct entry to Year 2 (15 credits). If you don t meet our entry requirements, your previous experience and credentials may still qualify you for this course. Please arrange an appointment with a member of college staff to discuss your eligibility. You may progress to Year 3 of BA (Hons) Business Management where further specialisation in administration and organisational management is possible. You will be prepared for employment in administration, or in specialist areas including human resources. The HND can lead to a career in administrative management. Previous students have gone on to work in local authorities and employers such as Santander and the Forestry Commission. Duration: 2 years (full-time); 4 years (part-time) UCAS code: 75NG Methods of teaching: Face-to-face teaching and some units are offered through distance learning. Professional accreditation: Completion of this course provides credit towards a number of professional qualifications including the Institute of Qualified Private Secretaries, and Association of Secretaries. BA (Hons) Business and Management SCQF Level 10 This course provides a high-quality, broad-based business and management qualification introducing you to all aspects of today s modern business. Project work is a key element. Modules for themed areas will only run where the minimum number of students have opted to take the module. Alternatively, you may study for a general business management degree which can be gained in Year 3. The Honours year takes place in Year 4. Part-time study is possible. Year 1: (HNC) See HNC Accounting, HNC Business or HNC Administration and Information Technology for entry for details. Year 2: (HND) See HND Accounting, HND Business or HND Administration and Information Technology for entry for details. Year 3: (BA) Research skills; research project; strategic management information systems and managing within the global environment. Finance core modules: financial management project and planning and management. Human resource management core modules: strategic human resource management and employment law in the human resource context. Marketing core modules: international and export marketing and strategic marketing. Enterprise core modules: small business planning and entrepreneurship and social enterprise. Year 4: BA (Hons) Dissertation or researching and planning a new business venture (generic degree and enterprise stream); critical thinking in management; strategic planning. Finance core modules: corporate financial decision-making and social and environmental accounting. Human resource management core modules: employee relations and learning and development in organisations. Marketing core modules: marketing communications and E-business. Enterprise core modules: innovation and enterprise and E-business. Students with a relevant HND qualification or equivalent can apply for 3rd year of this degree. For Year 4 you need an ordinary degree in a relevant subject, with each case being judged on an individual basis. This course aims to prepare you for a management career, gaining up-to-date business skills and knowledge to enable you to succeed within a range of management-type employment opportunities. Duration: 2 years after HND (full-time); longer by part-time study UCAS code: NN21 Methods of teaching: Video conference and online. Business and Accounting I

23 23 BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance (subject to approval) SCQF Level 10 This course follows on from the HND Accounting, equipping graduates for the twenty-first century with understanding and principal skills to practice and manage the full range of core functions within the accounting industry through the application of contemporary theory to professional practice. Part-time study is possible. Students with a relevant HND qualification or equivalent can apply for the third year of this degree. Year 1: Key accounting skills covered in the HNC include: financial accounting; accounting software; cost accounting; economics and law. Year 2: During the HND year 2 you will study tax and develop higher level financial and management accounting skills. You may also have the option of taking part in an overseas study trip. Year 3: (BA) Research skills; financial management; critical thinking in management; research project or work placement; advanced financial reporting; auditing and professional ethics. Year 4: BA (Hons) Dissertation; corporate financial decision making; advanced taxation; social and environmental accounting; international financial reporting. The following qualifications provide direct entry to the third year of the degree programme: HND Accounting. For Year 4 you need an ordinary degree in a relevant subject. We welcome applications from people with relevant qualifications and work experience. This course aims to prepare you for a career in accounting, finance, auditing or taxation, gaining up-to-date accounting and finance skills and knowledge to enable you to succeed within a range of accounting employment opportunities. Duration: 2 years after HND (full-time); longer by part-time study Methods of teaching: Video conference and online. I Business and Accounting

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25 25 Polish national Jo arrived in Perthshire to improve her English and stay for a year. Now, over eight years later, after a period of working in the hotel trade, she enrolled at Perth College UHI, initially onto an English language certificate, leading onto NC Administration, HND Administration and Information Technology and now the BA Business and Management Honours degree. Jo Burek Jo juggles coursework while working, firstly in a hotel, and now at Perth College UHI as an administrator. The course is online which means there is only one scheduled video conference (VC) a week so I can study whenever it suits me and if you have other commitments like work, you can fit them around your study. You do, however, have to be self-motivated and plan the workload. The lecturers are supportive and happy to help with any problems encountered and the quality of teaching is very good. I m looking forward to the honours year, now I know that what I have to do, it will become easier. You need time management skills to cope with all the work you get, but you do get the hang of it. All the work this year is graded, so it s not just about getting a pass, you have to put a lot more work into it. It s worth it though, not only to get a better job, but also because I enjoy the research and the academic side. Employer/Career Focus As the insurance sector is an important local economic driver, we are part of the insurance hub, offering an understanding of working in insurance. The PDA General Insurance online course has been designed specifically to meet industry demands for work-ready employees. The course is online which means there is only one scheduled video conference (VC) a week so I can study whenever it suits me and if you have other commitments like work, you can fit them around your study. I Business and Accounting

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27 27 Computing Throughout business today, computing skills are essential. At Perth College UHI we can provide you with the underpinning knowledge and understanding required to succeed in this ever-changing field. Networks grow and develop. The software and hardware required to keep them going are constantly being upgraded, so to succeed in today s job market it s essential that you are IT literate. You can study from National Certificate (NC) to Higher National Certificate or Diploma (HNC or HND) through to the Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours Degree. Working with industry giants such as Microsoft and ORACLE, dedicated lecturers collaborate with other institutions, with one of our computing lecturers working on a research project at Cambridge University, one of the world s top five universities. There is the opportunity to be involved in carrying out real-life projects such as creating apps and websites for clients looking for business support, allowing you to gain invaluable client-focussed experience useful to your future career. I Computing

28 28 European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) SCQF Level 5 The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) certified by the British Computer Society is the internationally recognised qualification for computer users. ECDL improves learners understanding of computers and promotes efficient use of software. The course is made up of seven modules, each of which is assessed by a test. Using and the Internet: This unit helps you understand how to use internet and in a safe and secure way. It builds a knowledge of the fundamentals of computer security, and how to start browsing the internet and using . Security for IT Users: An essential understanding of how to use a computer in a safe and secure manner, protecting your data and that of other users. IT User Fundamentals: Builds your confidence by teaching basic interaction with computers, from start up to productive use and basic computer house-keeping. Word Processing: Develops your ability to create word-processed documents, entering text, editing and formatting work and using graphs, tables and pictures for a professional finish. You ll also understand how to work more effectively using tools such as the spell-checker and mail merge. Spreadsheet Software: Develop a working knowledge of spreadsheets from entering data and formatting worksheets through to creating charts and producing high quality documents. Database Software: Understand some of the main concepts of databases and enable you to use a database application including creating and modifying tables, queries, forms and reports, and preparing outputs ready for distribution, as well as learning to relate tables and to retrieve and manipulate information from a database by using query and sort tools. Presentation Software: You ll be capable of producing high quality presentations using a variety of tools including charts, graphs and drawn objects. You should be an experienced user of all elements of Microsoft Office or have completed Information and Communication Technology Level 5. For more information, please refer to the courses section of the college website. ECDL Extra SCQF Level 5 The ECDL Extra certified by the British Computer Society builds on basic knowledge and will improve your understanding of computer applications including wordprocessing, spreadsheets and presentation software. Word Processing: This unit develops your ability to create word-processed documents, entering text, editing and formatting work and using graphs, tables and pictures for a professional finish. You ll also understand how to work more effectively using tools such as the spell-checker and mail merge. Spreadsheet Software: This unit will help you develop a working knowledge of spreadsheets from entering data and formatting worksheets through to creating charts and producing high quality documents. Presentation Software: The Presentation Software unit introduces you to this important means of business communication. Upon completion, you ll be capable of producing high quality presentations using a variety of tools including charts, graphs and drawn objects. Improving Productivity Using IT: This unit looks at using tools to help save time and effort when producing word-processed documents, presentations and spreadsheets. You should be an experienced user of all elements of Microsoft Office or have completed Information and Communication Technology Level 5. For more information, please refer to the courses section of the college website. The course opens up a variety of opportunities through the broad range of skills it provides and is widely recognised by employers as proof of ability and competence when working with IT. Duration: 120 hours over 52 weeks Start date: Various start dates Methods of teaching: Distance learning or open access in Learning Centres. The course opens up a variety of opportunities through the broad range of skills it provides and is widely recognised by employers as proof of ability and competence when working with IT. Duration: Up to 18 months Start date: This course can be started throughout the year Methods of teaching: Distance learning or open access in Learning Centres. Computing I

29 29 NPA Web Design Fundamentals SCQF Level 5 This National Award is aimed at developing your skills in designing, developing and using multimedia. It is built around web authoring tools such as Studio MX (Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Flash) and counts towards the twelve credits required for a National Certificate in Digital Media Computing. Computing: Web Design Fundamentals (Intermediate 2) This unit is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of the main technical and design considerations in developing websites. The unit also develops practical skills in the creation of web pages and graphics for use on the World Wide Web. Computing: Interactive Multimedia for Website Development (Intermediate 2) This unit introduces design and development of animation and interactive multimedia applications, including digital narratives, for use on the World Wide Web. Computing: Website Design and Development (Intermediate 2) This unit is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of the website design and development process, with an emphasis on meeting client requirements, evaluation and testing. This unit also develops practical skills in the process of developing a website using web authoring tools. Although you require no formal qualifications you would be expected to have a basic knowledge of HTML and/or have your own computer which has internet access. On completion of the NPA Web Design you may be able to progress onto the PDA in Web Design (evening provision) or the NQ Computer Technologies course. This general purpose award will prepare you for ADOBE and CIW professional vendor qualifications as well as possible employment at a junior level within the computing and IT industry. Duration: Approximately 1 year (part-time, evening) Methods of teaching: Face-to-face. NQ Computer Technologies SCQF Level 5 Every organisation uses software and hardware to solve problems and perform tasks more efficiently, so if you want to improve your career prospects, a good level of computing skills is essential. This introductory course is suitable for all types of people, regardless of qualifications, age or work experience and will allow you to gain practical skills and a formal qualification in digital media computing. You will learn about a range of computer applications which will ensure that you are proficient in multimedia creation, basic games design, software development/ programming and hardware installation and maintenance. As part of this qualification you will also have the opportunity to gain a National Award (NPA) in Web Design Fundamentals, an NPA in Computer Networks and Systems as well as completing the NQ in Computer Technologies. You will also gain industrial experience by working in the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) centre. This placement will allow you to improve and develop your hardware skills in a realistic environment. An introduction to IT covering: computer application packages (word processing, databases, spread sheets and presentations); animation fundamentals; multimedia for website development; computer hardware and systems and computer networking fundamentals. You will also get the chance to improve your employment prospects by identifying and recording your skills, strengths and achievements. You require two Intermediate Level 1 National 4 (SCQF level 4) qualifications, preferably in Computing, Numeracy or Communication. However, if spaces are limited, there will be a selection process and you will be invited to discuss your application with a member of college staff. On completion of the NQ Computer Technologies you may be able to progress onto the HNC Computing (both streams) or HNC Information Technology. This level of qualification might help you to find work at a junior level within the IT industry in data entry or clerical work. Duration: 1 year (full-time) Methods of teaching: Face-to-face. I Computing

30 30 PDA Website Design SCQF Level 7 This part-time course consists of multi-media content creation, development technologies and planning and design. You can enrol on the three units independently or as part of an overall Professional Development Award. Each unit takes around 15 weeks to complete. Website Design, Planning and Design Introduce key factors involved in managing the website development process looking at planning and design. Topics focus on how the web differs from other media, such as lean back and lean forward technologies, usability, accessibility, interface design principles, effective navigation, browser differences, different user requirements, client expectations, legal issues and SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and marketing. Website Design, Multimedia Content Creation This unit introduces some of the key factors to be considered when incorporating multimedia such as graphics, animation and plug-ins into a website. Website Design, Development Technologies This unit introduces some of the core client side and server side languages, technologies and tools required to create and publish websites. This includes securing and maintaining websites and web servers. Candidates will focus on these factors to produce and publish a website or series of web pages to add to their portfolio. You require either an NPA in Web Design Fundamentals or an NQ Computer Technologies or equivalent. Your previous experience and credentials may still qualify you for this course. On completion of this award your credits gained can be used to progress onto the HNC Computing (both streams) award. This award maps directly to HN Interactive Media National Occupational Standards and the Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) Web Design Specialist. HNC Computing (Applications Development) or HNC Computing (Mobile Applications) SCQF Level 7 This course offers an excellent opportunity to gain relevant employment in the computing industry or further study. We offer two themed HNC programmes which will allow you to experience specific areas in computing. Students will follow the same programme throughout the year but will specialise in semester 2. The areas of specialism will allow the student to investigate mobile technologies (Android applications) or gain skills in developing applications. These optional units are subject to sufficient student enrolments. You will study: SQL and database design; developing programming skills and strategies; problem solving (technical support and software development); developing applications (web, mobile and stand-alone products); working in a project team developing software products. For the HNC Computing (both options): an appropriate NC at SCQF Level 5/6 or one Higher. Your previous experience and credentials may still qualify you for this course. Please arrange an appointment with a member of college staff to discuss your eligibility. The HNC (15 credits) may lead to the HND Computing Science Year 2 then on to Year 3 of our BSc (Hons) in Computing. The award prepares you for a career in programming, web development or as a technician. It also prepares you to follow a career in business applications in a variety of areas including mobile and applications development. Duration: 1 year (full time), 2 years (part-time) UCAS code: 304G Methods of teaching: Face-to-face teaching and some modules are offered online. Duration: 1 year (part-time) Methods of teaching: Face-to-face teaching. Computing I

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32 32 HND Computing Science SCQF Level 8 This course offers an excellent opportunity to gain relevant employment in the computing industry or to further study. As well as allowing students to specialise in a wide range of computing skills which have been identified in recent national employer surveys, students are encouraged to work with local employers on a range of projects throughout the year. The HND programme has secured scholarships which allow students to gain valuable employability skills. Year 1: SQL and database design, developing programming skills and strategies, problem solving (technical support and software development, developing applications (web, mobile and stand-alone products) and working in a project team developing software products. Year 2: Individual project work involving engagement with local employers (no formal work placements although opportunities for placements with IT employers may arise), object oriented programming, managing a web server, cloud computing/ computer forensics, relational database management systems, advanced website design development (delivering products suitable for m-commerce). Direct entry into Year 1 requires two Highers or equivalent. Direct entry into Year 2 requires an HNC Computing (15 credits) however other HNC computing related programmes are also acceptable but may require you to carry out additional studies. Your previous experience and credentials may still qualify you for this course. Please arrange an appointment with a member of college staff to discuss your eligibility. The HND Computing Science may lead directly on to Year 3 of our BSc (Hons) in Computing. The award prepares you for a career in programming and website development. It also prepares you to follow a career in business mobile and traditional web applications using relational database management systems technology, to become a database administrator or to act in a supervisory capacity tailoring and/or writing scripts to automate aspects of information technology applications for users with less expertise. These programmes are backed by most of the influential IT companies in Scotland today including Microsoft, ORACLE and ADOBE. Duration: 2 years (full-time); 3 years (part-time) UCAS code: 001I Methods of teaching: Face-to-face teaching and some modules are offered online. BSc (Hons) Computing SCQF Level 9/10 This course will prepare you for a career in computing, particularly in the areas of database theory, web and mobile design, computer forensics, web science and artificial intelligence. It has been designed to produce skilled graduates with the knowledge and experience needed to find work in more responsible technical and professional posts. Students can join this course on successful completion of HND Computing Science. The degree will encourage you to expand up-to-date knowledge and skills in areas such as mobile technologies development and intelligent systems. Your final project could involve you working with real clients developing a wide variety of systems including intranet applications, e-commerce websites and network designs. Year 1: (HNC) subjects include professionalism and ethics in computing, computer systems fundamentals, developing software: an introduction. Year 2: (HND) subjects include software development and technical support. Year 3: (BSc) advanced databases; designing web-based applications; computer forensics; web science, multiuser operating systems; mobile applications development; intelligent systems and team project (projects will be linked to local companies). Year 4: BSc (Hons) web programming; theoretical computational science; databases: relational, object and the web and research skills which will be linked to your dissertation. The course is aimed at producing a well-rounded graduate who has all the necessary knowledge and skills required for a professional career both locally and nationally. To join Year 3 directly you should have: an HND in computer science, computing (software development), computing (technical support), computing (networking), information technology or an equivalent qualification. If you don t meet our entry requirements, your previous experience and credentials may still qualify you for this course. Previous graduates have gone on to work as software and web developers; IT trainers; technical support team leaders; IT advisors and secondary school computing teachers and found employment in companies such as M3 Networks, DogFish, Scotland TransServ, Scottish and Southern Energy, Perth & Kinross Council, Stagecoach and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Previous students have also progressed to post-graduate study including the UHI MSc Computing Science and Web Technologies and MSc in Information Technology at St Andrews University. Duration: BSc lasts 1 year after HND (full-time); BSc (Hons) lasts 2 years after HND (full-time); longer by part-time study. UCAS code: G400 Methods of teaching: A mixture of face-to-face teaching; video conference; online. Computing I

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