Business and Finance (SCQF level 7) PDA

Course code 204N

What is special about this course?

Do you have ambitions for a successful career in business or finance? Are there areas of knowledge and skills that you need to develop to prepare yourself or progress to a higher level of study? 

Study our PDA in Business and Finance (SCQF level 7) and develop a broad range of transferable core skills, at a level sought after by employers. Let us support you in your career aspirations and gain the experience and qualifications needed to progress to further studies in courses such as HNC Business or HNC Accounting. 

Special features

  • Study fully online
  • Completion of this qualification enables automatic credit transfer for the 4 credits if progressing onto HNC or HND qualifications

Entry requirements

  • National 5 Maths or equivalent

Year 1 - PDA

You will study the following core modules:

  • Digital marketing communications: an introduction (SCQF 7)
  • Marketing: an introduction (SCQF 7)
  • Recording financial transactions (SCQF 6)
  • Using financial accounting software (SCQF 7) 

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • This course can be studied fully online, through a combination of video-conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors. You should use the Orkney link to apply for fully online study
  • You can also study this course in person, on-campus. You will be based at UHI Moray for face-to-face study and should use the Moray link to apply for face-to-face study

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 1 years @ 4 hours per week
  • Part-time (unstructured): up to 2 years

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

  • Moray
  • Orkney
  • This course can be studied online from anywhere in the world. You should apply to, and will be enrolled and supported by, UHI Orkney
  • If you wish to study in person, on campus, you will be based at UHI Moray and should use the Moray link to apply

Start date

  • September
  • January


For information on costs for this course please contact the campus where you wish to study.


This course may be eligible for an Orkney Islands Council Small Business Training Grant award, please contact the Business Gateway on 01856 898 749 to discuss this further.

Additional costs

The course fees for this PDA are £520.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Accountancy
  • Administration
  • Business
  • Finance

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress from the PDA in Business and Finance to the following courses:

  • HNC Accounting
  • HNC Administration
  • HNC Business

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Business and Finance (SCQF level 7) PDA

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2024 or Jan/Feb 2025

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate 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 gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.