Subject Information - NPA PC Passport

Head of Department: Mr Colin Duncan

Course Progression: Accounting

The Economics and Business Studies Department aims to enable pupils to become better economic decision-makers, both at a personal level and within society as a whole.

Business Education encompasses a number of subject areas: Economics, Business Management, Accounting, Administration & IT, Travel & Tourism and PC Passport .  We aim not only to develop the pupil's insight into the economic world in which they live, but also to equip them with the analytical and practical skills to give them a stake in the economic system. This involves developing a spirit of enterprise, challenging the pupils to think, develop and communicate their ideas effectively and put them into practice.

Courses in NPA PC Passport

NPA PC Passport is part of a set of awards caled National Progression Awards (NPA). They are aimed at assessing a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas.

NPA PC Passport offers a suite of vocational IT qualifications available from beginner to advanced level (focusing on industry-standard software and skills). The NPA PC Passport can be offered at SCQF levels 4, 5 and 6 and provides learners with up-to-date knowledge and skills in a range of popular IT software. We will be offering this course at level 5.

The knowledge and skills learnt are directly relevant to the world of business and employment and, as such, are important elements in the portfolio of skills and knowledge which a learner takes to the job market. 

The qualification aims to provide: 

  • Improved digital skills, particularly software skills. 
  • Improved collaboration skills. 
  • Improved cognitive and practical competences in a range of contexts. 
  • Improved vocational skills that can be used in a wide range of job roles. 
  • Up-to-date knowledge and skills in using contemporary software.
  • Skills in using contemporary application packages in word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software. 
  • Skills in using the collaborative aspects of these packages by using the cloud-based features. 
  • An understanding of the uses and limitations of contemporary application software. 
  • An improved technical vocabulary relating to application software.

Teaching & Learning

A practical hands-on approach to learning will be adopted to engage learners and exemplify key concepts. However, all practical activities will be underpinned with appropriate knowledge before learners commence these activities.


There is no end of course assessment in May. At least two pieces of evidence must be generated to show competence in each unit. The work will be assessed using the SQA e-assessment package (SOLAR). These will be done as pupils complete each unit.


The course is made up of three units:

  • word processing, 
  • spreadsheets and 
  • presentation software. 

Individual units can be completed, assessed and awarded. 

On completion of all three units pupils would gain the Group Award.

We will start with the word processing unit to better equip pupils in the production of assignments in other subjects they will be completing elsewhere in school. The other two units will then be completed in turn. Each unit is approximately 40 hours of study. 

Each unit has a particular emphasis on using web applications, although this is not exclusive and desktop apps can be used as long as learners can collaborate on documents within a cloud based service. 

Each Unit is suitable for learners who have no previous experience or those who already have some basic knowledge and want to further develop their skills. 

Word Processing

This unit is designed to enable learners to develop the necessary skills and techniques for using the routine features of word processor applications. Learners will gain practical experience in the use of routine features of the software, using web and desktop applications. The learners will be able to use routine word processing application features to format and present documents to a given brief. They will also be able to store, share and collaborate on a routine document online. 

On successful completion of the Unit the learner will be able to: 

  • Use routine features of a word processing application to a given brief. 
  • Create a routine document. 
  • Collaborate on a routine document. 

The purpose of this unit is to enhance learners' knowledge, understanding and practical problem-solving skills in using spreadsheet applications, through a range of practical and knowledge based tasks. Learners will gain knowledge and skills in creating routine spreadsheets and implementing practical solutions using a range of routine features and functions of spreadsheet applications. 

On successful completion of the Unit the learner will be able to: 

  • Describe the routine functions and features of a spreadsheet application. 
  • Create a routine spreadsheet to a given brief. 
  • Collaborate in the production of a routine spreadsheet.

This Unit is designed to provide knowledge and skills in using presentation packages to create routine presentations. The Unit has a particular emphasis on using web applications, although this is not exclusive and desktop apps can be used as long as learners can collaborate on presentations within a cloud based service. This Unit covers the creation of routine presentations, including creating, editing, saving, sharing and collaborating on presentation documents. Learners will develop knowledge and skills in the use of routine application features and in how to make use of media elements in presentations.

On successful completion of the Unit the learner will be able to: 

  • Describe routine presentation application features. 
  • Create a routine presentation. 
  • Collaborate on a routine presentation.

Recommended Entry

This course is open to any pupil interested in developing their IT skills.


Higher Administration & IT

Further Information

Please refer to the information on the SQA’s website.

Individual Unit (level 5) information:



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