Administration & Information Technology SCQF Level 7

Helping you to acquire vital technical and interpersonal skills so that you can pursue a successful career in administration.


Why take this course?

This course is designed for those who would like to achieve a recognised qualification, that will allow them to follow a career in a range of industries, or undertake study at a higher level. This course will provide you with wide-ranging opportunities for employment and can allow for progression towards a variety of higher education programmes.

To achieve the HNC qualification, a minimum of 12 credits are required from a mix of core and optional units. The course is credit-based, and the units studied will be a mix of core and optional subjects.

What you will experience

In the first part of this course, students will undertake 6 credits which will contribute to the overall HNC award. These include:

  • Office Administration (1 credit)
  • Office Technologies (1 credit)
  • Communication: Analysing and Presenting Complex Communication (1 credit)
  • IT in Business: Word Processing, Spreadsheets and Databases: An Introduction (1 credit)
  • IT in Business: Word Processing and Presentation Applications (2 credits)

In the second part of this course, students will undertake 6 credits:

  • IT in Business: Databases (1 credit)
  • IT in Business: Spreadsheets (1 credit)
  • Introduction to Managing the Human Resource (1 credit)
  • Recording Financial Information (1 credit)
  • Graded Unit 1 (1 credit)
  • Developing Skills for Personal Effectiveness (1 credit)

This course is partly assessed on a continuous basis, but does include an external end-of-course examination. Coursework takes the form of essays, reports, presentations, case studies and practical projects. Most of the assessment of student work is undertaken by College staff.

Student writing

Key facts

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for those with Highers, those who have completed the Higher syllabus or those who have successfully completed a non-advanced course.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course. A Foundation Apprenticeship in Business Skills will be considered as equivalent of two Highers for entry to this course – no further Higher qualifications will be required. A Foundation Apprenticeship in Accounting will be considered equivalent to a subject related Higher. The additional Higher required for entry does not require to be subject related.

For those returning to education, life skills and experience in the workplace may allow entry subject to availability.

What you will need

Students must supply a 1 GB memory stick.

What you need to know

Additional costs

This course involves an additional SQA fee. Please see our Courses Explained page for further information on costs.

Anything else?

After completion of part 1, students would be expected to progress to part 2 of the HNC programme - this is when you would complete a further 6 credits for the HNC group award.

Please note that opportunities exist to undertake this course on a Day Release basis by infilling into existing groups at both our Aberdeen City and Fraserburgh Campuses. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for further information.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

At University

If you complete all 30 credits (15 at HNC level, followed by 15 at HND level), you may then want to consider moving on to a university degree. Depending on the university, you could enter into year 3 of a related course.


For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.


Those applying for Year 1 of a part-time NC, HNC or HND level course will require pre-entry guidance before booking on to their course. Please contact the Student Advice Centre: 

Telephone: 01224 612330

Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.