Office Technologies Equivalent to SCQF Level 7

Learn to use different office technologies effectively and efficiently.


Why take this course?

This is a mandatory Unit within the HNC/HND Administration and Information Technology courses, but may also form part of other Group Awards and can be taken as a stand-alone Unit. It is designed to give you the knowledge and skills required to use office technologies effectively to support administrative functions.

This Unit is relevant to anyone wishing to enhance their knowledge and skills in the use of ICT in an office context, or those who are interested in a career in an administrative environment. On completion you will able to:

  • Provide recommendations for selecting equipment and software to meet the needs of the administrative function
  • Investigate and explain the benefits of using e-technologies to carry out administrative tasks
  • Plan and organise work using electronic tools

Credit points and level: 1 HN credit at SCQF level 7: (8 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7)

What you will experience

There are three main outcomes:

In Outcome 1 you will learn about the hardware and software used to support the administrative function and how to identify and recommend improvements to ICT systems within an administrative environment.

In Outcome 2 you will learn how to use the internet effectively and efficiently for administrative and communication purposes, and demonstrate this by sourcing specific information.

In Outcome 3 you will learn about the importance of planning and prioritising your workload, and the ways in which e-technologies can help you achieve this. You will learn to use file management techniques to organise and plan workload. 

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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course requires you to manage your workload independently, and will involve attendance at a campus or centre - often for assessment purposes only.

Entry requirements

It would be beneficial to have some experience of administrative functions. This may be demonstrated by possession of the unit: Administrative Services (DM3P 11) or equivalent, or relevant work experience.

What you will need

Students are responsible for securing any unit resources listed.

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?

Please note that fee waivers may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses

Next steps



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This course requires some attendance at College, often for assessment purposes only. Please enquire about expectations for your specific course when booking.

Attendance is usually at the Aberdeen City Campus or Fraserburgh Campus.

Pre-entry guidance is required prior to booking a place on this course. Please contact Brenda Bryce, Distance Learning Co-ordinator by email or on 01346 506014 in the first instance for more information. When submitting your distance learning application form, please ensure you attach the additional information sheet listing qualifications and previous knowledge with your application. You may be required to attend College for assessment. Please check if this is a requirement for your course.

Duration Fees Code
40 Hours over 6 Months £120.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form and additional information form for this course and return them to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

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