Course Outline:

With a continued demand for staff with advanced administration and IT skills, and an average annual salary in Scotland of over £28,000 for an office manager, and specialist administrators earning over £23,000 a year, there are good opportunities for those wanting to enter the profession. With a demand for those with Administration, Digital and IT skills, the HNC course is perfect for those looking to enter the business world or progress to the second year of the HND before progressing to year 3 of a University Degree course.

This course will start in August 2022.

Education Progression:

  • Direct entry to second year HND Administration and Information Technology if you achieve an A/B in graded unit 1

Entry Requirements:

One or more of the following:

  • 1 Higher plus 3 National 5 awards
  • Relevant group of SQA National Qualifications at SCQF level 5/6
  •  Foundation apprenticeship in a relevant subject
  • Equivalent recognised qualification
  • Relevant current work experience
  • A keen interest in the subject area
  • If English is not your first language, ESOL at an appropriate level or IELTS or equivalent with an entry score of 5.5 or above
  • Acceptance may depend on interview

When applying for this course please begin your personal statement with the course name.

Course Type and Length Options

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Career Progression:

This course could lead to employment in a senior administrative role in sectors, including finance, healthcare, HR, hospitality, IT, marketing, retail and in the public sector.

Other Information:

Graduates of the HNC and HND Administration & Information Technology are eligible for Member grade membership of the Institute of Administrative Management (MInstAM). For more information see

Who is the Course For?

This course is ideal for anyone wanting to develop a career in IT, administration and HR. It will suit school leavers or those looking to change career or take their first steps into the industry.

What Will I Study?

You’ll learn various business subjects and about the business environment. Subjects include Microsoft Office software applications, office Administration, marketing, social media for business, web design, digital technologies.  You’ll focus on HR and individual employee relations. You’ll learn through work placement, groupwork, lectures, industry visits and guest speakers.

How Will I Be Assessed?

Ongoing assessment through a range of practical activities, candidate folios, self-evaluation, planning and review using secure SQA assessment support packs. End-of-term closed-book graded unit assessment.

Why Should I Choose This Course?

This course will prepare you for various opportunities in the business, administration and IT sector. You’ll learn about databases, spreadsheets, human resources, marketing, communication and administrative functions. You’ll be taught by people with extensive experience of the industry, and get the chance to go on industry visits and learn from guest speakers.

In addition to a broad understanding of business organisations, this course will develop your skills and knowledge in the application and theory of complex HR management issues.  This will prepare you for further study at degree level in HR or Business management.

What are The Interview Arrangements?

Group information session followed by one-to-one interview.