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. The second year builds on the HNC skills you gained in first year and will give you the knowledge, experience and qualifications to succeed in an administrative or office-based role. It will give you what you need to enter the business world or to progress to second year of a university course.

This course will start in August 2022.

Education Progression:

Direct entry (at the discretion of the university) to third year of a BA (Hons) degree in a related subject

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
  • Direct entry to second year requires an HNC in Administration and IT, with a minimum of 14 credits and an A/B in graded unit 1
  •  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

Mode Length
Full-time 1 year

Career Progression:

This course leads to opportunities within the business industry.

Other Information:

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

Admin & IT

Who is the Course For?

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

What Will I Study?

You’ll learn about business subjects and the business environment with topics such as office studies and IT. You’ll learn through work placement, groupwork, lectures, industry visits and guest speakers.

In your second year you’ll have the option to gain a Professional Development Award in Book-keeping which will broaden your career aspirations and job opportunities.

You’ll learn about using financial accounting software, recording financial transactions and Sage Payroll.

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, plus two closed-book graded unit assessments, one at the end of year 1 and one at the end of year 2.

Why Should I Choose This Course?

This course will expand and refine your knowledge of databases, spreadsheets, HR, marketing, communication and administrative functions, preparing you for further study and a number of different careers. You’ll be taught by people with extensive experience of the industry, and get the chance to go on industry visits and hear from guest speakers.

What are The Interview Arrangements?

First year students only or if transferring from another college: group information session followed by one-to-one interview and a practical numeracy and language skills test.