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Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
22 Aug 2022
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 year (August to June)

This HNC Administration and IT with PDA in Medical Administration course is designed to provide an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills you will need to take up a medical secretarial or administrative post within the NHS. This course incorporates the HNC Administration and Information Technology as well as a Professional Development Award (PDA) in Medical Administration which has been designed in consultation with the NHS and is mapped to the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework.

If you wish to study this course on a part time basis please indicate this clearly at the start of the Personal Statement section of the application form.

What will I learn?

  • General practice medical administration
  • Hospital patient administration
  • Medical terminology for administration staff
  • IT (word processing, databases, spreadsheets, presentation applications)
  • Office administration
  • Digital technologies for administrators
  • Personal development planning
  • Financial accounting
  • Communication
  • Work Placement (medical): one week in a hospital or GP surgery
  • Graded unit exam.

Entry requirements (minimum)

One Higher pass at band A-C in a relevant * academic subject and a selection of National 5 units or equivalent.

Relevant Foundation Apprenticeship qualification.

NQ in Medical Administration or Administration along with a reference from your current college.

Applications are welcome from those without formal qualifications but who have relevant life and/or work experience.

* relevant academic subjects include English, Administration, Business Management, Economics, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Studies or a Science subject.

Entry requirement equivalency table

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

The Business School believes that strong links with industry are crucial in order to prepare you further for your chosen career. To that effect, there are familiarisation, interviewing, mentoring, shadowing and placement opportunities with a number of large organisations such as Mercer.

Jobs and further study

  • You will have the potential to move on to a job working in the NHS or any other administrative position.
  • HND Administration and IT - at Langside or Cardonald campus.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

Once we have received your application, you will get an automated confirmation email. (Remember to check your SPAM folder if you do not hear from us). We will then be in touch with you to arrange an interview. Selection will be based on your interview along with proof of qualifications and, where necessary, an academic reference.

Interviews will take place between February and August.

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by email within 14 working days of the interview. There are four possible outcomes:

Unconditional offer: you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed.

Conditional offer: your place is secured, pending entry requirements being met.

Waiting list: you have met all entry requirements, however, the course is full. If any spaces become available, however, you may be contacted.

Unsuccessful: you have not met the entry criteria or did not meet the necessary level at the skills test. You can call the Student Advice Centre to discuss alternative options.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 days, or you risk losing your place.

If a place is unavailable at your first choice of campus, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within 14 days.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further details such as joining instructions, induction date and funding information.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3777