admin and IT student working at a PC
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
24 Aug 2020
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 years (August to June)

This Administration and Information Technology course will prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need to find a job in a wide range of administrative and IT roles, or for further study.

What will I learn?

You will learn about current administrative, business and professional practices, along with gaining the increased digital skills you require for this type of career. The first year of this course incorporates the HNC.

Year 1 (HNC)

  • IT (word processing, databases, spreadsheets, presentation applications)
  • Digital administration
  • Digital technologies
  • Personal development planning
  • Financial accounting
  • Communication
  • Work experience (subject to availability)
  • Graded unit examination
  • Introduction to Human Resource Management

Year 2 (HND)

  • Office management
  • Human resources
  • Employment law
  • Advanced IT (word processing, databases, spreadsheets)
  • Information and communication technology (ICT) in business
  • Developing the individual within a team
  • Work experience (subject to availability)
  • Presentation skills
  • Graded unit exam and project
  • Possible non-core units include customer care, economics, business statistics, business start-up and market

Employer and industry links

  • The College has employer links with a variety of organisations. As part of your course, you may go on a trip to visit an organisation and/or guest speakers may be brought in.
  • Some of our employer links include: Sky, Bridge to Business, Coca-Cola, Police Scotland, Glengoyne Distillery, Made Brave, Royal Bank of Scotland, Anderson Strathern, Spectre and Mercer.

Articulation Routes

You may move on to the second or third year of a degree at any of the following:

  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • University of the West of Scotland
  • Robert GordonS University
  • Strathclyde University
  • Heriot Watt University
  • Stirling University
  • and a number of others throughout the UK.

You can also move on to University of Glasgow Honours Degree in Rural Business Management.

Jobs and further study

This HND has a strong managerial focus which will enable you to progress more quickly to supervisory/management roles or third-year entry to various degree courses at the University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian University and other UK universities.

This course will prepare you for a wide range of sectors and jobs, for example, local government, the health service, manufacturing and retail.

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.
  • Applications are welcome from those without formal qualifications but who have relevant life/work experience.
  • An interview will be part of the selection process.

*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.

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. 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 January and August.

You may be accepted onto the course without an interview if you have the necessary qualifications.

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by email within 10 working days of the interview. There are four possible outcomes:

  1. Unconditional offer: you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed.
  2. Conditional offer: your place is secured, pending entry requirements being met.
  3. Waiting list: you have met all entry requirements, however, the course is full. If any spaces become available, however, you may be contacted.
  4. 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 10 working 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 10 working 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 3267