Administration NC

What is special about this course?

This course is suitable for school leavers or other young people looking for employment in an administrative field.

It may also be attractive if you are a mature student wishing to change career direction or return to full-time study.

There are opportunities to study ECDL or any of the other component units on a part-time basis.

Entry requirements

Three National 4 qualifications - preferably including English and Administration or equivalent qualifications or experience.

The course contains the following:

  • Information Technology for Administrators
  • Word Processing level 5
  • Front of Office
  • Central Services
  • Managing your Time and Resources
  • Handling Business Documents
  • Researching & Preparing Presentations
  • Event Organisation
  • Communication

You will achieve the National Certificate in Administration at level 5, plus a range of additional NQ unit qualifications.  These may include shorthand, audio, book-keeping, advanced word processing and administration for human resources.

All students undertake a work placement of approximately 5 days with a local organisation, in a suitable administrative role.

You will also have the opportunity to complete the European Computer Driving Licence.

This course is an ideal preparation for HNC Administration and IT, as it introduces you to most of the main areas of study of the HNC.  It also provides a good re-introduction to study for those who may have been away from formal education for a while.

If you don't have time to take the whole NC course you may consider studying a range of the units to complement your existing skills.  Alternatively, the Administration National Progression Awards, which are listed separately, can be studied as in-fill to the NC course.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Years

The full-time course consists of 16 credits delivered over one academic year.  Where a short full-time course is available, this will be taught over one semester, usually January to June, and you will complete the minimum 12 credits to achieve the NC qualification.

All units of the course are available for study on an individual basis.  Each unit usually requires attendance for approximately 2 hours per week over a semester (17 weeks) but this can vary for some units.  Please ask staff in your local centre for timetable details.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

Please contact your local centre for more information on start date.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


What can I do on completion of my course?

If you have completed one or more component units as a part-time student, you could go on to complete the whole NC award.  This could be done as a full-time or part-time student.

Successful achievement of NC Administration is the perfect entry qualification for HNC Administration and IT.

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