Administration SCQF Level 5

For those who want to build a career in administration, through direct employment or progression to HNC/D level study.


Why take this course?

This course is aimed at those who want to build a career in administration, either through direct employment or progression to the HNC/D Administration & Information Technology courses.

You will develop your understanding of administrative roles and your knowledge of vital practices, ensuring you are well prepared for progression towards further study or direct entry into the workplace.

What you will experience

You will learn how to effectively operate within an administrative environment whilst building skills in word processing, time-management and handling business documents. Other key topics include professionalism, how to prepare presentations, front of office processes and effective communication.

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Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have knowledge and skills relating to administration and a pass in Administration and/or Business and English at National 5 level or equivalent, if possible. At the very least applicants should have Core Skills Communication at SCQF Level 5.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following courses at North East Scotland College: 

At University

If you choose to complete a HNC or HND course after completing this course, you may want to then consider moving on to a university degree. Depending on the university, you could enter in to year 2 or year 3 of a related course.


Employment opportunities are often found in junior administrative roles such as:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrator
  • Office Assistant

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

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