Administration and Information Technology HNC

UCAS code 17PN

What is special about this course?

The HNC Administration and Information Technology is designed to meet the demands and requirements of today's modern business environment, and will stand you in good stead to pursue a successful career in business administration.

You will study a wide range of topics, including: MS office applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, database and powerpoint. You will also study units such as recording financial transactions, business communication, office administration and digital technologies for administrators.

Special features

  • You may have the opportunity to study specialised units such as human resource management, using financial accounting software or medical terminology for administrators (Inverness and Lews only)
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above, preferably including English, Administration, Business, or Accountancy
  • 1 A Level at grade D or above, preferably including English, Administration, Business, or Accountancy
  • Alternatively, a relevant NC qualification totalling at least 12 credits, NQ Administration and Information Technology or NQ Administration OR
  • Foundation Apprenticeship Accountancy or Foundation Apprenticeship Business Skills
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Communication: business communication
  • Digital technologies for administrators
  • Graded Unit 1: administration and information technology
  • IT in business - word processing and presentation applications
  • IT in business - spreadsheets
  • IT in business - databases
  • Office administration
  • Personal development planning 
  • Recording financial transactions

Optional units may include:

  • Administrative procedures
  • Creating a culture of customer care
  • Getting started in business
  • Human resource management: an introduction
  • Human resource management: core activities
  • IT in business - word processing, spreadsheets and databases: an introduction
  • Managing people and organisations
  • Marketing: an introduction
  • Medical terminology for administration staff
  • Payroll
  • Personal enterprise skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Research skills
  • Using financial accounting software
  • Visual communication: social media
  • Work experience

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus.

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised and placements will be introduced in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements may be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. International students requiring a Student Route visa to study with us must access scheduled classes on-campus. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online, face to face or blended induction at the start of the course.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time attendance (structured)
  • Part-time distance learning (available at Perth College UHI)
  • Part-time attendance (unstructured)
  • If you wish to apply for the distance learning option at Perth College UHI, please include this in your personal statement when completing our online application form
  • You will study by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom
  • Students at Argyll College UHI and West Highland College UHI will also study some units by video conference

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI - September start only
  • Inverness College UHI - September start only
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • Perth College UHI - September and variable distance learning only
  • Shetland College UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time study only)
  • September and January dates are available for distance learning, please contact Perth College UHI for more details on how to apply for other start dates


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,915
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £461

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £7,020 £7,230
Part-time (per HN credit) £468 £482

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your HNC Administration and Information Technology course you will be equipped to take up a range of posts in business administration.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the following courses:

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I studied the HNC Administration and Information Technology whilst working; my employer was very flexible and allowed me to arrange my work around my studies. I enjoyed the Office package, especially working with Excel spreadsheets which was great for recording financial and quarterly transactions. The course helped me secure a job straight away and I know having experience of different ways of doing things will help me in the future too.

Amanda Wood completed our HNC Administration and Information Technology at West Highland College UHI.

I had been working in administration for 11 years and felt it was time to upskill and refresh some brain cells, so I decided to study HNC Administration and Information Technology. Initially I was nervous as to whether I was too old or if I would have time to dedicate to my studies. 

Despite my worries, all the staff were so helpful and supportive and there was an option to study not only part time but also online both at my local centre in Portree and from home. This meant I could study, work and raise my family at the same time. We covered many interesting units and I learnt so much. It has shown me that you are never too old to learn new skills and learning can be so flexible to fit around your life. I feel fortunate to be able to have completed this course without moving away to a city.

Katrina Macleod completed the HNC Administration and Information Technology at West Highland College UHI.

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