Administration Higher

What is special about this course?

This course is suitable for candidates who are interested in the management functions of administration and advanced uses of digital technology, and who want to develop these skills further. 
This course helps candidates to develop advanced administration skills and digital literacy relevant to the world of work and to be aware of current legislation and the importance of customer care.
Candidates will develop the ability to use a range of advanced software application functions covering: word processing, spreadsheets, database and emerging technologies.

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 part time study.

Entry requirements

National 5 English / Administration or working towards this level

Knowledge of Microsoft Office packages (Word processing, Spreadsheets, Databases and PowerPoint)


Administrative theory and practice 
In this unit, learners develop their understanding of the factors contributing to an efficient administrative function. This includes time and task management, effective teams, complying with workplace legislation, the impact of digital technologies, and customer care. 
IT Solutions for Administrators
In this unit, learners develop skills in organising and managing information using digital technology in administrative contexts. They will use software applications to manage, edit and create business documents.  

Communication in Administration
In this unit candidates will learn how to overcome barriers and develop effective ways of communicating to meet the needs of their audience.   They will also develop skills, knowledge and understanding of how to maintain the security and confidentiality of information. 

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Distance learning
  • Flexible
  • Block release
  • Online

Units will be delivered by a combination of face-to-face teaching and online delivery.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

How will I be assessed?

    Assessment is ongoing throughout the year, a combination of open and closed book assessments

Where can I study my course?

    Start date



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

    Additional costs

    Please refer to our fees and funding policy.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    When students have completed this course, progression routes include:

    •    HNC Administration & IT
    •    HNC Accounting
    •    HNC Business
    •    HNC Computing
    •    PDA Administration & IT
    •    PDA Financial Accounting
    •    PDA Management Accounting
    •    SVQ Business & Administration 

    Career Options and Opportunities:

    •    Receptionist
    •    Administration Assistant                             
    •    Customer Service Assistant
    •    Secretary

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    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Shetland. UHI Shetland operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.