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
  • 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 or Maths
  • 1 A Level at grade D or above, preferably English or Maths
  • 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:

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

Option units may be available in:

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

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

How will I study my 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
  • Inverness College UHI - September start only
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • Perth College UHI - Closed for Jan 2020 entry at this location. Distance learning option still available.
  • Shetland College UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January (part-time study only)
  • Variable 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 or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
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) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £448

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

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

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2018-192019-20
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,855
Part-time (per HN credit)** £448 £457

*There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.


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.

Apply for Administration and Information Technology HNC

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2020 or Aug/Sep 2020 or Jan/Feb 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI 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 gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.