Administration NC

What is special about this course?

The NC Administration SCQF Level 5 course provides an exciting new opportunity to gain the skills required for working in an administrative role within any organisation in the public or private sector. As part of the programme there will be the opportunity to achieve the Higher in Administration and Information Technology and achieve some SCQF Level 6 units as well as plan and take part in a real event.
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 or part time study.

Entry requirements

3 National 4s, one of which must be English


2 Standard Grades at General level (or equivalent), one of which must be English


satisfactory attainment of a SCQF Level 4 course.

Applications are encouraged from mature students who do not possess formal qualifications but have appropriate understanding and skills to meet the academic demands of the course.

Mandatory units:

  • Word Processing
  • Front of Office Skills
  • Central Services
  • Managing Your Time and Resources
  • Handling Business Documents
  • Researching and Preparing Presentations
  • Event Organisation
  • IT Solutions for Administrators
  • Communication

Optional Units:

  • Word Processing at SCQF Level 6
  • Administration and IT (External Higher) at SCQF Level 6
  • IT Solutions for Administrators at SCQF Level 6
  • E-touch Typing: Copy Speed Test (40 wpm)
  • Recording Cash Transactions
  • Human Resources: Administration
  • Developing Skills for Employment
  • Work Placement
  • Contact Centre Skills: Call Handling

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

The full-time course consists of 18 credits delivered over one academic year.

Part-time study is also negotiable. All units of the course are available for study on an individual basis; each unit usually requires attendance for approximately 1.5 hours per week over a semester (17 weeks) but this can vary between units.

How long will my course last?

1 Years
  • Full time (1 year)
  • Part time (2 years)

The full-time course consists of 18 credits delivered over one academic year.
Part-time, flexible study is available.  All units of the course are available for study on an individual basis.
Open learning study options are also available.

Where can I study my course?

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


Shetland Islands Council Local Bursary funding may be available.
Contact: Hayfield House, Lerwick Tel: 01595 743844 or visit 
Students may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.  
Please contact for more information or visit our funding page.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Academic: You can progress on to our Higher National Certificate (HNC) Business, Accounting, Events or IT at Shetland UHI or another college (conditional on achieving one Higher or equivalent, at SCQF level 6).

Employment/Career: You can apply for a range of administrative employment positions, including Modern Apprenticeships within local organisations. 

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"The college has given me the boost I needed to better myself.  I now have a job."

'A dynamic course designed to offer flexible pathways and exit routes into a diverse business environment.'

Emily Garrick, Senior Lecturer

Apply for Administration NC

I want to start in 2023/24

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.