National 4 Administration and IT
The National 4 Administration and IT Course develops learners’ administrative, organisational and IT skills. Learners develop an understanding of administration in the workplace and the key legislation affecting employeers, enabling them to contribute to the effective functioning of organisations through administrative positions.
Updates and announcements
Threshold for assessment standards in units — reminder
Please remember that, as previously detailed in the Administration and IT Review Report, we have applied a threshold to the judgement of assessment standards in National 4 Administration and IT units for session 2016-17. The thresholds are as follows:
- IT Solutions for Administrators — 8 out of 10 assessment standards.
- Communication in Administration — 4 out of 5 assessment standards.
- Administrative Practices — 6 out of 7 assessment standards.
If a candidate successfully meets the specified number of assessment standards they will be judged to have passed the unit overall and no further re-assessment will be required.
Please note that the above thresholds have been put in place to reduce the volume of re-assessment, where required. Candidates should still be given the opportunity to meet all of the assessment standards for each unit, particularly in preparation for course assessment.
This explains the overall structure of the Course, including its purpose and aims and information on the skills, knowledge and understanding that will be developed.
These provide an outline of what each Unit will cover within the Course and detail the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.
Added Value Unit Specification
These define the mandatory requirements for the Added Value Unit, including the Outcomes and Assessment Standards.
They also include the further mandatory information on Course coverage for the National 4 Course and include information on the assessment method to be used and the conditions of assessment.
Advice and guidance
Course and Unit Support Notes
These provide advice and guidance for teachers/lecturers on learning, teaching and assessment within the Course and its Units.
Past Papers and Marking Instructions
Added Value Unit Assessment
The Administration and IT Added Value Unit assessment is an assignment. It is supported by SQA-devised electronic files, so centres should not normally make any changes to the assessment. In the assessment, candidates have to undertake a series of tasks to plan and prepare for an event, communicate information and complete follow-up activities, making use of technology where appropriate.
Centres can choose from a bank of these assessments, available from September 2013. Centres can access the assessments through their SQA Co-ordinator.
As with all SQA Unit assessments, Added Value Unit assessments must be internally verified by centres.
Unit Assessment Support
These documents contain details of Unit assessment task(s), show approaches to gathering evidence and how the evidence can be judged against the Outcomes and Assessment Standards. Teachers/lecturers can arrange access to these confidential documents through their SQA Co-ordinator.
Understanding Standards materials
We are publishing examples of candidate evidence with commentaries as part of our Understanding Standards programme. These materials are for teachers and lecturers to help them develop their understanding of the standards required for assessment. As these materials become available, they are being published in the following locations:
- Available from our secure website Materials relating to Unit assessment, internally assessed components of Course assessment, and externally assessed components of Course assessment which are subject to visiting assessment. Teachers and lecturers can arrange access to these materials through their SQA Co-ordinator.
- Available from our Understanding Standards website Materials relating to externally assessed components of Course assessment, with the exception of those subject to visiting assessment.
More information on our Understanding Standards programme, can be found on our Understanding Standards page.