HNC/HND Administration and Information Technology

HNC/HND Administration and Information Technology

The HNC in Administration and Information Technology (SCQF level 7) and HND in Administration and Information Technology (SCQF level 8) provide learners with a progression route into employment. This could be in a general administrative role in small-to-medium size organisations, or a more specialist post as demanded by larger businesses.

This qualification covers areas such as current administrative practices; IT skills; interpersonal skills; personal effectiveness; communication skills and presentation techniques. A range of optional units allows the inclusion of specialist knowledge and skills in human resource management, IT, shorthand, medical administration, accounting, business, legal practice, events management, and languages.

This qualification is available through colleges and other education and training institutions. Typically, an HNC takes one year to complete and an HND takes two years on a full-time basis. Part-time or open learning delivery is possible over a longer period of time.

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Why deliver this qualification

Higher National qualifications have been developed by SQA in partnership with colleges, universities and industry — so employers recognise that they provide sound evidence of ability.

The unit-based structure supports flexibility. A unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

The HNC and HND in Administration and Information Technology offer a number of benefits to candidates:

  • they provide skills, knowledge and capabilities needed for employment
  • they enable progression to higher education
  • they can enhance career prospects
  • teaching and assessment can be aligned to the candidate’s workplace
  • achievement is certified and nationally recognised

Who does this qualification suit

The HNC and HND Administration and Information Technology are appropriate for those who have an interest in a career in administration at any level. The HND in Administration and Information Technology develops further skills and knowledge for those interested in managerial roles and/or further academic study. Learners are likely to come from the following groups:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • those in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects

Access

As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • appropriate groupings of National Units
  • any two National Qualifications at Higher
  • any relevant National Qualifications Group Award at SCQF level 5 or 6
  • an SVQ 2 or 3 in Business and Administration or IT
  • training programmes or qualifications from bodies other than SQA
  • relevant work experience

Progression

Learners who achieve an HNC Administration and Information Technology can progress to the HND in Administration and Information Technology.

Learners achieving the HNC or HND in Administration and Information Technology may have the option of progressing to:

  • second year or third year of a Business, Administration, Management or IT related degree
  • employment in an administrative/senior administrative/managerial role

HNC/HND Administration and Information Technology may provide some underpinning knowledge for SVQs in Business and Administration at SCQF level 6 and SCQF level 7/8.

Approval

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority require to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

How to assess

Each individual unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for each unit.

  • Each unit is internally assessed.
  • Graded units are internally assessed and are allocated a grade.
  • A range of assessment methods is appropriate throughout HNC/HND qualifications.
  • Assessment may be integrated across units where content and/or context aligns.
  • Assessment/e-assessment support packs are available for this qualification.

Understanding Standards material is available for all Administration and Information Technology Graded Units (log-in required).

Where can you take this course?

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Qualification Structure

HNC Administration and Information Technology

Group award code: GM10 15 (96 SCQF credit points)

HNC Administration and Information Technology at SCQF level 7 consists of nine mandatory units (80 SCQF credit points) and 16 SCQF credit points from optional units.

HND Administration and Information Technology

Group award code: GM0Y 16 (240 SCQF credit points)

HND Administration and Information Technology at SCQF level 8 consists of 18 mandatory units (168 SCQF credit points) and 72 SCQF credit points from optional units.

Group Award Specification

Qualification Verification Summary Reports

Qualification Verification Summary Reports were formerly known as Internal Assessment Reports.

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SOLAR assessment

SOLAR Assessment for Digital Technologies for Administrators (HH82 34)

Centres using SOLAR to assess the project element of this unit should refer to the recent communication from SOLAR colleagues regarding this assessment.

Centres may retain evidence on college VLE or other repository for the project assessment rather than upload to SOLAR.

Digital Technologies for Administrators HH82 34 – SOLAR Guide for teaching staff

SQA has provided a guide to delivery and assessment of the unit Digital Technologies for Administrators (HH82 34) based on the experience of teaching staff.

OpenAssess (www.sqasolar.org.uk/openassess ) is a facility which enables the delivery of formative assessments to support learning within SQA qualifications. It is part of the SOLAR suite of applications that SQA uses to deliver assessment across a range of qualifications. We have released a limited number of formative assessments to support Business, Accounting and Administration and IT Higher National awards. These cover topics such as meeting skills, employee motivation techniques and payroll.

The full list of all assessments available through SOLAR, both formative and summative is available on the SOLAR website at www.sqasolar.org.uk.

SOLAR Formative Assessment
Additional information Assessment title Unit title Unit number Topics covered
Topic-based formative questions.

10 questions
Employee motivation Various Various ALL
Topic-based formative questions.

10 questions
Meetings Various Various ALL

Error Tolerance Guidance for HN Accounting Units

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