HNC Administration and Information Technology candidate information

The HNC in Administration and Information Technology can provide progression into employment in a general administrative role in small to medium enterprises, whilst also providing opportunities to develop the skills and knowledge required for more specialist posts demanded by larger organisations.

This qualification will allow you to develop: technical and administrative knowledge relevant to current practice; interpersonal skills relevant to an administrative role; personal effectiveness; communication and presentation techniques.

Employment and Progression Opportunities

The qualification includes a large variety of options to ensure that it can be made to match local employer demands.

The IT units provide the underpinning knowledge and skills for a wide range of qualifications, such as PC Passport, MOS and ECDL.

A range of delivery methods offered by centres can give experienced employees the opportunity to work towards this Group Award as part of their continuous professional development.

On successful completion you may be able to apply for membership to:

  •  Institute of Professional Administrators
  • Institute of Administrative Management


As with all SQA qualifications, access is at the discretion of the Centre. Some examples of appropriate formal entry qualifications are:

  • Any two relevant National Courses at Higher together with three Standard Grade Passes at level 3 or above.
  • An SVQ in Administration at level 2 or 3 or other relevant area.
  • One NQ Higher for entry HNC and two for HND.
  • Relevant National Units at appropriate levels (eg Core Skills Units at Intermediate 1 or 2) combined with any of the above.
  • Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, Vocational Qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may also be acceptable, as would suitable industry standard qualifications at an appropriate level.

Mature candidates with suitable work experience may be accepted for entry provided the enrolling centre believes that you are likely to benefit from undertaking the award.