NPA Administration: Medical (Administrative Secretary)

NPA Administration: Medical (Administrative Secretary)

The National Progression Award (NPA) in Administration: Medical (Administrative Secretary) at SCQF level 5 has been designed to equip candidates with the skills required for success in current and future employment within the health sector or for progression to further academic qualifications.

The NPA has been developed along with the National Certificate in Administration and the Units are available as optional Units within the new National Certificate in Administration at SCQF level 5 (G99P 45).

This qualification is available through schools and colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

The NPA in Administration: Medical (Administrative Secretary) has been designed as a flexible programme which aims to provide candidates with a range of skills to suit a medical environment. It recognises that learners will be at a stage where they are making choices about their future. As a result, it offers multiple exit routes, either towards employment or further study, depending on the wishes of the candidate. Completing the qualification will put candidates in a stronger position to move to the next stage of their career and should increase their chances of doing this successfully.

Who does this qualification suit

It is envisaged that the NPA in Administration: Medical (Administrative Secretary) will target the following groups:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners
  • employees wishing to enhance their qualifications
  • potential candidates looking for access to HN
  • as ‘added value’ to full-time candidates


On successful completion of the NPA in Administration: Medical (Administrative Secretary), it is envisaged that employment could be gained in the health sector in one of the following roles:

  • Medical Secretary (hospital and GP)
  • Receptionist/Secretary (hospital and GP)

For candidates who are looking to progress in employment in the NHS, the NPA in Administration: Medical (Administrative Secretary) is aimed at Band 2 staff who wish to progress into Band 3 Administrator/Support Secretary roles, particularly the Audio Typing and Word Processing Units.


Centres with devolved authority are eligible to seek approval through their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact the Business Development Team for guidance in completing the combined CA1/SA1 form.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements as outlined in the guide to approval.

How to assess

The delivery of the NPA in Administration: Medical is at the discretion of individual centres. They may choose to deliver over a 120 hour period, during the day, evening or by infilling into existing classes, or a mixture of all of these.

Timetabling of the three Units would be at the discretion of individual centres. It is important that centres offer the Medical TerminologyUnit prior to the Word Processing and Audio Units as candidates will require this knowledge.

Assessment Support Packs have a critical role in ensuring that delivery of Units is linked to medical administration and admin-related situations allowing for integration of delivery and assessment where possible.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification structure

Group Award code: G9WV 45 (18 SCQF credit points)
SCQF level: 5

NPA Administration: Medical (Administrative Secretary) at SCQF Level 5 (184 KB)

The NPA in Administration: Medical (Administrative Secretary) consists of three mandatory Units taken from the validated NC in Administration (SCQF level 5).

  • Medical Terminology: An Introduction — F5AK11
  • Word Processing: Medical — F7KV11
  • Audio: Medical — F7KS11