HND Administration and Information Technology (Fixed Framework)

HND Administration and Information Technology (Fixed Framework)

The HND in Administration and Information Technology (SCQF level 8) provides learners with a progression route into employment. This could be in a general administrative, supervisory or, management role in small-to-medium size organisations, or a more specialist post within a larger business. It also provides opportunities for further study, including university degree programmes.

This qualification covers the key areas of administration in the modern business environment. Learners will develop IT skills in word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software, as well as practical use of social media software and web applications for business purposes. Interpersonal skills and experience of research, planning and organising work are also covered, including delivering presentations effectively to an audience. The qualification also develops knowledge and application of legal and ethical issues in relation to the workplace and handling and management of data and information.


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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 flexible delivery. A Unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

Who does this qualification suit

The HND Administration and Information Technology is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • people who wish to start their own business

Entry requirements

As with all SQA qualifications, entry is decided by the college or learning provider. As a guide, the college or learning provider will look for:

  • school-leaving qualifications equivalent to QCF level 3/ SCQF level 6
  • meaning the student has the ability to study at the higher level
  • a centre-devised test which shows the student's ability to study at HND level
  • relevant work experience

Progression and employment

The HND in Business can provide advanced entry to degree-level study or a Masters degree programme. For further information please refer to the SQA Diploma to Degree agreements.

The HND Administration and Information Technology is designed to lead to employment within a number of sectors: finance, health care, hospitality, human resources (HR), information technology (IT), manufacturing, marketing, the public sector, retail and the voluntary/charity sector.


Centre and subject approvals are required as outlined here: Approvals Process

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements for technical/occupational competence.

How to assess

Each individual Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for each Unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification Structure

HND Administration and Information Technology

Group Award code: GM2W 16 (240 SCQF credit points)

HND Administration and Information Technology at SCQF level 8 consists of 25 Units.

Course tutor guide (including course framework)

Title: HND Administration and Information Technology
Code: GM2W 16
Download: HND Administration and Information Technology¿ Course Tutor Guide (1.5 MB)

Unit specifications

All units are available to download from the Unit Seach.

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