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Why study Administration and IT?

Administration is a growing sector which cuts across the entire economy and offers wide-ranging employment opportunities. Moreover, administrative and IT skills have extensive application not only in employment but also in other walks of life.

This course is designed to help you to understand and take part in the business and information environment. You will gain skills in managing information, organising, planning, problem solving and decision making.

The skills that you develop in Administration and IT are useful in many career areas such as office work, economics, human resource management, management services and public services administration.


Administration & IT

Young people develop skills in IT, problem-solving, organising, and managing information. They select IT applications to create and edit business documents, gather and share information, and develop skills to communicate information.

Levels available

National 4, National 5 and Higher

Course Outline

Both National 4 and National 5

Students will study the following:


  • tasks (duties) of administrators
  • skills/qualities of administrators
  • customer service: features, benefits and consequences
  • health and safety: features of current legislation and organisational responsibilities
  • security of people, property and information: organisational responsibilities and features of current legislation


  • Word processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Databases
  • Presentations
  • Electronic communications



Learners will extend and apply their knowledge and skills through research of the units at National 4.  Learners will undertake practical administration and IT based tasks to organise and support a small scale event.


National 4 learners must have previously been successful at Level 3 and, if successful, can possibly progress onto National 5 (S5) and then Higher (S6)

National 5 learners must have previously been successful at Level 4 or 5 and, if successful, can possibly progress onto Higher (S5) and then Advanced Higher (S6)

Assessment Requirements

  • Continuous class and homework assessment
  • Successful completion of internal assessments – April
  • Completed Added Value Project
  • No final SQA examination
  • Continuous class and homework assessment
  • Successful completion of internal unit assessments - April
  • Completion of an SQA internally assessed component.
  • SQA Course Examination

Possible careers

  • Administration assistant
  • IT office worker
  • IT security
  • IT user assistant / manager
  • IT support / operator

Every modern office would require someone with an Administration and IT qualification

Links to further info

All course descriptions from National 4 to Higher are available here -              Twitter: @STMtechnologies