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National 5 Administration and IT (Course Code: C801 75)

SCQF Level 5 (24 SCQF credit points)

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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.

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally have achieved:

What will I study?

Administration and IT is a practical course that provides you with experience of real-life administration tasks and engaging practical activities relevant to the world of work. There is an emphasis on the development of transferable life skills and the application of these skills.

Through following the course you will become aware of the use of technology within the workplace, as you complete organisational tasks.

The course comprises two areas of study.

Theory

You will be introduced to the responsibilities of organisations, the skills/qualities and tasks (duties) of the administrative support function, and the impact of these in the workplace.

You will learn about:

IT applications

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

You will learn about:

Electronic communication: searching for, extracting and downloading relevant information form the internet/intranet; using email, e-diary, tasks/to-do list and setting reminders.

How will I be assessed?

The course assessment has two components totalling 120 marks:

The course assessment for this course consists of an assignment component where you will be asked to work through a series of planning, support and follow-up stages for a specific event.

The assignment component will be set and externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

The question paper will be set and externally marked by SQA.

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.

The course assessment is graded A-D.

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.