• Business, management and administration

    HND Administration and IT

  • SCQF Level

    Level 8

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    From 27 Aug 2018

  • Campus Availability


Campus/Course Availability


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Every type of business and organisation needs people with administration and IT skills to help it run efficiently. This ranges from small specialist firms to large national companies and government organisations like local councils or the NHS. There are also many different roles available, so if you invest in some good admin and IT skills now, you could have a great future ahead!

If you’d like to work in administration or IT, then this course can help set you up for a great career.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • An HNC Administration and IT with a minimum of 15 credits
  • An interview with us

If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have previous employment, practical or life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

This course will develop your existing skills and introduce new ones to make you highly employable in an admin or IT role.

By this level, your IT and computer skills will already be high, but now you’re going to take them even further, focussing on advanced word processing, spreadsheets and databases.

You’ll explore ICT in business, including data communication systems, project management software and software for presentations.

You’ll learn about office management and gain valuable skills for organising an admin environment effectively, such as decision making, delegation, leadership and recruitment. You’ll also look at how to develop individuals within a team for efficient working together.

You’ll look at the important role of marketing and how to develop the right marketing mix for products and services. You’ll learn about market research, segmentation and targeting, and making effective marketing decisions.

You’ll gain skills in Desk Top Publishing (DTP), learning how to produce various types of material such as leaflets and posters.

You’ll look at business strategy and culture, including developing strategies for success, company values and ethics, and how to manage to change within an organisation.

Finally, you’ll have the chance to:

  •  Visit local businesses, such as hotels, tourist attractions or accounting firms to see how they operate.
  •  Meet local business employers who’ll give you their top tips for successful interviews and tell you the key skills they look for when recruiting new employees.
  •  Take part in enterprising activities, such as raising funds for charity and good causes.
  • Some students may also have the opportunity to:

    •  Go on placements or volunteer to work on a real project for a local business.
    •  Secure part time or summer jobs via our links with local employers.

    Go Anywhere

    When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

    • Moving onto a degree course at university, via our articulation arrangements, such as BA Human Resource Management at UWS or GCU (direct entry to year 3); or a Business Management or IT related degree (direct entry to year 2)
    • Seeking to start your career in business. With your HND you’ll have good job opportunities across a range of sectors

    Potential careers include:

  • HR officer, marketing officer, customer services officer, officer manager or a local government role
  • Setting up and running your own business


  • Find out what it’s really like - HND Administration & IT student Ann-Marie Thomson talks about her experience at Ayrshire College, including winning Student of the Year for Business, Administration and Accounts, and what she plans to do next. Click here to read more


Admin, administration and IT, business, ICT, data, word , processing, databases, spreadsheet, office, project management, software, desk top publishing, officer manager, Microsoft Office Packages, Visual communication, UFAS, Digital Marketing

Start Date

27 Aug 2018