SCQF LEVEL 6 - Higher

Are you interested in developing your skills in the advanced uses of digital technology and learning about the management functions of technology then this course is for YOU! 




1 Year full time/

6 periods per week




IT Assignment (70 marks) sat outwith the main SQA exam diet 

Theory Question Paper (50 marks) (sat within the main SQA exam diet 




Mrs Henderson 

Mrs Benton 

Miss McGregor

Mrs Coester 



Administration is a growing sector which cuts across all sectors of the 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.  The course is a blend of applied, experiential learning and related theory and uses real life contexts which makes it relevant to the world of work.  Its uniqueness lies in enabling learners to work towards industry standards in IT in an administration-related context.   


Learners will develop a range of both generic skills, for learning, life and work as well as subject-specific skills.  The generic skills include the thinking skills of understanding, applying, analysing and evaluating and aspects of literacy and numeracy.  The subject specific skills, include a range of IT skills which will enable learners to organise, manage and communicate information, take responsibility for key administrative tasks and manage the organisation of events.  In addition, the course will support learners’ personal and social development and will serve them will in their day-to-day lives as well as preparing them for the next stage in their education and for entering the world of work. 

Higher Administration and IT comprises of 2 main areas of study: 


IT Applications – This area of study enables you to develop skills in organising and managing information using digital technology in administrative contexts.  You will use software application functions to analyse, process and manage information, in order to create and edit complex business documents.  You will develop an understanding of barriers to communication and ways of overcoming them to ensure communication is effective.  You will also develop skills, knowledge and understanding of how to maintain the security and confidentiality of information. 


Administrative Theory and Practice – You will develop your understanding of the factors contributing to an efficient administrative function.  These include time and task management, effective teams, complying with workplace legislation, the impact of digital technologies and customer care. 


Integrated and varied approaches to learning and teaching.  Each method will be individually tailored to the units within the course.  These approaches will be a combination of teacher-led, group working and whole class discussions with an emphasis on you taking a responsibility for your own learning. 


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

An A or B grade at National 5 Administration and IT and/or at the discretion of the Principal Teacher of Business Education. 

what will you get?

A Higher qualification in Administration and IT. 


The course is graded:  


A:  Band 1, Band 2  

B:  Band 3, Band 4  

C:  Band 5, Band 6   

D:  Band 7


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


A wide range of job opportunities could be considered eg Senior Administrator, Events Organiser, Recruitment Consultant, Business Education Teacher, Training Officer or Training Manager, Travel Agency Manager, Retail Manger, Office Manager, Export Sales Manager

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 


Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.

Rebecca - S5

I picked the Higher course in Admin and IT this year because I wanted a challenge of learning IT skills which is what I lacked before.  I have enjoyed the theory side of Admin which is where my strengths are but now I am starting to enjoy the practical side of it nearer the end of the course after I have got the hang of things.  I would recommend other pupils to take on this course as it has really helped me build confidence in my own computer skills and it has given me lots of practice of managing my own time. 

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Chloe - S5

I feel I did make the correct choice in choosing Higher Admin and IT as one of my subjects.  I enjoyed doing National 5 so I wanted to continue this subject.  I would recommend taking Higher Admin and IT even if you don’t want to pursue a career in it as having the IT skills will help you in any job. 


Erin - S5

I decided to take Higher Administration and IT because I wanted to expand my knowledge of using different software.  This subject is useful as it has given me an understanding of how to use Word, Powerpoint, Outlook and lots more.  Nowadays most things are done online so having this experience will be beneficial for when I leave school.  I would recommend this subject to anyone thinking about taking it as I am learning lots of new skill, for example problem solving and decision making 

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