Administration NC

What is special about this course?

The course is designed to help develop and enhance Front Office, Reception and Customer Services skills to anyone who is looking to obtain employment or promotion in these areas.

• Those that are moving into a job with an administrational role for the first time.  
• Those in administration roles who have little or no formal training
• Those who want to improve their career prospects

Entry requirements

4 x National 4s or 4 x Standard Grades at General level or equivalent.

The course aims to help you learn about:

• developing administration skills such as word processing, spreadsheets and databases
• the importance of a customer care
• recording, storing and supplying information
• cash transactions, banking and purchasing
• working effectively with others
• time and resource management
• European Computer Driving Licence (optional)

Administration - Course Content

• Front Office Services
• Central Services
• Skills for Customer Care
• Recording Cash Transactions
• Developing Skills for Employment
• Information technology for Administrators
• Managing your time and resources
• Skills Development for Administrators
• Word Processing
• Event Organisation
• Problem Solving
• Working With Others
• Communications
• Numeracy
• ECDL (Optional)

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

You will study by way of classroom-based lectures and tutorials in college

How long will my course last?

1 Year

3 days per week - 21 hours per week

Where can I study my course?

    Start date



    Full time

    If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

    Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

    Part time

    Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

    If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course.


    £1,008 for 1 year. May be eligible for Local Authority Bursary

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    On completion of the NC Administration course you may be able to progress on to the HNC Business course if SCQF Level 6 in Communication is achieved.


    This level of qualification might help you find work at an assistant level with an administration/reception setting with the option of progressing on to an SVQ 2 or 3 in Business & Administration with a supported employer.

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    This course offers students a qualification that will be accepted by local employers, and the content suits the requirements of local employers when they are looking to fill administration and reception posts.

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    I want to start in 2023/24

    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Orkney College UHI. Orkney College UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.