N5 Administration & IT

The course will be delivered in blocks of learning to gain experience in the following areas of study: desktop publishing, presentations, Excel, Access, word processing, internet searching, use of e-mail and e-diary. Primarily students will work individually through tasks developed to enhance their IT skills in the areas of study identified. Work produced will be marked regularly and individual feedback provided to highlight areas of development. Students will be given the opportunity to work collaboratively and peer assess to enhance their proof reading skills. Theory teaching may take the form of students researching the required information and presenting it in a form of their choice. Students may also be asked to take down theory notes, participate in classroom discussions and complete tasks that look for them to apply their knowledge to examples from real life working environments.

The 3 units that students will cover:

  • Administrative Practices
  • IT Solutions for Administrators
  • Communication in Administration


Students will have an external question paper (final exam). This is worth 42% of the students’ overall grade. Students will also have an assignment worth 58% of the overall grade.

Progression/Career Opportunities

For students who are staying on in school they can progress to Higher Administration and IT. Administration and IT gives students experience of real-life administrative tasks and engaging practical activities relevant to the world of work. Their IT skills and knowledge are transferrable life skills that can be applied in future learning, life and in employment. Students wishing to pursue a career in the following areas will also find this course useful:

Banking, Accountancy, Civil, Legal and Court Services, Administrative Assistants, Office Managers and Insurance.

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