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Computing & Business Education
Administration & IT
This course prepares pupils for a variety of employment opportunities as they will develop a range of IT skills using Microsoft Office software and gain knowledge and understanding of various aspects of administration in the workplace. It is therefore an excellent course for pupils to take in S3 and progress up to higher level or to pick up again at an appropriate level in senior school to prepare them for further education or the world of work.
S3 pupils who select Administration & IT will cover broad general education experiences and outcomes that provide a good foundation for progression to the national courses in S4.
The main areas of study in this course therefore are:
IT Solutions for Administrators
- Use functions of word processing to interpret a given brief.
- Use a spreadsheet application, to interpret a given brief.
- Use functions of a relational database to interpret a given brief.
Communication in Administration
- Use technology to extract information.
- Use functions of technology to prepare and communicate information.
- Provide an account of administration in the workplace
- Carry out administrative tasks in the context or organising and supporting events.
In S3 pupils are therefore introduced to each of these topic areas and will develop their IT skills across a range of software. They will cover some of the theory aspects of the course where they will learn:
- content such as duties, skills and qualities of an administrative assistant and
- how to answer questions based on command word used
Pupils must pass the individual units stated above and complete an Added Value Unit which is a practical task centred on planning an event.
The national 5 course consists of 2 assessments: one is a 3 hour practical assignment supervised under exam conditions by the class teacher which requires the pupils to complete tasks by using word processing, DTP, presentation or electronic communication. The completed items are sent to the SQA for external marking. This item is marked out of 70.
The second assessment is part of the normal SQA diet but is also completed in a computer lab with the pupils completing database and spreadsheet tasks as well as answering questions on Administration theory. This item is marked out of 50.
Students will be able to progress to Higher Administration on successful completion of National 5. Pupils at this level also complete 2 assessments: one is a 2 hour practical assignment supervised under exam conditions by the class teacher which requires the pupils to complete tasks by using database, spreadsheet, word processing, presentation or electronic communication. The completed items are sent to the SQA for external marking. This item is marked out of 70.
The second assessment is part of the normal SQA diet and takes the form of a formal question paper marked out of 50. This item is marked out of 50.