Medical Administration PDA

Course code 91NP

What is special about this course?

This professional development award is aimed at those either already working in a medical administration role or with administrative experience and aims to further develop knowledge and experience gained from the workplace.

This award will develop the competencies required to carry out administrative roles, at intermediate / senior level, within medical administration posts meeting the needs of both private and public sector organisations.

Entry requirements

  • Communication and ICT Core Skills at level 5 minimum
  • Experience in an administrative role
  • Applicants will attend an interview, either face-to-face or by telephone

Year 1 - PDA

Mandatory units are:

  • IT in business - word processing and presentation applications (2 HN credits)
  • Medical terminology for administration staff (2 HN credits)
  • Hospital patient administration (1 HN credit) and/or GP medical administration (1 HN credit)

You will also choose three option units which may include:

  • Legal protection of NHS Scotland patient data (1 HN credit)
  • Creating a culture of customer care (1 HN credit)
  • IT in business - spreadsheets (1 HN credit)
  • IT in business - databases (1 HN credit)
  • Work placement (1 HN credit) or Employment experience 1 (1 HN credit)

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements may be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online, face to face or blended induction at the start of the course.
  • Part time (unstructured)

You will study through a combination of face-to-face lectures in the classroom and online learning via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE).

How long will my course last?

Duration is flexible. Each units is approximately 40 hours of study.

Where can I study my course?

  • Lews Castle College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January


For information on costs of this course please contact the campus where you wish to study.


External scholarships and financial support, such as an Individual Training Account, may be available. Please contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Administration role in GP practice, hospital or business.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the PDA award to complete the full HNC Administration and Information Management

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Medical Administration PDA

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2022 or Aug/Sep 2022 or Jan/Feb 2023

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate 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 gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.