Where will this course lead?

The many transferable skills that you develop during this Business and Administration Apprenticeships course provide a superb foundation for most career pathways.
Opportunities in the work place could support progression to a the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Business & Professional Administration further or higher education to undertake business related or other qualifications, including Foundation Degrees in areas such as business, business management, and business administration a range of business and management undergraduate programmes a range of business professional qualifications at level 4 and above. With additional training, advanced apprentices may be able to progress in their careers to roles including office manager, administration team leader, personal assistant or a wide range of managerial roles within business. (CFA, 2015)

What will I study?

The Diploma in Business Administration is a combined qualification that develops practical skills as well as providing theory to improve knowledge and understanding in the context of providing highly professional business administration.
You will complete the following mandatory units along with a combination of optional units which are related to your job role:
• Principles of Business Communication and Information
• Principles of Administration
• Principles of Business
• Employment Rights and Responsibilities
• Promote Equality, Diversion and Inclusion in the Work place
• Communicate in a Business Environment
• Manage Personal and Professional Development

In addition you will develop valuable skills in English, Maths and ICT during a Business and Administration Apprenticeship along with polishing your Personal Learning and Thinking skills.

How will this course be delivered?

The apprenticeship combines regular one to one tutorials, independent study and 'on the job' learning. You will benefit from ongoing support and guidance from your assessor and will have 24/7 access to your online portfolio.

You will be required to spend a minimum of 6 hours per week (during working hours) carrying out independent study. This time will be recorded in a learning journal to capture your experiences, reflections and achievements throughout the learning journey.

You may be required to attend Functional Skills workshops for Maths, English and ICT depending on your previous achievements. Workshops are approx. 2 hours per week and are available at various times at both college campuses. An e-learning route is also available if you are unable to attend college.

Your employer plays a huge part in the apprenticeship process as this is where you will spend the majority of your time and where you will get the 'hands on' working experience. Your manager will ensure that you get appropriate 'on the job' training and support and will ensure that you have the opportunity to carry out relevant workplace activities.

What qualifications will I get?

Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration
Level 2 Functional Skills English
Level 2 Functional Skills Maths
Level 2 Functional Skills in ICT

How will I be assessed?

Your assessor will support you to showcase your work in an easy to use e-portfolio. A range of methods will be chosen to assess your vocational knowledge and competence and may include: observations, professional discussions, verbal or written questions, assignments, presentations, work products, reflective accounts, witness testimonies and more!

Functional Skills are assessed via examination - tests are booked throughout the year on demand.

How do I get a place on the course?


Business and Administration Apprenticeships vacancies are advertised on our website and you can follow the instructions to apply online. The vacancies provide detailed information about the employer, the job role, location, hours of work and salary/benefits. As part of the application process you will be asked to create an account with the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS).
After the closing date the employer will choose to interview suitable applicants. We work closely with our employers and will make arrangements to enrol the successful applicant within their first few weeks of work.

Remember to update your CV before applying!

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements for our Business and Administration Apprenticeships however, it is likely that advanced apprentices will have some prior experience in a business or administration role to allow them to complete the advanced apprenticeship (CFA, 2015). Most advanced level apprentices will have supervisory level responsibilities however; learners who are use advanced features of systems/packages and who frequently demonstrate initiative and commitment to improving efficiency and services may also be suitable.

All applicants are required to complete initial assessments in literacy and numeracy which ensures fair access to assessment. A minimum of Level 1 in English and Maths is normally required. Learners who do not meet this requirement will receive advice and guidance on developing these skills prior to reapplying.

You cannot apply for an Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Administration if you already hold a qualification at level 4 (or above) or, if you have previously completed a level 3 NVQ or Diploma in Business Administration or Customer Service.

What else do I need to know?

- Check the website daily for new vacancies
- You must be prepared to invest some of your own time (outside of work) to study towards your apprenticeship
- You will be entitled to apply for an Apprentice NUS card
- You will have full access to all college facilities

What can I do after this course?

Every apprentice has an exit review upon completion of their course and next steps are discussed ad appropriate advice and guidance will be given.