Course overview

Aimed at those who have significant experience of working in a senior administrative position with management responsibilities and decision making opportunities, the Higher Apprenticeship in Business and Professional Administration (Incorporating the Level 4 NVQ Diploma) will enhance your established business, managerial and administration skills, allowing you to contribute to organisational strategies.

Applicants should be either in, or about to be in, a managerial role; example job roles include office manager, administration team leader or business development executive.

Additional financial support may be available for this course.
Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

Key facts

  • Attendance: As this qualification is work-based you will not be required to attend college. All tuition, support and assessment will be provided in the workplace, online and via email and telephone contact. You will be supported by one of the College’s work-based learning assessors and will be mentored by your employer/supervisor in the workplace.
  • Duration: 24-36 months
  • Start date: You may start this programme at any time during the year.
  • Location: You must be working in the Cambridgeshire area. If your business is located outside of this area, please contact us as we may be able to meet your training needs.

Course content

The course allows you to improve your established business, managerial and administration skills; you will undertake the following mandatory units:

  • Communicate in a business environment
  • Manage personal and professional development
  • Manage the work of an administrative function
  • Resolve administrative problems

You will then choose from a range of optional units, examples of these include:

  • Initiate and implement operational change
  • Manage events
  • Manage conflict within a team
  • Recruitment, selection and induction practice
  • Conduct quality audits
  • Manage a project
  • Champion customer service

Functional Skills

Unless you are exempt, if you are undertaking this qualification as part of the Higher Apprenticeship you will also undertake Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT and complete Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills.

Assessment

Course assessment consists of undertaking online examinations, completing a portfolio and passing work-based practical assessments.

If you are undertaking Functional Skills you will also undertake exams and practical assessments to complete these.

Entry requirements

In order to enrol onto this course you must have achieved the Advanced Apprenticeship/NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration or a suitable equivalent; please contact us if you are unsure about whether you are eligible to apply for this programme.

If you are undertaking this qualification as part of the advanced apprenticeship you must be living and working in England and employed in a suitable administration environment, earning at least the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices. Unfortunately if you have a level 4 qualification or above (e.g. HNC/HND/Degree) you will not be eligible to undertake an apprenticeship.

The NVQ Level 4 Diploma in Business Administration is also available to study as a qualification in its own right for those not meeting the apprenticeship eligibility criteria.

Course fees

Please note that course fees listed below apply to courses starting before the 1 May 2017. Fees for courses starting on, or after, 1 May 2017 will be published in due course.

We offer two different payment options; payment in full, or our ‘Pay as you Learn’ monthly payment scheme – details of these payment options can be found here. Sources of financial help can be found on our student finance page.

Before making any change in your financial undertakings it is recommended that you seek advice from an independent source, for example the Money Advice Service.

Higher Apprenticeship in Business and Professional Administration

Age at start of course Annual Fee Scheme (?) Pay as You Learn Scheme (?) Awarding Body Fees*
16-18 No fees payable No fees payable No fees payable
19-23 £1,675 payable by employer £103 per month payable by employer £405 payable by employer
24+ £1,995 payable by employer £113 per month payable by employer £405 payable by employer
Overseas Not available Not available Not available

NVQ Level 4 Diploma in Business Administration

Age at start of course Annual Fee Scheme (?) Pay as You Learn Scheme (?) Awarding Body Fees*
16-18 £1,750 £99 per month £176
19+ £2,570 £149 per month £176
Overseas Not available Not available Not available
If you are over 19 years of age you may be entitled to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help fund your studies! Find out more…

* Awarding Body Fees are recharged at cost and may be subject to change.

These are current figures and may be subject to change.

The differences in course fees reflect the level of funding that is available as a result of government policies and priorities. These may be the result of age, employment status, previous education achievements or location for example, and are outside the control of CAW Business School.

What next?

This qualification will demonstrate to employers your proven managerial, business and administration skills and abilities, standing you in good stead when applying for senior administrative or managerial positions. Administrative staff are in high demand in the public, private and charity sectors, meaning that your career prospects are wide ranging. You could even use your newfound skills to set up your own business!

On completion of business administration training, you could also look at undertaking a higher education course or a related professional qualification such as ILM Leadership and Management or Coaching and Mentoring.

Testimonials

What our Business School students say:

“I have enjoyed learning new skills and applying some of these to my current job”
“The tutors are very helpful and supportive and provide me with regular reviews on my progress”
“The course fits around my everyday work making this easy to complete”
“The tutors are extremely helpful and always manage to find time to provide support and answer any queries”