Business Administration Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship


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This course is relevant to employment in all industries. Jobs might include Administration Team Leader, Office Supervisor, Database Clerk, Personal Assistant and Secretary.

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Business & Administration has been designed in conjunction with employers to enable your team to achieve a nationally recognised qualification at a supervisory level.

The Advanced Apprenticeship will take approximately 18 months. Throughout this time the candidate will undertake a wide range of tasks in a variety of work contexts.  The value of the qualification is that it can be structured to meet the specific needs of your business.

There are a large number of units to choose from, including; designing and producing documents, planning and running projects or events, working effectively with others, supervising an office facility.

Training structure

The Apprenticeship is made up of six separate components; the candidate must achieve all parts to gain the full level 3 qualification.

  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Business & Administration
  • Functional skills in Maths Level 2
  • Functional skills in English Level 2
  • Functional skills in Information Computer Technology Level 2
  • Employment rights and responsibilities

There are a large number of units available to choose from within the national standards.

The candidate will choose a selection of units to best fit the business and their job role. The units encompass most areas of business and administration from greeting customers at reception, to minute taking, solving business problems, analysing data and project management, to name but a few.

The NVQ Diploma  also includes mandatory units covering managing your own performance, evaluating and improving performance, as well as working within a business environment and communicating in a business environment.

Minimum entry requirements

Candidates undertaking the Advanced Apprenticeship must have a degree of autonomy and responsibility within the organisation in order to complete the qualification.

Apprentices must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week and must be paid a minimum of £3.50 per hour in accordance with the national Apprenticeship wage. Training will be carried out in the workplace however you may be expected to attend College for up to 5 days per year.


How will I be assessed?

The qualification is work based.  An Assessor will be allocated to the Apprentice and will visit your company approximately once every 3 weeks for approximately 2 hours. This may be spent observing their work, completing learning tasks and giving the candidate feedback and guidance on work produced.  Candidates will be expected to complete work in between the assessor’s visits; this will be a mixture of assignments and learning to ensure the candidate has both the practical and theoretical skills required to work in the industry.

Information & support

Support is available between Assessor visits to facilitate candidate’s work. 

We can provide a free recruitment service using our ‘Apprenticeship Vacancies’ website, a national site accessible through  We can provide support with advertising and collating CV’s.

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