Working in an office in an administrative capacity has never been more varied or offered more opportunities. You could be working in a small, medium or large company or organisation, in for example a GP reception, a finance department, human resources, in marketing or in a school or college. Every organisation needs an efficient administrator who provides support to ensure that everything behind the scenes runs smoothly.
An NVQ is the ideal qualification to aim for if you are working in an administrative role. Candidates will need to be working in a suitable admin job, either full or part-time, on a paid or voluntary basis. All candidates must have access to real work in order to gain the necessary evidence.
These qualifications recognise the skills and experience which candidates may have gained over a period of time, or are currently acquiring in their job. Level 2 is appropriate for you if you are working in an administrative role which requires you to complete a number of standard tasks, taking some responsibility for the work you do.
What does the course involve?
Candidates need to collect evidence from the work place to prove their knowledge and performance in aspects of administrative work.
Candidates need to complete a variety of administrative tasks competently and provide evidence of worked carried out to build a portfolio. The evidence is matched to units of the award to confirm competence: the evidence is required in a variety of formats – observations, statements, questioning, work products.
To achieve the full qualification you must complete a minimum of 45 credits, made up of 6 mandatory units and optional units to a minimum value of 24 credits.
This is by individual appointment at college - appointments usually last approximately 1 hour, and can be arranged on days and times to suit both the candidate and the tutor. The sessions are used to provide assistance and support to candidates who are building portfolios of evidence, and for review of evidence, planning work to be undertaken and assessments. Candidates attend to suit their work patterns - usually every 3 or 4 weeks. The assessor will also arrange to visit candidates to observe and assess them in the work place.
Group sessions are arranged at least once per term to enable candidates to network with others and spend time working on their portfolio.
How long does the course last?
Most candidates aim to complete the award within an academic year. However, the time scale is flexible and candidates may finish more quickly if they have been able to spend a lot of time on their award, or take up to 18 months if necessary. The fee is for the course, not per year, so there is no additional cost involved.
It is advisable to speak to a tutor before enrolling onto this course, to ensure that your job role is appropriate for this level of NVQ.