This flexible, part time course (usually delivered over two years) is ideal for those learners who work within business administration and want to develop their knowledge and skills with on the job learning and assessment. Core modules in providing leadership and management will be complimented by optional modules which relate to your job role.
Working in an office in an administrative capacity has never been more varied or offered more opportunities. Did you know that 4.7 million people within the UK currently work in business and administration roles, and a further 10 million work in occupations that require administrative skills on a daily basis to support their main job role. Over the next five years, demand to replace those expected to retire and leave the profession is currently running at 1.2 million people, so opportunities within the sector are plentiful.
An NVQ is the ideal qualification to aim for if you are working as a middle manager in your job role. Candidates will need to be undertaking a range of management activities in a suitable 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.
This qualification recognises the skills and experience which candidates may have gained over a period of time, or are currently acquiring in their job. Level 4 is appropriate for you if you are working as a middle manager with operational responsibility for programmes and resources, broad span of control, identify and implement change and quality improvements, lead high level meetings, manage people, performance and information.
Candidates should aim to complete the award within a two year period. 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.
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. We understand that candidates may have busy
schedules so the flexible approach is designed to avoid disruption. 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 tutor
will also arrange to visit candidates to observe and assess them in the work
place. It may be possible for tutorial visits to take place at the candidate’s
workplace if this is preferred.
Certificates are awarded following assessment of the candidate’s portfolio of work. A qualified assessor will examine the portfolio of evidence and make a decision about whether competence has been proved. This is then subject to internal quality assurance and checked by the external verifier (appointed by the examining body) and passed for certification. The achievement (pass) rates for this qualification are outstanding.
Candidates need to collect evidence from the work place to prove their competence in aspects of administrative work. Candidates need to complete a variety of management 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 through a variety of formats – observations, statements and case histories, questioning, work products and witness testimonies.
To achieve the full qualification candidates will complete a variety of mandatory and optional units, to gain a total of 53 credits.
Having completed one NVQ, many people go on to complete others in associated subjects such as business administration, customer service, team leading or management, depending on the level of responsibility and nature of the job. Also, if the level of responsibility within the current role increases, a higher level within the same qualification suite can be done.
For those wanting to expand their skills base, a range of qualifications in IT and text processing is on offer in the evening.
With the appropriate employment, progression routes may include:
Job roles to including the type of knowledge and practical skills learned on an administration course include:
The fee is for the whole course, not per year, so there is no additional cost involved.