Higher Apprenticeship in Business Administration (Level 4)

This Apprenticeship will see employees take on higher leadership roles in business administration.

Business administration involves not only keeping a company operating effectively, but also organising business management and operations including the efficient organisation of people and resources.

Business administrators have to understand the needs of both the people they are working with and the business they are working for. This is critical if they want to carry out their jobs effectively.  This often involves scheduling and taking part in meetings, as well as acting on behalf of the company they are working for.

Apprenticeship Information

A Level 4 Apprenticeship in Business and Administration is worth 40 credits.

The course consists of 192 guided learning hours.


Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this apprenticeship.  However, it is recommended that any applicants wanting to be successful should have significant experience in a related work environment along with the necessary numeracy and literacy skills required to operate within the job role.

If the apprentice does not have sufficient experience in the administration area, they should consider taking either the Level 2 or 3 Business Administration apprenticeships first.


What can an apprentice do with this apprenticeship?

Higher Apprentices, with support and opportunities in the workplace, can progress onto:

  • The Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in Leadership & Management

Further or higher education to undertake business or non-business related 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 or Management Professional Qualifications at Level 5 and above
  • Further employment opportunities within their current job role/alternative job roles
  • Specialised qualifications providing additional technical knowledge
  • Possible membership of professional bodies, including the Institute of Administrative Management

With additional training, Higher apprentices may be able to progress in their careers to roles including operations director, business development manager, company secretary or a wide range of managerial roles within business.


What do the jobs at Level 4 involve?

When starting the Level 4 Apprenticeship, you may have one of the following job roles:

Office Manager

This involves supporting sustainability within an office environment, assessing, managing and monitoring risk, communicating with colleagues and stakeholders, managing an office facility, managing projects, chairing meetings, overseeing customer service delivery and contributing to innovation.

Administration Team Leader

This role involves communicating with colleagues, evaluating and solving business problems, making decisions, preparing, coordinating and monitoring operational plans. It also consists of implementing, monitoring and maintaining administrative services and coordinating events.

Personal Assistant

This job role involves communicating with colleagues, preparing, co-ordinating and monitoring operational plans, planning and organising events, reporting data, preparing contract specifications and monitoring and evaluating contracts.

Business Development Executive

This job role involves communicating with colleagues and stakeholders, negotiating with customers, planning and organising meetings, chairing meetings, developing and delivering presentations, managing budgets and developing new ideas for products and services.


What will an apprentice learn on this apprenticeship?

Like all apprenticeships this one contains; a knowledge based element, a competence based element, Skills (ICT, English and Maths), a module on Employment Rights and Responsibilities and a module on Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS).

The knowledge based element of this apprenticeship will take the apprentice through the most advanced business administration techniques to become the backbone of any successful company.

The competency part of this qualification will demonstrate putting new skills into actual use and gaining experience.

The skills part of this qualification will bring ICT, English and Maths skills up to the necessary level needed to carry out the role.

Finally the Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) part of the course will teach generic skills which will be helpful in their day to day life.

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