Business Administration Apprenticeship

12+ months

Business Administration apprentices are top notch when it comes to typing, emailing, filing, photocopying, arranging meetings, taking minutes, making phone calls, producing documents, writing letters and much more. Administration covers so much that if you can name it, they’re likely to end up doing it.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a mix of real work and learning. Apprentices earn a wage and gain experience whilst working towards a number of qualifications. An Apprenticeship follows a Level 2  programme and can lead onto an Advanced Apprenticeship which is a Level 3 programme.

Example Job Roles as an Apprentice

  • Admin Assistant
  • Clerical Clerk
  • Data Entry Clerk
  • Filing Record Clerk
  • Junior Secretary
  • Office Clerk

The way to do an Apprenticeship

Start in a full-time job, (or minimum 30 hours per week) with an employer who will allow day release at College if required. The number of release hours will depend on the Apprenticeship. If you’re currently employed but not working towards qualifications, speak to your employer about converting to an Apprenticeship and ask them to contact us.

Programme Requirements

There are no set entry requirements for the programme, but we have to make sure that the apprentice has the potential to achieve the different elements that make up the Apprenticeship qualification, and that they are working at the right level in their job role.

It is a requirement to complete an initial assessment in English and Maths, and this may lead to taking some additional diagnostic assessments.


A Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship programme will take 12 months to complete. A Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship takes 18  months.

Apprenticeship Framework

There are a number of elements to each Apprenticeship and this is called the framework. Each Apprenticeship framework has three main strands:

  • Combined Competence and Knowledge Level 2 or 3 BTEC Diploma in Business Administration
  • Skills element, Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT Level 1 or 2
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

The three strands are sometimes accompanied by additional qualifications to give the most relevant skills and knowledge required for the job, these are broken down as follows:


A portfolio of evidence, which will contain detailed assessment reports from the assessor/tutor.

There are external online tests for the Knowledge based elements and Skills elements

What can an apprentice do next?

Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Administration or an Apprenticeship in Team Leading and Management

For more information, please contact:


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