Business Administration Higher Apprenticeship Level 4

Throughout Business Administration Level 4, you will work to improve, expand and enhance your abilities to allow you to excel in an administrative role. Learning in an office/classroom based environment you will gain the real-world experience needed to build a successful career. Your on-the-job training will equip you with a number of skills that you will hone through practical application in office surroundings. As part of the team, you will assist with and take control of a range of tasks, including:

  • Managing events, information systems, budgets and professional development
  • Design business processes and optimise the use of technology in the workplace
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with stakeholders and other professionals
  • Collaborate with various departments, and chair and lead meetings
  • Gaining an understanding of marketing, IT systems and finance
Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at those who are already working in a business administration environment and have responsibility for the work of others and resources. Looking to gain further mastery of your business administration skills then this apprenticeship is for you. Throughout Business Administration Level 4, you will work to improve, expand and enhance your abilities to allow you to excel in an administrative role.

What will I learn?

The apprenticeship is made up of mandatory units which cover the essential skills required for working within a business environment. There are then a variety of optional units to choose from which focus on the specific tasks you carry out within your role which could include:

  • Making decisions
  • Negotiating
  • Managing operational plans
  • Solving problems
  • Managing meetings/events
  • Using IT
  • Managing information and data
  • Managing business resources
  • Leadership and management

What award will I achieve?

Higher Level Apprenticeship in Business and Administration, which includes:

  • NVQ Level 4 Diploma in Business and Administration
  • Technical Certificate – Level 4 Diploma in Business and Administration

What next?

Possible progression to a Level 5 or Management qualification.

How will I be assessed?

Through projects, assignments and provide evidence through workplace activities.

Entry Requirements

Candidates will be working in middle to senior administration role and have gained a Diploma or NVQ level 3 in Business Administration. It is necessary to attend an interview with the Work Based Learning team and Business administration assessor/course tutor, complete basic skills assessments in literacy and numeracy. You will be expected to have at least basic numeracy and literacy functional skills level 2 if you do not have a GCSE’s in English and Maths.


College attendance is required; however one hour weekly online learning for the technical knowledge will also be required. This will be in conjunction with assessment in the workplace. Attendance and progress is closely monitored by the assessor towards the qualifications and your employer will be informed of any non-activity.

Requirements in the Workplace

Students are required to be employed in a suitable work placement providing administrative tasks in a supervisory or senior role. Skilled and knowledgeable staff in placement to support the apprentice.

Business Administration Higher Apprenticeship Level 4
LevelLevel 4
DurationBetween 15 and 18 months.
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateStarting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, will be communicated post-employment and sign-up
Fee(s)Employer Contribution: £400
Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.
Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.


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