Business and Management

Business Administration Level 4 Apprenticeship

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

You can start an apprenticeship at any time. This programme will take a minimum of 18 months to complete.

Entry requirements
  • You will need to have completed a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship and hold four GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, plus GCSE English at grade 4 or above
  • You will need to find an employer to employ you as an apprentice. Please see our Apprenticeship vacancies.
  • You will need to be at least 16 years of age
You will achieve

You will achieve a Level 4 Diploma in Business Administration.

Last updated: 12th Dec 2017

Course overview

Business Administration skills are essential in many job roles. This apprenticeship will provide you with the skills you need to work effectively in a business environment.

Course content

You will study units from the list below relevant to your job role. You will also study:

  • Employment, Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) Booklet
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
  • Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Business Administration (paper portfolio or e-portfolio)


  • Communicate in a business environment
  • Resolve administrative problems
  • Manage the work of an administrative function
  • Manage personal and professional development
  • Contribute to the design of an information system
  • Manage information system
  • Support environmental sustainability in a business environment
  • Prepare specifications for contracts
  • Manage events
  • Contribute to the improvement of business performance
  • Negotiate in a business environment
  • Manage a project
  • Develop a presentation
  • Monitor information systems
  • Evaluate the provision of business travel or accommodation
  • Manage an office facility
  • Develop and maintain professional networks
  • Develop and implement an operational plan
  • Encourage learning and development
  • Manage physical resources
  • Prepare for and support quality audits
  • Conduct quality audits
  • Manage a budget
  • Manage business risk
  • Recruitment, selection and induction practices
  • Establish business risk management processes
  • Design business processes
  • Collaborate with other departments
  • Champion customer service
  • Encourage innovation
  • Manage team performance
  • Optimise the use of technology

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by your assessor using a portfolio of evidence, practical demonstrations and assignments. You will be assessed both in college and in your place of work.

What equipment will I need?

You will be required to provide paper, writing materials, A4 ring binder file, extra wide dividers and clear plastic wallets.

Where will I study?

You will study within the workplace and attend classes at Barnsley College’s Old Mill Lane Campus, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2YW.

What can I do next?

Upon completion you could progress onto further study relating to your job role or apply for job roles including:

  • Administration Officer
  • Team Leader
  • Officer Manager

How much does the course cost?

There is no cost to being an apprentice. All costs associated with your apprenticeship, including the cost of training and your salary, will be paid by your employer.

Financial support

You may be eligible for assistance with expenses such as travel, books, equipment and childcare. For further information please contact the Student Services Team on +44 (0)1226 216 114.

Extra information

Contact the Apprenticeship Team

For further information please contact the team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email:



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Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

English and Maths

Having good English and maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and maths or a higher level maths qualification we can help you do that too.

If you need any further information, please contact the Info Team.



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Business Administration Level 4 Apprenticeship