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Business and Administration NVQ Level 3 Work-based

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

There are various start dates throughout the year and runs for 52 weeks.

Entry requirements

You must be working or volunteering in an administrative role.

NVQs work by testing your abilities in the workplace. To complete an NVQ you need to prove that you can do certain work-related tasks. NVQs are assessed in a combination of ways: By portfolio – you build up evidence of what you’ve done at work; and by observation – an assessor watches you work and checks that you can do the tasks.

Candidates produce evidence to prove they have the competence to meet the NVQ standards. Assessors sign off units when the candidates are ready. The assessor tests candidates’ knowledge, understanding and work-based performance to make sure they can demonstrate competence in the workplace.

Candidates compare their performance with the standards as they learn. They look at what they have achieved, how much they still need to do and how they should go about it, until they are assessed as competent for a unit or a whole NVQ. The system is right for candidates who already have skills and want to increase them, but also for those who are starting from the beginning. As the system is so flexible, new ways of learning can be used immediately.

You will achieve

NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration

Last updated: 24th April 2018

Course overview

The qualification assesses your abilities to carry out a range of administrative tasks and recognises your achievements in a way that is relevant to your work.

Course content

You will have an assessor who will work closely with you, often visiting you in your workplace. They will also keep in touch with you via email, telephone and drop-in workshops.

You will produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your competence in working in an administrative role. The portfolio can be presented as a traditional paper based file or as an electronic file using the Onefile e-portfolio.

You can view the full course specification via the link below;

How will I be assessed?

Continuous assessment of evidence produced and accompanying written reports.

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 in your place of work.

What can I do next?

On successful completion of the programme you may wish to progress onto Business Administration NVQ Level 4. You can also alternatively seek employment as a receptionist, clerical assistant or administrator.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £895 full fee payable.

Extra information

Full Fee Payable

If the course is listed as full fee payable, you will have to pay for the course.

Contact the Information Unit

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Additional Learning Support

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Business and Administration NVQ Level 3 Work-based