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Business Administration Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3

Business Administration Level 3 Apprenticeship at Bedford College

This Advanced apprenticeship is ideal if you have some knowledge of administration systems and you want to develop your skills to implement and monitor administrative procedures and systems, perhaps with the aim of moving into a management role at some stage. Advanced apprentices may work in roles such as administration executives/officers, administration team leaders, personal assistants and secretaries. Tasks you will be required to undertake will vary depending on your level and sector, but may include producing business documents, contributing to the organisation of events, developing and delivering presentations and providing reception services.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements:

You will need four GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4, including English Language and maths.
Other requirements: There will also be an initial assessment to enable you to demonstrate your full ability.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Communicate in a business environment 
  • Manage personal and professional development 
  • Principles of business communication and information 
  • Principles of administration 
  • Principles of business 

Assessment methods

You will be assessed in the work place through observation, case studies, work product and witness testimony, as well as exams in College.


You will gain the following qualifications:
Business & Administration City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma


  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Functional Skills in English and Maths
  • Functional Skills in ICT
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills

Further study and career options

Further study: On successful completion you could progress on to the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Business & Professional Administration. Alternatively you could move into further or higher education to undertake business related or other qualifications, including Foundation Degrees in business, business management, or business administration. 

Future careers: With additional training, you may be able to progress in your career to roles including office manager, administration team leader, personal assistant or a wide range of managerial roles within business.

Additional information

When you are in College you will need to bring pens, notepaper and a folder. There is a course book available from City & Guilds, which you can purchase should you wish to.

Course information & how to book

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. If you are in the Bedford area, please call us on 01234 291000 for more information. If you are in the Luton area, please make an enquiry on the Luton Training Centre page.

LengthStart DateDay(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
1 year Flexible In College – 1 day per week for 12 weeks Free if 16-18yrs. If 19 or over please ring 01234 291000. Cauldwell Street E2274

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

» Find out more and how to apply

Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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