Who are these qualifications for?
The Level 2 qualification is for those who are new to a business administration role, with no or very little experience. Level 3 is aimed at those who are more experienced and looking to increase their depth of knowledge of certain aspects of business administation.
What are the entry requirements?
In order to start a Business Administration qualification, candidates must have a work placement. The candidate must be paid the Apprenticeship Wage as a minimum, but many employers pay a bit more. The position should ideally be for at least 30 hours per week. If you are already employed, working requirements can be negotiated depending on existing experience.
Personal qualities required to work in this sector
If you're already working in a business administration role, it is likely you will naturally possess many of the personal qualities that are suited to this sector. Due to the type of work and daily activities involved, business administrators are often highly organised with the ability to multi-task and manage a varied workload. The typical business administrator will have great communication skills, whilst being a presentable and professional 'people person' with a pleasant attitude.
Business Administration qualifications are adaptable to almost any organisation. Candidates will gain transferable skills through the qualification, enabling them to be dynamic and well suited to a variety of different job roles in a range of work environments. Individuals working in this field often carry out the day-to-day activities which ensure an organisation is running efficiently and profitably, whilst keeping staff and customers happy.
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How long will it take to complete?
The Level 2 qualification will take between 12 to 15 months to complete. At Level 3, candidates can expect to complete in 12 to 18 months. Completion times may vary and are dependent on a range of factors including candidate ability, previous experience and working hours.
How will the qualifications be achieved?
Qualifications are largely work-based. Candidates will have an assessor who will visit them at work on a regular basis to document progress through observations, discussions and witness testimonies from managers.
Depending on your current circumstances some individuals will just work towards the vocational qualification, whilst others may work towards an apprenticeship.
After completing a Level 2 qualification in Business Administration there will be lots of opportunities for progression in your career. Level 3 candidates could move into supervisory roles or specialise in a specific area of employment, eg, finance, events, marketing, human resources or business development. Level 3 learners develop a more comprehensive range of business skills, including team supervision and project management, while the focus on organisational strategy at Level 4 caters to those in a managerial role. Often candidates with Level 3 qualifications will naturally move into management and supervisory roles with the opportunity to do some further training. Some people choose to go to University to undertake a foundation degree or an undergraduate degree in a related subject area to develop their skills and knowledge further.