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Business & Professional Administration Higher Apprenticeship Level 4

A higher apprenticeship will offer you a different, work-based route into professions that traditionally were the preserve of university graduates. Not only this, but you will have had three to four years’ extra work experience in these careers than a graduate entering by the traditional route. The Level 4 Diploma in Business & Administration, part of the Higher Apprenticeship in Business & Professional Administration, is aimed at experienced business professionals such as office managers, admin team leaders and business development executives. You will study a range of units relevant to your work, which could include communicating in business, resolving administration problems and culture and ethics in a business environment.

Entry requirements

You must be able to demonstrate ability equivalent to or exceeding Level 2 in English and maths. This requirement may be met through the achievement of Level 2 Functional Skills, equivalent GCSEs, A-Levels or AS Levels, or an initial assessment which demonstrates the required ability.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, which could include:

  • Communicate in a business environment
  • Resolve administration problems
  • Manage the work of an administrative function
  • Evaluate and improve own performance in a business environment
  • Managing sustainability and risk
  • Communicating in business
  • Culture and ethics in a business environment
  • Business administration systems
  • Managing people and performance in a business environment
  • Managing business facilities

Assessment methods

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


You will gain the following qualifications:

  • Business & Administration OCR Level 4 Diploma (Knowledge qualification)
  • Business Administration OCR Level 4 NVQ Diploma (Competence qualification)

Further study and career options

Further study: On successful completion you could progress on to the Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in Management & Leadership or undertake business related or other qualifications, including foundation degrees in business, business management or business administration. You could also take specialised qualifications providing additional technical knowledge and become a member of professional bodies in order to further your employment opportunities.

Future careers: With additional training, you may be able to progress to roles including operations director, business development manager, company secretary or a wide range of managerial roles within business.

Course Information & How to Apply

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. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291747.

LengthStart DateDay(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
15-18 months Flexible Work-based learning only Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747. Cauldwell Street W428


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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.

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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.

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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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