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Business and Professional Administration - Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship

Course Type: Apprenticeships Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 18-24 months

Course aims

This apprenticeship is designed to meet the skills and needs of employers by attracting new talent into a career in business and administration and helping to up-skill existing staff members. 

Apprentices will develop their skills in a range of areas relevant to business administration such as communication, presentation skills and providing administrative support. 

This training aims to develop the skills and qualities valued in employees by employers through understanding and working on the learners strengths and weaknesses. 

This apprenticeship is designed for learners who are working in a senior business administration role within any sector or industry.


Apprenticeships are available for school leavers and adults (19+), beginning at Level 2 through to degree level.

What levels are available?


Wages vary depending on the type of apprenticeship but there is a national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK which applies to all 16-18 year olds and to those aged 19 or over in the first year of their studies. From October 2017, this is £3.50 per hour. However, the MET encourages employers to pay at a higher hourly rate.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements can include:

  • at least five GCSEs grades A – C (9 – 4 on the new grading system)
  • a Level 3 qualification, including A levels, NVQ/SVQ Level 3, or a BTEC National

Am I eligible?

Anyone aged 16 or over can apply for an apprenticeship. You cannot be self-employed and must have lived in the UK or EU for the past three years to be eligible.

This programme requires the learner to already be employed in a business role.

Course Content:

This framework will support you to achieve: 

  •  Resolve Administrative Problems
  •  Manage the Work of an Administrative Function
  •  Communicate in a Business Environment
  •  Manage Personal and Professional Development
  •  Design and Development of an Information System 
  •  Develop a Presentation
  •  Analyse Business Data

Why choose an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to gain a nationally recognised qualification and valuable skills whilst working.

We are a major provider of apprenticeships in the South East, helping employers to find the right apprentice for their business or upskill existing employees, and supporting individuals to succeed.

How long does an apprenticeship take?

An apprenticeship can take between one and five years to complete depending on the level and subject area.

As a guide, an Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship usually takes around 12 to 18 months and an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship around 18 months to 2 years, and a higher Apprenticeship 3 - 4 years.

What might my working hours be?

Apprentices are required to have a minimum of 30 contracted hours with an employer who will agree working patterns. The majority of businesses in the UK work on a 37.5 hour week for full-time staff.

Expect 20% of your contracted time to be dedicated to your apprenticeship training. If you need support with English and maths this should also be within your working hours.

How much will I earn?

Apprenticeships are paid training schemes. You will learn and earn at the same time.

Wages will vary depending on the type of apprenticeship, but there is a national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK which applies to all 16 – 18 year olds and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their studies. From April 2018, this is £3.70 per hour and from April 2019 it will increase to £3.90 per hour. However, the MET encourages employers to pay at a higher hourly rate. After a year, all apprentices need to be paid the minimum wage for their age. For more information please see the Government NMW web page.

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