Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Administration

This programme is designed for people who have some previous experience (and preferably a qualification) in business administration.  Your job will involve planning and decision making and you might be responsible for the supervision of other members of staff.

Entry Requirements

To undertake an advanced level apprenticeship you must be employed in a business administration job that allows you to plan and make decisions.  You need to work a minimum of 30 hours per week.  If you already have a job, and your employer agrees, you can join an apprenticeship.  If you are seeking employment in business administration you can find your own Employer or apply for a job through the apprenticeship vacancies service.   All apprentices need to have contract of employment and earn at least the the national minimum wage for apprentices

There are no formal entry requirements for the advanced level apprenticeship in business administration.  However, it is likely that advanced level apprentices will have some prior experience in a business or administration role to allow them to complete the advanced apprenticeship.  You may have already completed the intermediate level apprenticeship in business administration or another qualification related to business administration.  You should have but you should have a “can do” attitude and a reasonable standard of English and maths (e.g. GCSE Grade D or above).

Length of Course/Start Date

The course normally lasts 18 months.  You can start the programme at any time of the year.

Contents of the programme

On the advanced level apprenticeship in Business Administration you will study for the following qualifications:

  • OCR Level 3 Diploma in Business Administration
  • Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT at Level 2.

Other non-certificates components of the programme include:

  • Induction to apprenticeship
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Be Safe! (health and safety)


You will need to attend Badgehurst Training Ltd’s Centre for your induction (introduction) to apprenticeship and for some support sessions, including functional skills.  Otherwise you will develop your skills and knowledge through a combination of on-job training in the work place and through independent study.  One of our Training Officers will visit you regularly in your work place to provide support, deliver training, set targets and carry out assessment.


We use a range of assessment methods on this programme, including observation of practical performance (in the workplace), questioning, assignments, case studies, witness statements, tasks and tests.

Progression and Employment Opportunities

Once you have completed the advanced level apprenticeship in business administration, with support and opportunities in the workplace,  you could be able to to progress onto:

  • the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Business & Professional Administration
  • further or higher education to undertake business related or other qualifications, including
  • Foundation Degrees in areas such as business, business management, and business administration
  • a range of business and management undergraduate programmes
  • a range of business professional qualifications at level 4 and above.

With additional training, advanced apprentices may be able to progress in their careers to roles including office manager, administration team leader, personal assistant or a wide range of managerial roles within business.