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Business Administration City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate


This course aims to meet the needs of the young or adult learner wishing to work (or already working) in an administrative support role. It will allow you to develop essential knowledge of how to carry out everyday and more complex administrative tasks, such as managing information and supporting events, as well as giving you the opportunity to gain an understanding of project management.

Entry requirements

To begin this course you will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above, including English; or alternatively a Level 2 qualification in Business Administration and/or appropriate work experience. Key Skills in Literacy, Functional Skills in English, Basic Skills/Adult Literacy and ESOL Level 2 qualifications are accepted as an alternative to a GCSE in English.

Course content

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

  • Personal responsibilities and how to develop and evaluate own performance at work.
  • Working with and supervising others in a business environment
  • Providing and maintaining administrative services
  • Managing information and producing documents in a business environment
  • Project management.

You may also study at the Bedford, Rushden or Luton Learning Centre to develop your IT skills and gain a qualification.

Assessment methods

You will study through a variety of teaching methods to accommodate a range of learning styles. You will be assessed through a mixture of written examinations and multiple choice examinations.

Further study and career options

After successfully completing this course you may choose to pursue a career as an office administrator or personal assistant. You could also progress on to the full-time or part-time HND programme if you are over the age of eighteen.

Additional information

Please note that this course is currently under review for 2015-16 and is subject to change.

This course is part-time and runs from September to June, with attendance being one day per week from 9.15am-12.30pm. You will be expected to complete approximately four hours of independent study a week, some of which will be homework and/or revision. You will be required to provide your own equipment, which will include folders, notebooks, pens and pencils. A USB is also recommended to save your work.

Funding information

This course could be free! You will be eligible if you are aged 19-24 on the 31st August of the year you are starting your course and are actively seeking employment and in receipt of a means tested benefit (such as job seekers, housing benefit, council tax benefit). Please note you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

Course Information & How to Apply

Unfortunately this course has been cancelled. Please ring 01234 291000 or email for alternatives.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
31 week(s) 21/09/2015 Mon 9.15 am - 12.30 pm £724 Cauldwell Street E1738 Course in progress


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.
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