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Administration (Business Professional) Level 1 at Gateshead College

Course description

OCR’s Administration qualification is designed to give you the opportunity to develop your skills to carry out a range of practical administrative tasks to the standard required by business.  It will give you the opportunity to prepare for employment in administrative roles.  This qualification is nationally recognised and highly valued by employers.

Administration skills are learnt through a combination of classroom and practical learning. 

Gateshead College has an office working area in the classroom and students are treated as employees to give you a feel for the workplace environment. 

You will use up-to-date technology such as Interactive Whiteboards, IPads and Tablets. 

You will also work together to organise an annual charity event where you will be given the opportunity to apply the skills you have learned and demonstrate teamwork. 

Throughout your course, you will be given support to develop your skills for job searching, take part in an interviewing skills & techniques session, create a bespoke CV and create a LinkedIn account.

The programme is offered on a full-time basis: 2-3 full days per week.

Course content

Working in Administration

Learn the role and importance of an Administrator in a business environment.  You will learn how to work effectively in teams.

Creating Business Documents

Use the most up to date software to create eye catching business documents.

Handling Mail

Enjoy a work experience placement in our Mail Room where you will have the opportunity to use post equipment (franking machine), learn postal systems and help calculate costs.


Improve your IT skills with bespoke teaching on Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

Study Programme

As part of your Study Programme we will help you to become work ready.  If you do not have the necessary A-C grades in Maths and English, you will be expected to attend timetabled classes.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grade D-G or a Level 1 in maths and English.

Future opportunities

Gateshead College has a high success rate as well as strong links with local employers.  They are frequently approached for recommendations for upcoming vacancies and apprenticeships. 

Past graduates have secured employment as administrators, secretaries and receptionists while others progress onto a Foundation Degree in Business or into an Apprenticeship.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gateshead College directly.

Last updated date: 12 April 2016

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    • Gateshead College's Baltic Campus is located on the Gateshead quayside, just minutes from Newcastle City Centre and its attractions.

      The College is situated behind the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage Gateshead.

      The College has its own car park, but at busy times alternative parking is available nearby.

      There is a charge for parking. Students can apply for a permit to allow free parking during study time.