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Business Administration Diploma Level 1 at Boston College

Course description

This qualification introduces learners to basic business administration principles, how to behave in an office environment, and how to use office equipment. The course is delivered by staff that have a wide range of knowledge and experience in a business administration. There is a strong emphasis on employability skills relevant to the business, retail and administration sectors.

Course content

You will develop a range of employability skills and techniques, understanding personal qualities and attitudes essential for success in working life. 

The diploma is made up of a number of units and you will study a wide range of subjects which could include: 

- Ideas for small businesses 
- Preparing for work placement 
- Business administration group project 
- Business documentation 

You will also study functional skills English and Maths (unless previously attained) which are essential for students wishing to continue in further education or in employment. 

The course is delivered using a balance between practical and theory. We include e-learning, one-to-one support, individual learning plans, external visits, events and speakers. 

You will also undertake a period of work experience which will be extremely useful in preparing you for your next steps in either employment or education. 

Other courses may be offered alongside the Diploma such as employability skills and Award in Personal Finance which help develop the learner, widen their knowledge and ensure the learning experience is diverse and exciting.

Entry requirements

2 GCSEs at grades G or above (New GCSE grade - 1 or above) or equivalent, or Entry 3 Certification in Skills for Working Life or Life Skills, or ESOL Entry Level 3. 

If you are worried about meeting these entry requirements, the 'Business and Retail RSW Diploma' may be more suitable. Visit the 'Real Skills for Work' page for more information.


You will be assessed using a variety of different methods which include observation, written assessments, discussions with tutor and work books.

Financial information

You will need an A4 folder for your work, pen, pencil and paper.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course along with a good attendance record and positive reference from your tutor could lead to progression on to a Level 2 course, apprenticeship or employment in a business, administration or retail role. 

Successful learners from previous cohorts have gone on to develop careers in roles such as administrative assistants, receptionists and retail assistants.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 February 2017

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