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Administration Advanced Apprenticeship at Gateshead College

Course description

This Advanced Apprenticeship is about playing an important support role within a business or organisation. 

Administrators handle the day-to-day tasks in an office and make sure things run smoothly – 97% of employers say that effective administration is essential to their business, so they do a crucial job.  You must enjoy working with people and need to be confident as you may be dealing with telephone and face-to-face enquiries.

As an Advanced Business and Administration Apprentice, your exact duties will depend on your employer. It’s likely that you’ll have some responsibility to handle various tasks.

You may be organising events and meetings, dealing with internal and external customers, researching and presenting information by using spread sheets, databases, etc.  This sort of work requires a strong sense of responsibility, accuracy and attention to detail. 

At a more advanced level tasks may include overseeing operational change within organisations, managing teams, monitoring risk and agreeing budgets.  

Course content

  • Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Business Administration, which is a qualification that combines the competence and knowledge elements of the Apprenticeship.
  • Functional Skills involve English at Level 2, Mathematics at Level 2 and Information and Communication Technology at Level 2


An assessor will visit you in your workplace to assist you to compile a portfolio of evidence. Functional Skills are assessed by examination and portfolio and delivered in College. 

Apprentices who have the appropriate GCSE grades or Key Skills may be exempt from completing the Functional Skills.

Financial information

  • There are no financial costs to an Apprentice working within an organisation. 
  • An employer would have to pay you a wage (minimum of £2.73 per hour for your first year of your apprenticeship programme). 

Future opportunities

One of the great things about business and administration is that you can work almost anywhere. With your transferable skills, you could be working in a record company or a charity.

Administration roles are also an excellent starting point to move into management once you have more experience.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 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.