Modern Apprenticeship in Business and Administration

The business services sector has been identified in Scotland's economic strategy as a growth sector.


Level SVQ Level 3

Delivery Face-to-Face | Day-Release | Work-Based

START Rolling Entry

Duration 2 Years



How it works...

A Modern Apprenticeship is a work-based qualification for people employed in the industry. The programme is a combination of work-based and college training and provides the dual benefit of students gaining a nationally recognised qualification while being paid as they work.


Employer benefits...

  • Instil your company’s values whilst training
  • Motivate existing staff by investing in the workforce and providing supervisory opportunities
  • Develop up to date and relevant skills and qualifications
  • Cost effective training supported by funding from Skills Development Scotland (up to 100% funding depending on age and eligibility criteria)
  • Create and retain a modern skilled workforce

Apprentice benefits...

  • Debt-free learning
  • Nationally recognised qualifications
  • A route to great pay
  • Career progression opportunities
  • Significant experience to enhance your CV
  • Possible support with travel costs if coming to college

Course content...

Business Administrators at this level undertake a wide range of complex tasks in a variety of work contexts. They have a high degree of autonomy and responsibility and may provide some supervisory support.

Job titles for Business & Administration Apprentices could include:

  • Administrator,
  • Administrator Clerk,
  • Administration Officer,
  • Executive Officer,
  • Administration Team Leader,
  • Office Supervisor,
  • Personal Assistant (PA),
  • Secretary.

Further details...

The SVQ is developed by the sector skills body for this occupational area - the Council for Administration. The course is delivered through a mixture of assessor visits to the workplace, college attendance and the production of a portfolio of evidence.

Registration and certification of the qualification is through the awarding body Council for Administration (CfA).


What you need... 

You should be employed in an office-based environment.

Where you can go... 

  • HNC Administration/Business
  • PDA qualifications at SCQF level 7
  • Personal assistant/Secretary
  • Receptionist
  • Office supervisor
  • General administrator