National Qualifications

Level 4 in Business Administration

Course Aims

Studying for your Level 4 Diploma in Business and Administration with Need 2 Succeed will provide the opportunity to have your existing skills certified and help you develop your underpinning knowledge. This will enable you to acquire broadened skill-set and an industry-recognised qualification suitable for work in NHStrusts, educational institutions, government departments, charities and the private sector.

Qualification Objective

  • For the Level 4 Diploma, you will need to gain 40 credits from 6 mandatory units.

Candidates achieving Level 4 may progress to join a Management and Leadership course with Need 2 Succeed at level 3 and above. There are also various diploma and degree qualifications available nationally.

About the Qualification

This qualification can be taken separately or as part of a larger apprenticeship programme of study and enables you to develop knowledge in business administration and progress to the next
level of vocational learning.

It forms the knowledge requirements for the Level 4 Apprenticeship Framework or Standards in Business Administration. Please note that the Apprenticeship also requires you to undertake a Level 4 NVQ qualification alongside the diploma, to satisfy the competency element of the programme. 

If you are working in a senior business administration role, then the Level 4 Diploma is designed for you. You will develop your knowledge and understanding across a range of administrative practices and tasks, such as improving business performance.

It supports the skills and knowledge learners need to become a competent Senior Business Administrator or Office Manager. Learners will complete this qualification with a concrete understanding such as:

  • Understanding how to manage work activities to improve business
  • Business risk management
  • Communicating in a business environment
  • Business administration systems
  • Managing People and Performance in a Business Environment
  • Managing Self Development
  • Course Length

    12-18 months involving 12 monthly teaching days (or 24 evening sessions) plus assessment time and independent study.

    Each level is assessed through the completion of a portfolio of evidence, workbook study tasks, assessment of learning and workplace observations (if required). For the apprenticeship pathway, there will also be an endpoint assessment carried out by an independent awarding body.

  • Course Cost

    • £2375 (Level 4 Diploma)

    There may be opportunities for funding, subject to conditions. If you are employed and working over 21 hours, your course can be 95% funded through our level 3 apprenticeship pathways, if available.

    If you are not eligible, please talk to us about payment plans, to spread the cost of your training. A deposit will be required.

    For more information on funding, please visit the fund my course page.

  • Eligibility

    There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but you must be aged over 18 and either employed or have regular access to a work environment.

    We recommend that you have an excellent command of literacy and numeracy before enrolling on these courses to at least Level 2 (GCSE A*-C or 4-9). We can provide support for this through our programme of online and classroom study for English, Maths and ICT.


Course Fees

*Funding Available (Adult Education / Apprenticeship / Advance Learning Loan) subject to conditions

Course Duration

12-18 months

Course Delivery

Classroom-based/Blended Learning
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