This course has concessions available

Business Administration BTEC Level 1 Qualification – ONLINE

Learn the skills required to work in an administrative job to ensure the smooth running of all types of businesses and charities. Learn a wide range of new skills or develop your existing skills and gain a recognised qualification. These courses cover the range of key administrative functions and activities required in the modern office environment.

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Who is this course for

This course is for students who wish to learn the skills required to work in an administrative job to ensure the smooth running of all types of business and charities. Students do not need to have any previous experience of office skills but are required to have a good level of English (Level 1) as they will be required to write a report and compose business letters as part of the course and for accreditation. Some basic computer skills are required.

What does this course cover

Using a variety of office equipment
Managing files and folders on the computer
Writing your own business correspondence
Making and receiving telephone calls efficiently
Develop good proof reading skills
Understand the Data Protection Act and how this relates to an administrator
Writing a good CV

By the end of the course you should be able to:
On completion of the course students should be able to use a variety of office equipment, filing (both electronic and manual), write a business letter, copying text from a draft document, prioritise work, answer the telephone efficiently and take messages accurately and have an understanding of the Data Protection Act and how this relates to an administrator etc. - all the necessary key skills and functions for an administration job.

What will it be like

The course is fully taught with practical tasks to complete on the computer/manually both individually and in groups with assessments to complete at the end of each module which is portfolio based.

Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

Some exercises may need to be printed but if a student does not have a printer these can be sent by post. Most tasks and exercises will be provided.

Students need a lap top or computer with Microsoft Office Word - it is not possible to enrol on this course using a mobile phone.

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

What this course could lead to

Mary Ward Centre courses: Other IT or Business courses

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’