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Higher Apprenticeship in Employment Related Services

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  • Duration of course 12-18 months
  • Course type Apprenticeship
  • This course is suitable for 16-18; Adults

Will the course give me what I want?

These qualifications are designed to contribute towards meeting the professional needs of the employment related services sector and recognise the knowledge, understanding and performance requirements of managers and advanced practitioners.

The accessible nature of the units means that training can be delivered in bite-sized chunks, providing a flexible approach to learning. Tests will be available three times throughout the year meaning that candidates can access them as they complete individual sections of learning, if they wish to.

The qualification provides good underpinning knowledge to support an administration role. Some units are assessed through an examination.

Mandatory Units

  • Understand the employment related services sector
  • Develop and evaluate operational plans for own area of responsibility
  • Evaluate and improve own performance in a business environment

Optional Units (selection)

  • Principles, theories and practices of learning and development
  • Preparing for the coaching role
  • Preparing to work in the career information, advice and guidance sector
  • Use diagnostic tools with clients

Optional units provide opportunity to show understanding and skills in a variety of areas, including basic finance, IT and contributing to events. The NVQ gives learners the opportunity to create a portfolio of evidence showing how they are applying administration skills within their workplace. This includes six mandatory units covering the core skills needed to improve own performance and work more effectively. Learners have a choice of a wide range optional units which are likely to be determined by the employer and learner jointly identifying what best suits their needs.

The final two elements are the development of Personal learning and Thinking Skills which are embedded within the delivery of the knowledge and competency elements of the training, and Employment Rights and Responsibilities where understanding is checked through completion of a short workbook, or can be taken as a standalone unit.

We can provide a list of optional units and work with you to choose which are the most appropriate.

Functional Skills

If employees do not have a Level 1 qualification in English, Maths or ICT gained in the last 5 years e.g. GCSE Grade C or above, they will also need to achieve functional skills at level 1 in these subjects.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

Apprentices are in employment but the apprenticeship can help job security and promotion.

How will I learn?

Your training will be provided by both the College and your employer. It involves building a portfolio of work based evidence supported by your College assessor and classroom based activity to prepare for externally assessed units and functional skills.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through on line exams for some units and any functional skills you need to take. The remainder will be assessed through a portfolio of work based evidence.

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc


Which awarding body is the course validation by?


What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

We will undertake an assessment and skills scan to make sure that this qualification is suitable for you. It is preferable to have English and Maths GCSE Grade C or above.

Expected prior knowledge

You do not need prior knowledge but must be working in a Administration role and have a contract of employment for at least 30 hours per week.

English level

Minimum Level 1 and preferably GCSE at Grade C or above

Minimum Level 1 and preferably GCSE at Grade C or above

Minimum Level 1 and preferably GCSE at Grade C or above

Equipment and other costs


For further information or to apply please contact The Business Development Team on 020 7258 2711 or email