Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) in Business and Administration are designed to equip those working in business and administration with the skills and knowledge they need to demonstrate competence in their job role. They are ideal for those working in an office environment and who wish to gain a qualification whilst they work.
Modern Apprenticeship in Business Admin
This suite of qualifications can be undertaken as a Modern Apprenticeship. Modern Apprenticeships are for existing or new employees of all ages. It is a great way to get a funded or part funded qualification whilst you work.
SVQ2 Business Administration (SCQF5)
Level 2 involves a good range of activities with some degree of complexity and limited autonomy. Mandatory Units cover undertaking allocated work, communicating and managing own performance in a business environment.
There is a wide range of optional Units including document production, supporting events, meetings and diaries, customer service, IT and various specialist administrative functions.
SVQ3 in Business Administration (SCQF6)
At Level 3, candidates have a broad range of activities with significant complexity, responsibility and autonomy, often in a supervisory or team-leading role.
Mandatory Units cover managing workload, communicating and planning, and improving own performance in a business environment. There is again a wide range of optional Units including work responsibilities, document production and design, managing events, customer service, managing business resources, and managing information and data.
SVQ4 in Business Administration (SCQF8)
At Level 4, SCQF level 8 candidates will normally be managers with responsibility for staff and/or financial or other resources.
Mandatory units involve managing and being accountable for own performance, and managing work and communication in a business environment. Optional units include business support services, project management, managing business resources, innovation and change, managing Information and data, customer service and communication.
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s up to you!
One of the benefits of gaining your qualification with us is that we will fit around the needs of the candidate and the organisation they work for. You will see your tutor once a month. You can either come to our training room or our tutor will visit you. If you live at a distance them we are happy to overcome barriers by setting up regular Skype calls.
As this is a vocational qualification you will gather evidence of the topics from work you do. For example if you are covering a document on producing documents you might provide a word document that you have created, an email to your manager asking what is required or an email to a team member with the completed document.
It’s as easy as that! There are times where your tutor may want you to do a piece of writing about something you have completed within your workplace. The tutor may also observe you undertake a specific task or ask your line manager to provide a witness testimony.
One of the first considerations is always ‘how long will it take?’ Undertaking any qualification is a big commitment and you will want to be re-assured that you have time to complete it.
One of the benefits of studying with us is that there are no ‘get this to me by this date or you will not pass’. We work around the commitments of both our learners and the organisations in which they work.
Some people take a year and some complete their qualification in less than 6 months. If you had two hours a week to dedicate to producing the evidence and work needed you could easily complete in 6 to 8 months for a full SVQ.