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Administrators are important members of today’s modern veterinary team, working alongside veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses to deliver the highest standards of customer service and ensure the smooth day-to-day running of veterinary practices.

Our range of business administration courses are designed to develop practical business and administration skills through on-the-job training.

Subject overview

Accredited by City & Guilds, our range of business administration courses, undertaken as part of an apprenticeship, give learners the practical experience and administration skills needed to provide routine and complex administrative support to their organisation, through a variety of business related activities in the workplace.

Why choose to study Business Administration at The College of Animal Welfare?

  • Earn as you learn in the workplace

In order to undertake an apprenticeship you will be employed in a business and administration environment and be earning at least the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices. Being work-based, you will not be required to attend college, instead you will be supported and visited in your place of work by one of our work-based learning assessors.

  • Gain real long term job prospects in business administration

According to the Skills Funding Agency (March 2015), 90% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeships, with 71% of these staying with the same employer. This means your future job prospects are extremely good. Employers regard apprenticeships so highly because they recognise, not only the qualification you will achieve, but the extensive experience you will gain of the working environment.

  • Supportive tutors and progression opportunities

Our assessors are passionate about helping and supporting you to achieve your qualification; and have significant experience in the business environment. Our range of levels will also allow you to progress onto higher level qualifications if you so wish; providing you with the opportunity to further your administrative skills and knowledge, and work towards a managerial position.

Why study Business Administration?

Effective administrative support underpins the success of every business; with employment opportunities existing in the public, private and charity sectors. A qualification in business administration can help you succeed in any size or type of organisation. For instance you could go onto become a secretary, receptionist, administrative assistant, personal assistant, office supervisor, team leader or administration manager.

At Level 2 you will gain the knowledge, skills and practical experience needed to provide both routine and more complex administrative support; developing your administrative skills in areas requiring professional responsibility such as the production of business documents, administrative support for meetings and stationary supplies.

On our Levels 3 and 4 admin courses, there is an emphasis on building upon your professional achievements in order to gain greater technical, managerial and administration skills, as well as supervising others and contributing to the wider strategy of your organisation or department.

“We really liked the concept of modern apprenticeships, work based learning is a two-way street and both the company and the individual apprentice can benefit greatly. Skills learned and problems solved are very real, they apply to actual workplace situations that an apprentice can easily relate to. So whilst going through this learning process, the apprentice can feel the fulfilment and satisfaction of achieving meaningful goals that make a direct contribution to our company.”
Ian Laidlaw, Managing Director, Analytik Ltd
“The CAW tutors are extremely helpful and always manage to find time to provide support and answer any queries. I am never left in any doubt as to what is required of me due to their complete understanding of the syllabus and so, in turn, my own understanding of the syllabus is improved. I am also easily able to fit the course around my work placement as the Tutors help to encourage a flexible learning rate so my work and my course do not clash.” 
Paul Bradford, Intermediate Apprenticeship in Business Administration

All businesses – whether they are public, private or voluntary – need effective administrators in order to facilitate productivity and growth within the workplace. As such a business administration qualification is valued by employers across all industries, and can open up many exciting and rewarding opportunities.

A formal qualification will stand you in good stead when applying for business administration jobs; for instance those with a formal qualification in business administration may go onto become an administrative assistant, veterinary receptionist, office administrator or database administrator.