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Executive Assistant Diploma

Our career-enhancing home study/distance learning Executive Assistant Diploma NCFE IIQ is our highest course and designed for those looking to have a professional career at the top!

The course is suitable for those already working as a PA/Secretary/Administrator who are looking to gain recognition for their knowledge and skills and develop their skills further to boost confidence and increase job opportunities enabling them to apply for more demanding roles within business.

The course has 6 key sections:

•     IT/Computer Skills covering Microsoft Office
•     Professional Business Documents
•     Administration
•     Managerial Administration
•     PA Skills
•     Leadership Skills

Optional Unit – Shorthand

We liaise with members of the Executive Assistant sectors to ensure our Executive Assistant Diploma is relevant to the current job role, as well as covering the educational standards required. We are particularly recognised for going the extra mile by training our learners for the workplace and not just to pass the Assessments.

The average salary for Executive Assistants is £38,500 with the top range exceeding £40,000 and some more experienced roles over £50,000 and some at £60,000 in the London area (www.reed.co.uk/average-salary/admin-secretarial-pa/executive-assistant).

Accreditation - NCFE IIQ

Upon successful completion you will be awarded the:

Level 3 – Executive Assistant Diploma

Comprising the following individual Diplomas and Certificates:

•     Professional IT User Diploma (Level 3)
•     Professional Administration Diploma (Level 3)
•     Professional Business Documents Diploma (Level 3)
•     Managerial Administration Diploma (Level 4)
•     PA Skills Certificate (Level 3)
•     Leadership Skills Certificate (Level 3)
•     Teeline Shorthand Diploma (Level 3) – Optional

We are an approved NCFE IIQ Centre. NCFE is one of the leading vocational awarding bodies in the UK and is also recognised internationally. Level 3 is advanced level and Level 4 is degree foundation level and the Executive Assistant Diploma has been benchmarked using Ofqual’s QCF level descriptors to allow you to consider the depth of study and level of difficulty involved.

Further information about NCFE Awarding Body.

Studying with Us

This is a home study/distance learning course and you can complete the whole Executive Assistant Diploma at home including Assessments. There is no need to attend an exam centre or visit Lewis College.

You will have one to one tuition throughout the course, corresponding with your personal tutors through email. We provide optional phone or Skype calls at different stages as you progress through your course.

You will also have a Course Mentor who is there to provide additional support as and when required.

For further details please visit our How We Teach page.

Different Study and Payment Plans

As a guide, if you studied between 5-7 hours per week, you could expect to complete the Executive Assistant Diploma within 18 months. However, we have a range of study and payment plans so you can study at a faster pace, or alternatively, you can reduce the weekly hours and study at a slower pace that suits you.

We offer a range of different payment plans to support this flexibility;

•     Pay in full – Study as quickly as you wish
•     Pay in two halves – study and complete the course within 9 months
•     Pay in four payments – complete within 12 months
•     Pay by monthly subscription – no finance agreement and you can pause the course for up to 6 months providing flexibility
•     Modular payment – pay for each module at a pace that suits you

Further details about our range of different study and payment plans are available upon request.

The course is open for 26 months for all students.

Course Content

Level 3 – Professional IT User Diploma – 7 Modules

This section of the course will develop your IT skills using to an advanced level covering Microsoft Office.

Modules include:
•     Word – Word Processing
•     Excel – Spreadsheets and Charts
•     PowerPoint – Electronic Slide Presentations
•     Access – Databases
•     Outlook – Email and PIM
•     Publisher – Desktop Publishing
•     Internet research skills

Level 3 – Professional Administration Diploma – 10 Modules

These modules will develop your ability to manage a range of administrative tasks required in a demanding PA role. You will study underpinning knowledge as well as procedures for a range of different administrative tasks that require analysis, evaluation and decision-making skills as well.

Modules include:

•     Managing Business Events
•     Managing Business Trips
•     Managing Business Meetings
•     Reviewing Office Procedures
•     Research and Report writing
•     HR Recruitment
•     Diary Management
•     Petty Cash Management
•     Business Organisations
•     Composing Complex Business Documents

Level 4 – Managerial Administration – 5 Modules

This section of the course develops your skills in managing more senior roles where your leadership skills will be required in particular. Modules include:

•     Chairing a Business Meeting
•     Delivering Presentations
•     Staff Training Reviews
•     Legislation Affecting Business Organisations
•     Team Leadership

Assessments are carried out in the workplace in real life situations.

Level 3 – Professional Business Documents – 6 Modules

This section of the course will develop your skills to produce a range of business documents to a professional standard focusing on production rate and ability to follow instructions, design and layout. You will be applying advanced Word features to streamline production and design of different business documents.

Modules include:

•     Touch typing and speed development – using our interactive program – Speed Exam
•     Advanced business letters
•     Complex tables
•     Producing and Editing multi-page reports
•     Audio Transcription
•     Mail merge

Level 3 – EA Skills Certificate – 5 Modules

The topics covered in this section are all about helping you to cope with the demanding role of an Executive Assistant and they link in particular with the administration section of the course. They are also designed to help you with developing you as a person and career opportunities.

Modules include:

•     Confidence Building and Self Esteem
•     Organisational Skills, Stress Management, Ergonomics and Health
•     Communication Skills – Body Language, Questioning and Answering Skills, Telephone Techniques
•     Relationship and People Management Skills
•     Social Media and Networking Skills

Level 3 – Leadership Skills Certificate – 5 Modules

The topics covered here complement the Managerial Administration Diploma and build on your PA skills. The range of skills and knowledge covered in this section will help you fulfil the different managerial roles involved in an Executive Assistant job. Modules include:

•     Team Leadership Skills
•     Performance Management
•     Coaching and Communication
•     Managing Projects
•     Effective Negotiation

Optional modules

Teeline Shorthand Diploma – 7 Modules

Having shorthand skills will complement your role as a Executive Assistant and enable you to take down telephone notes, instructions and of course minutes of business meetings. Shorthand skills will provide you with an edge when applying for jobs and this is a well sought-after skill by business and recruitment agencies. The range of modules you will cover include:

•     Teeline Theory
•     Speed tests from 40 wpm to 70 wpm
•     Business Correspondence Dictation
•     Minutes of Business Meetings

What's Included

•     Courseware (Information Booklets, PA textbook, videos, MS Office IT manuals, audio files, audio transcription program, assignments, worked examples, mock exams (where relevant)
•     Unlimited one-to-one tuition with our personal tutors through email throughout the course and pre-booked phone/Skype meetings for those who wish to speak to a tutor personally
•     Careers Advice, CV design, interview techniques and ongoing support whilst applying for jobs with our Careers Adviser with over 30 years’ experience
•     NCFE awarding body registration fees
•     Certificates and postage
•     30% discount on Executive Secretary Magazine (Educational Magazine for Secretaries/PAs)
•     Eligibility for an NUS card (UK students)
•     VAT

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