Executive PA Diploma

Our online distance learning/home study Executive PA Diploma course is our most popular and extensive course for those looking for a rewarding career as an Executive PA!  Accredited by NCFE CQ at Level 3 and CPD recognised.

Personal AssistantBusiness organisations from the UK and abroad choose this course to train their staff as well as private students as it the leading Executive PA Diploma available to study online and well recognised in the business world.

Suitable for those working as a PA/Secretary/Administrator and now looking to gain recognition for existing experience and to develop skills and knowledge to increase job opportunities, promotion and boost confidence.

Course Overview

Included in the course is the well known Sue France “The Definitive Personal Assistant & Secretarial Handbook” for you to keep.

You will access your course online via our Lewis College Learning Hub at times to suit you – from your computer, tablet or phone on the move or from home.

You can download all the course material as you progress through each unit to keep for future reference.

You will study with our qualified and experienced tutors who will provide personal feedback, demonstration videos for further guidance, worked examples, support and guidance throughout including mentoring.  We teach beyond the qualification and include specific details that directly benefit you.

Study from as little as 2 hours a week!

The course is open for you to study for up to 2 years giving you plenty of flexibility and “time out” for holidays, illness, moving house etc.

You can study from as little as 2 hours a week, or however many hours you choose, or even full time if you wish to complete the course in less than 5 months.  You can study more one week, less the next – flexible and easy to manage your study times to fit in with your lifestyle.

Range of topics

There are 28 different units in this course covering the full range of skills and knowledge required for a typical Executive PA role.  To pass each unit you will complete an office style assessment with some units jointly assessed as they cover multi skills.  Some units are small which you can complete in a few hours with others requiring a bit more thinking and planning.

You can complete the whole course, including assessments at home and submit these electronically.


You will receive certificates issued by NCFE and The CPD Accreditation Group.  These will list all the units for each single Diploma and Certificate as well as the full Executive PA Diploma Level 3 identifying the wide range of knowledge and skills you have achieved.

Free careers advice and support for up to 2 years after completion

We offer free careers advice, interview technique guidance and support whilst applying for jobs both during the course and for up to 2 years after completion.  Most of our students secure a new job or gain promotion whilst studying with us or after they have completed their course.

Advanced IT User DiplomaAdvanced Administration DiplomaAdvanced Business Documents Diploma PA Skills Certificate
Internet Browsing SoftwareBusiness Meetings and Conference CallsTouch Typing/Speed Development Confidence Building Skills
Outlook - Email and PIMBusiness TripsAdvanced Business LettersCommunication Skills
Excel- Spreadsheets and ChartsDiary ManagementComplex TablesOrganisation/Stress Management Skills
Word - Word ProcessingBusiness EventsMulti-page ReportsRelationship/People Management Skills
PowerPoint - Electronic PresentationsHR RecruitmentMail MergeSocial Media and Networking
Access - DatabasesResearch and Report WritingAudio Transcription
Publisher - Desktop PublishingComposing Complex Business Documents
Petty Cash, Budgets and Expenses
Business Organisations
Reviewing Office Procedures
You will need MS Office for this course (details about subscription for Office 365 available from us).  You can use a Mac or Windows computer.
OPTION - Teeline Shorthand Diploma - special discount rate - £180 (normal price £250) when enrolling on this course
Teeline TheorySpeed Development from 40 wpm up to 100 wpm
Business Correspondence Dictation and TranscriptionMinutes of Business Meetings
The theory text book is included in the course and you will also need an A5 notebook and biro.

Accreditation by NCFE CQ and CPD

This Diploma is a fully accredited qualification by NCFE CQ, awarding organisation recognised by UK qualification regulators. NCFE qualifications are both UK and internationally recognised.  The qualification is also CPD recognised.

NCFE CQ10452Executive PA Diploma (Level 3)

You will also be awarded the following individual Diplomas and Certificate:

  • CQ10447 – Advanced IT User Diploma (Level 3)
  • CQ10445 – Advanced Administration Diploma (Level 3)
  • CQ10446 – Advanced Business Documents Diploma (Level 3)
  • CQ10472  – PA Skills Certificate (Level 3)

  • CQ10464- Teeline Shorthand Diploma (Level 3) (if you choose this additional option)

Level 3 is advanced level and the Executive PA 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 and accreditation.

Course Fees – £1,950

Pay in Full – 20% Discount – £1,560 – Save £390

Study as quickly as you wish and complete the course as soon as you wish.

You can pay by credit or debit card or bank transfer.  Invoices for employers paying can also be provided.

Pay quarterly (£487.50 per quarter) or Pay monthly (£162.50 per month)

The course is spread over at least 12 months to match the payment plan.

This option is also open to employers funding the course.

(All fees include VAT)

Start Dates

December 2020

1 December
8 December

30% Discount when paying in full to clear last few places

January 2021

5 January 2021
12 January 2021
19 January 2021
26 January 2021

5 January 2021 start date - Bookings close 20 December 2020