PA Diploma

Our online distance learning  PA Diploma qualification is accredited by NCFE CQ at Level 3.  The course is also CPD recognised (Continuous Professional Development).

This is our middle sized PA course.

You have the option of adding on more units later to gain the full Executive PA Diploma.

The PA Diploma is suitable for beginners as well as those already working as a PA/Secretary/Administrator who are looking to gain recognition for their knowledge and skills and who wish to develop their skills further to boost confidence and increase job opportunities and promotion prospects.

Upon completion of this course you would be able to apply for PA positions.

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.

NCFE CQ10458 – PA Diploma (Level 3)

Level 3 is advanced level and the PA Diploma qualification 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 Overview

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 courseware as you progress through each unit to keep for future reference.

Our qualified and experienced tutors will provide personal feedback, demonstration videos for further guidance, worked examples, support and guidance throughout including mentoring.  We teach beyond the qualification and include additional topics that directly benefit you.

Study from as little as 2 hours a week!

The course is open for you to study for up to 16 months 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 3 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 15 different units in this course covering a wide range of skills and knowledge required for a typical 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 the full range of units and the PA Diploma Level 3 identifying the 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.

Word - Word ProcessingExcel - Spreadsheets and Charts
PowerPoint - Electronic PresentationsOutlook - Email and PIM
Internet Browsing SoftwareBusiness Events
Business TripsBusiness Meetings
Diary ManagementAnalysing information and Composing Complex Business Documents
Business Documents - Advanced Business LettersBusiness Documents - Complex Tables
Audio TranscriptionMail Merge
Touch Typing and Speed Development - using our interactive program - Speed exam

You will need Microsoft Office for this course.  Monthly subscription available for Office 365 from £5.99 pm.  Details on request.

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.  You will need a shorthand notebook and biro.

Course Fees – £1,175

Pay in Full – 20% Discount – £940 – Save £235

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 (£293.75 per quarter) or Pay monthly (£97.92 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