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Secretary Certificate

Our Secretary Certificate NCFE IIQ is a short course for those looking to have a career as a Secretary and who wish to study the key modules only.

The course is suitable for beginners starting off their professional career, as well as those already working as a 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.

The course is particularly popular with our international students outside Europe where English is not their first language as the course provides training without being too demanding in written English.

Secretary Certificate

The course has 3 key sections:

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

Average salaries for Secretaries in the UK is £27,000 (

Accreditation - NCFE IIQ

Upon successful completion you will be awarded the:

IIQ3777 – Secretary Certificate (Level 2)

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 2 is intermediate level and the Secretary Certificate 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.

Course Content

IT/Computer Skills – 4 Modules

This section of the course will develop your IT skills to an intermediate level covering some of the Microsoft Office programs.

Modules include:

•     Excel – Spreadsheets and Charts
•     PowerPoint – Electronic Slide Presentations
•     Outlook – Email and PIM
•     Internet and Web Research

Administration – 6 Modules

These modules will develop your ability to manage a range of administrative tasks required in a Secretarial role. You will develop your underpinning knowledge including professional procedures for specific administrative roles.

Modules include:

•     Supporting Business Trips
•     Supporting Business Meetings
•     Supporting Diary Management
•     Composing Business Documents
•     Role of the Secretary
•     Using Office Equipment

Business Documents – 5 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 Word features to streamline production and design of different business documents.

Modules include:

•     Touch typing and speed development – using our interactive program – Speed Exam
•     Business letters
•     Tables
•     Producing and Editing multi-page reports
•     Audio Transcription

Studying With Us

This is a home study/distance learning course and you can complete the whole Secretary Certificate 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 this course within 10 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 5 months
•     Pay in four payments – complete within 10 months
•     Pay by monthly subscription – no finance agreement and you can pause the course for up to 6 months providing flexibility in your studying – studying over 16 months
•     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 16 months for all students.

Requesting Further Information

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