Personal Assistant - QLS Level 3 Diploma Course

Course Format:Online Course (With Optional Paper-Based Course Notes)
Self-Study Time:Approximately 200 Hours (Self-Study)
Delivery Time:1-3 Working Days (Email)
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Course Description

The Personal Assistant - QLS Level 3 Diploma Course is designed to give an overview of the key areas of business understanding and abilities that are needed within the role of a Personal Assistant (PA) or Personal Secretary (PS). The role of a Personal Assistant can vary quite a bit but can be generalised as someone who will assist in the daily business or personal tasks on the behalf of a Senior Manager. The practical roles required are much more than sound administrative skills, and the role requires strong personal skills and a firm grasp of business requirements and procedures.

The position of the Personal Assistant is a strong example that demonstrates that for a professional to add value at work is not only about competence in individual job role, but is also about understanding issues within the broader context of business.

On successful completion of this course students will receive a QLS Level 3 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement.

The Personal Assistant - QLS Level 3 Diploma Course includes the following units:
The learning objectives of this module are to: Understand the management role in an organisation, Explain what is meant by the business environment and how it impacts on an organisation, Explain the nature and scope of corporate strategy, and understand the strategic planning process, Explain how an organisation may structure its various functions and activities, Understand what is meant by organisational culture and how it impacts on business performance.
The learning objectives of this module are to: Define professionalism and explain the role of the professional, Understand how the professional employee adds value to an organisation, Identify the various sources of internal personal effectiveness, Understand what is meant by professional and business ethics, Explain the concept of corporate social responsibility, Understand the essential ingredients of professional development.
The learning objectives of this module are to: Understand the purpose and importance of effective communication, Explain the process and cycle of communication, Identify the various kinds of workplace communication and how it is sent, Understand how to communicate effectively to others, Be able to use properly the main methods of business writing.
The learning objectives of this module are to: Understand the dilemma and concept of time, Explain the importance of effective time management, Demonstrate how time management problems may be identified, Identify the causes of ineffective use of time, Describe the strategies to make best use of time, Outline the benefits to be gained by effective use of time.
The learning objectives of this module are to: Understand why it is important for organisations to maintain business records, Identify how data may be gathered, interpreted and presented, Explain the legislative requirements relating to the storage of personal data, Outline the key conventions and main elements of financial accounting, Explain the purposes of budgets and the approaches to preparing budgets, Distinguish between the different types of costs that exist.
The learning objectives of this module are to: Understand the ways in which organisations may be structured, Explain the use of various key management processes, Identify the effective use of office administrative systems and procedures, Explain how to plan and design office administrative procedures, Explain the correct procedures for conducting effective business meetings.
The learning objectives of this module are to: Understand the importance and benefits of valuing customers, Identify the different types and categories of customers that exist, Explain how to recognise and meet customers' needs and expectations, Identify and understand the main consumer legislation that exists, Understand how to effectively handle customer complaints and problems, Outline how to plan and manage the organising of a conference or event.
The learning objectives of this module are to: Understand the importance of effective teams at work, Explain the various teams that may exist in organisations, Explain how the development needs of others at work may be identified, Understand what is meant by employee consultation, Explain what is meant by being assertive in front of others, Outline the techniques for speaking effectively in a group situation.
The learning objectives of this module are to: Identify the main legislation relating to health and safety at work and its impact on the employment relationship, Explain the duties of employers and employees relating to health and safety, Explain the issues relating to the forming of a contract of employment, Describe the main areas of statutory employment legislation and antidiscrimination legislation, Describe the main legislation relating to the disclosure and access of information in the workplace.
The learning objectives of this module are to: Understand what conflict is and how it may affect workplace relationships, Explain the approaches available to assist employees who have personal problems or concerns, Explain the procedures to deal with situations of discipline and grievance, Understand what stress is and the strategies available to manage stress, Identify specific communication skills required to handle difficult situations.
Course Format & Delivery

You will receive access to the course materials through an online portal for a 12-month period. Students can use the portal for accessing their course materials, submitting assignments and to log tutor questions. 

Please Note: An optional hard-copy version of the course notes can be purchased for an additional £48.00. This is useful for learners who also want to study away from the computer and means they have course notes they can keep and refer back to beyond their online course license.

Delivery of the hard-copy materials is usually within 5 to 10 working days by a recorded delivery service.


There are no particular entry requirements for this course, so students can sign up providing they are comfortable studying at a Level 3 standard.

Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.


You will be assessed on TMAs (Tutor Marked Assignments). Most TMAs consists of short paragraph answers, although some TMAs may have a specific word count. The main criteria to pass as assignment is to prove to the tutor that you have fully understood the question and have answered it sufficiently.

If the assignment is not of the required level or needs an amendment it will be detailed in your tutor feedback so you can make any required changes. The course tutor will be happy to give guidance as to how you might improve you answers. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.

QLS Endorsed Certification

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a QLS Level 3 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that NCC has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by NCC to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

You can find more information on level descriptors from our Certification Overview Page.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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