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IQ IAM Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Business Administration (QCF)


Qualification Number 601/6145/0
Title IQ IAM Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Business Administration (QCF)
Category National
Sector General Skills | Business & Administration
Operational Start Date 08/09/2015
Operational End Date 29/04/2020
Total Units 5 Min Credit 34
Min Guided Learning Hours 191 Max Guided Learning Hours 191
Min Age From 19 Min Age To

Registration Fee : £80.00

This is the administrative fee that IQ charges centres to register a learner on this qualification, and NOT a training fee. All fees include registration, certification and postage (international delivery rates may apply).

Qualification Purpose

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About this Qualification

This specification is intended for trainers, centres and learners. General information regarding centre approval, registration, IQR (IQ’s candidate management system), assessment papers, certification, reasonable adjustments, special consideration, appeals procedures, are available from the website. This document should be read in conjunction with the IQ QMS Centre guide available from the website.

The IQ IAM Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Business Administration (QCF) is designed for those candidates who aspire to, or already fulfil managerial roles in organisations. The qualification explores how businesses design and operate internal structures and systems; managing people; ethics and sustainability and business facilities and provides the learner with the knowledge and understanding of these areas. This qualification is based on the Business and Administration national occupational standards and is recognised as a knowledge component of the Higher Apprenticeship in Business & Professional Administration - Level 4.


Learners who achieve this qualification can progress to, for example:

  • IQ IAM Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Business Administration (QCF) and a full Higher Apprenticeship
  • IQ IAM Level 4, 5 or 6 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management
  • Foundation degrees in areas business, business management, business administration
  • Business and management undergraduate courses
  • Membership of professional bodies
  • Managerial roles such as operations director, business development manager or company secretary.

Take this Qualification

If you are interested in taking this qualification and would like to find your nearest IQ centre, please give us a call on 01952 457 452 and a member of our team will be happy to help.


To achieve the IQ IAM Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Business Administration (QCF) learners have to achieve 34 credits from the five mandatory units.

IQ IAM Level 4 Certificate in Principles of Business Administration (QCF)


All assessment criterion in each unit must be met to achieve this qualification.  

This qualification is graded Pass, Merit and Distinction.   

Evidence for this qualification must be the learners own work and learners must submit a signed statement confirming this.

This qualification will be assessed through:

1.Externally set assignment which is marked by the centre but moderated and quality assured by IQ for

  • Unit 1 - Principles of Managing People in a Business Environment and
  • Unit 3 - Culture, Ethics and Sustainability in a Business Organisation.

2. Portfolio internally set, marked and quality assured by IQ for the remaining 3 units.

  • Unit 2 - Principles of Supporting Business Activities;
  • Unit 4 - Principles of Business Facilities Management and
  • Unit 5 - Principles of Business Administration Systems. 



Units 2, 4 and 5 assessment is by portfolio.  Holistic assessment, when appropriate is encouraged; evidence for each assessment criteria must be clearly mapped.

All assessment criteria in these units must be assessed using methods appropriate to the assessment of knowledge and understanding. These can be assessed by a variety of methods including:

  • Question and answer test
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Question and answer verbal (ensure records are kept)
  • Essay
  • Other 

An achievement record for these units is available from the website/ on request.


Assignments are available for centres to book via IQR Registration System, which is provided upon centre approval to offer the qualification. Assignment briefs, mark schemes and marking forms, which include marking guidance, are sent to centres upon assessment booking confirmation. Please see the IQR Guide for further information.

Once the candidate has completed an assignment this must be marked by the centre using the mark scheme, marking form and guidance provided and then submitted to IQ for moderation before the end of the moderation series. The moderation timetable is available from the IQ website.


The system is used to ensure that standards can be maintained within units across different assessments. Unit raw scores for unit 1 and 3 are converted to UMS scores and aggregated for the total qualification UMS. The qualification has a maximum of 200 UMS marks, 120 are required for a Pass, 140 for a Merit and 160 for a Distinction.

Word Count

In each assignment brief the word count is clearly indicated; in the absence of a word count, none applies. For example, those tasks featuring a series of brief questions often do not specify a word count. On the other hand, for example where a writing sample is required, a word limit will be formally stipulated. 

The word count does not include referencing, repeating the question/s or the learning outcomes and or assessment criteria. It only applies to the actual answer submitted by the candidate.

Learner Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification however, learners must able to work at this level and have sufficient command of English Language. It is the centres responsibility to assess candidates at enrolment to ensure that this level of qualification is appropriate for them; ensuring that learners can work, have sufficient maturity, and also that they have sufficient capabilities in the English language at this level. Centres must keep a record of the initial assessment for quality assurance purposes. It is recommended that candidates should have a level 3 qualification or equivalent work experience in the business administration area. 

Tutor Requirements

All trainers delivering this qualification must have

  • Appropriate teaching qualification e.g. Level 3 Award in Education and Training
  • Sector competency and have suitable qualifications in Business and Administration at level 5 or above
  • Relevant CPD 

Centre Requirements

Centres must be approved by IQ in order to offer this qualification



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