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IQ Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Business and Administration (QCF)


Qualification Number 600/6543/6
Title IQ Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Business and Administration (QCF)
Category National
Sector General Skills | Business & Administration
Operational Start Date 16/10/2012
Operational End Date 31/08/2014
Total Units 11 Min Credit 13
Min Guided Learning Hours 104 Max Guided Learning Hours 144
Min Age From 14 Min Age To 100

Registration Fee : £35.00

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

About this Qualification

Important Update: This qualification was withdrawn on the 31/08/2014 and replaced with the new combined qualification IQ IAM Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration (QCF) from 01/09/2014.

  • the last date for registrations was the 31/08/2014
  • the last date for certifications will be 31/08/2016
  • if your centre was only approved to offer this qualification and not the NVQ, you will have to apply to be approved to offer the new combined qualification


Detail of the new qualification can be found here.

The IQ Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Business and Administration (QCF) is a qualification aimed at individuals who intend to develop and gain formal recognition of their knowledge and understanding of the business and administration environment. The qualification is generic, so it is suitable for individuals working or intending to work in a variety of business administrative roles. In the mandatory units, all learners will cover the essentials of personal responsibilities, providing administrative services, managing information and producing documents.

There are a range of optional units allowing learners scope to choose those areas most relevant to them, including supporting innovation and change, business events, stationery stock, the public sector, project management and budgets. Objectives of the qualification include preparing learners to progress to a qualification in the same subject area but at a higher level or requiring more specific knowledge, skills and understanding, meeting relevant programmes of learning, preparing learners for employment and supporting a role in the workplace.

This qualification is the knowledge component of the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Business & Administration.



Learners who achieve this qualification can progress to the Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Business and Administration, which forms the competence component of the apprenticeship. They can also progress to a variety of qualifications in other areas or at higher levels including:

Level 3 Certificate in Principles of Business and Administration (QCF)

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Business and Administration (QCF)

IQ Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Contact Centre Operations (QCF)

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 Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Business and Administration learners must complete a minimum of 13 credits, 11 credits from the Mandatory Group and a minimum of 2 credits from the Optional Group.

Barred Units

A number of optional units within this qualification are barred. Barred units exist to allow learners greater choice in how to meet the required number of credits to achieve a qualification. However, because barred units feature a significant overlap of content, learners are not allowed to take two units which are barred together. The following table displays all of the optional barred units that can be taken with this qualification; only one unit from each pair can count towards the learner’s achieved credits.

Target Unit

Barred against

Principles of working in the Public Sector (K/602/1535)

Principles of working in the Public Sector (M/602/1536)

Principles of supporting change in a business environment (L/601/7641)

Principles of contributing to innovation and change (J/601/7654)

IQ Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Business and Administration (QCF)
Mandatory GroupMinimum Units:3
 Minimum Credits:11
 J/601/7640Principles of managing information and producing documents2324
 L/601/7638Principles of personal responsibilities and working in a business environment2432
 R/601/7639Principles of providing administrative services2432
General Unit GroupMinimum Units:0
 Minimum Credits:0
 F/601/7653Principles of budgets in a business environment3216
 Y/601/7643Principles of maintaining stationery stock218
 A/601/7652Principles of project management3216
 R/601/7642Principles of supporting business events218
Barred Unit Group 1Minimum Units:0
 Minimum Credits:0
 J/601/7654Principles of contributing to innovation and change3216
 L/601/7641Principles of supporting change in a business environment218
Barred Unit Group 2Minimum Units:0
 Minimum Credits:0
 K/602/1535Principles of working in the Public Sector2540
 M/602/1536Principles of working in the Public Sector3756


All units in this qualification are assessed by portfolio (internally set and marked and quality assured by IQ). An Achievement Record for this qualification which includes the forms necessary to map and claim knowledge and competence is available to download from the IQ website/ on request. All assessment criteria of the selected units must be met and mapped and the location of the evidence must be indicated in the achievement record.

This qualification is not graded, successful learners achieve a pass.

Learner Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, learners should be able to work at level 1 or above and be proficient in the use of English Language.

Tutor Requirements

All trainers delivering this qualification must be sector competent and possess relevant knowledge up to at least the level of this qualification.

Centre Requirements

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



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