Level 3 Personal Assistant (P.A) Skills Diploma

Introduction

This diploma is designed to assist those interested in developing their skills in an office environment. Whether this environment is part of a large office in a major corporation or as an office in your spare bedroom. This course will help you improve your PA skills. The aim of this online personal assistant course is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop their PA Skills, and its associated principles and practices. The course is also designed for those who work in either a small business or larger corporation who would like to develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject and their role within the organisation.

Learners will study many different aspects of the role of a PA; from looking specifically at communication and relationships skills, to the impact of technology upon organisation, and management skills. Learners will also consider the role of Human Resources, the recruitment process and how to manage difficult professional behaviours.

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to evaluate and interpret case studies that will further your understanding of the models discussed in this diploma. There are a number of Independent Study activities in each unit; these are designed to further the students understanding of key points and Learning Outcomes.

The guidelines and protocols mentioned in this course are UK based.

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Level 3 Personal Assistant (P.A) Skills Diploma Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above before entering our Level 3 Personal Assistant (P.A) Skills Diploma.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment

Optional coursework and final examination.

Enrolment

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.

Level 3 Personal Assistant (P.A) Skills Diploma Course Length

1 Year.

Awarding Body

ABC Awards

Level 3 Personal Assistant (P.A) Skills Diploma  Course Content

  • Module 1: The Role of a PA,
  • Module 2: Communication,
  • Module 3: Information, Communication and Technology,
  • Module 4: Presentations and Social Media,
  • Module 5: Organisation and Management,
  • Module 6: Meeting and Event Planning,
  • Module 7: Meetings and Minute Taking,
  • Module 8: Recruitment Process,
  • Module 9: Human Resources and Relationships,
  • Module 10: Managing Professional Conflict.

Level 3 Personal Assistant (P.A) Skills Diploma Module 1: The Role of a PA

In this first module of the diploma you will explore the role of a PA in both small companies and large corporations. The module focuses on the various roles and duties that a PA will be expected to carry out and also how to develop PA skills through goal setting and building self-confidence. This module also explores the importance of professional networking and includes an overview of health and safety considerations and protocols in the professional environment.

Level 3 Personal Assistant (P.A) Skills Diploma Module 2: Communication

This second module will help you to understand the importance of effective communication within the professional environment. The module also explores how to manage a breakdown of communication within a working team and how to manage sensitive information.

This module discusses verbal and non-verbal techniques, including;

  • Body Language,
  • Mirroring,
  • Eye contact,
  • Posture,
  • Listening skills,
  • Telephone skills.

Level 3 Personal Assistant (P.A) Skills Diploma Module 3: Information, Communication and Technology

This module will help you to explore how to use technology to create business documents such as letters, emails and spreadsheets. The unit includes discussion of;

  • Word processing software,
  • Formatting,
  • Graphics,
  • Spreadsheet construction,
  • Presentation software,
  • Creating databases.

Throughout this module there are study activities which will help you to practice the skills and processes outlined in the module and these exercises will form part of the end of unit assessment. The knowledge and skills learners learn in this unit will be drawn on in future study units.

Level 3 Personal Assistant (P.A) Skills Diploma Module 4: Presentations and Social Media

In the fourth module we will explore the role of a PA. In the role of PA you will be expected to compile and research presentations, and you will also be expected to present them on. Therefore, in this module you will explore how to prepare for a presentation; methods of research that you might want to use and how to conduct yourself during a presentation. This module also looks at the influence of social networking and social media in the role of a PA and discusses sites such as;

  • Twitter,
  • Facebook,
  • LinkedIn.

Level 3 Personal Assistant (P.A) Skills Diploma Module 5: Organisation and Management

In the fifth Module we explore an important area of the PA role. Stress is a serious condition that can affect employees at all levels, this module explores techniques that a PA can use to reduce and control stress risks through the management and organisation of workloads. This module also explores the following areas;

  • Time management,
  • How to prioritise work,
  • Managing stress,
  • Developing organisational skills.

Level 3 Personal Assistant (P.A) Skills Diploma Module 6: Meeting and Event Planning

Organising meetings, or event planning, can be a daunting task. In this module of the diploma we explore how to prepare for meetings and also how to plan and arrange events. The module also includes discussion of how to run a successful meeting, event, and also how to evaluate functions. This unit discusses the following areas;

  • Location,
  • Agenda setting,
  • Attendees,
  • Supporting documentation required,
  • Budget.

Level 3 Personal Assistant (P.A) Skills Diploma Module 7: Meetings and Minute Taking

This seventh module of the diploma explores another key area of the PA role. The benefits of minute taking at meetings and explores effective techniques for this process. The module discusses different methods of recording meetings, technological aids, and what to do with the meeting minutes once the meeting has ended.

Level 3 Personal Assistant (P.A) Skills Diploma Module 8: Recruitment Process

As part of the role of a PA you may be required to participate in the recruitment of new support staff. The eighth module of the diploma therefore explores the recruitment process and interview techniques such as the STAR (Situation, Task, Action and Result) technique. In this module you will also learn how design a job advertisement, how to evaluate applicants and CV’s and also techniques you can use to arrange assessment days for potential employees. In addition, you will also learn how to keep records of interviews and how to interpret the results to ensure that the right person is hired for the job.

Level 3 Personal Assistant (P.A) Skills Diploma Module 9: Human Resources and Relationships

This penultimate module explores the role of the Human Resources Department and how it is linked to the role of a PA. The module also includes discussion of the following areas;

  • Handling sensitive information
  • Confidentiality
  • Employees rights

The module also explores how to manage relationships in the professional environment whilst respecting established office politics and practices. You will also have the opportunity to evaluate and interpret case studies and decide upon any action and their results in this part of the course.

Level 3 Personal Assistant (P.A) Skills Diploma Module 10: Managing Professional Conflict

This final module of the course explores the potential for professional conflicts when dealing with both clients and fellow employees. The module explores different management and problem solving techniques that can be used when dealing with conflict in its verbal and non-verbal forms. You will also have the opportunity to read and evaluate case studies of conflict and difficult behaviours and to develop your own solutions in this part of the course.

Progression

This Level 3 Personal Assistant (P.A) Skills Diploma can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Personal assistant course
    I acquired the knowledge i needed and has been helpful to me as i had the opportunity to put in practice what i was learning at work. Learning and working as an administrative assistant in a Pharmaceutical International Company made me understand deeply what is all about the course and as well my work.
    I identified from my work what i was doing right/wrong and therefore now i can correct those Areas after learning.
    I liked it because now i can present my CV with full confidence!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    I personally liked the course, the content of the reading materials and the language used. i found the information useful and it was pleasent to go through the reading materials. Personally I wanted to pass the course faster and because of that didn’t write most of the SAP’s but probably is a good idea to be compulsory. I think that they are very useful and make the student to do a lot of research while learning many new and additional things.
    I am very happy with the fast and efficient responces from the academic department or my tutor’s feedback on the SAP’s.
    The one thing that I am a bit disappointed with is the exam- I found it far too easy, wasn’t a real challenge what I really expected and hoped it to be. I would’ve been happier with a bit more tricky questions or at lest more than one correct answers that would’ve been more challenging.
    Thank you very much and would say great job to your team

  3. 4 out of 5

    I really enjoyed the Diploma Level 3 in PA Skills course. It was easy to read and also gives you the opportunity to explore more about the matter by giving you independent activities and further reading.

    The only thing I’ve found a bit annoying is that you are not able to print out the content. Also, every time you close it or click on a link, it comes back to the first page.
    But appart of that, all good 🙂

  4. 4 out of 5

    I think this course has taught me a lot about becoming a PA and the responsibilities it will deliver. I would recommend this course for anyone who aspires to go into this profession very informative and you are guided and encouraged throughout.