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Professional Executive PA Diploma with AAT Level 2 Qualification

The Professional Executive PA Diploma with AAT Level 2 Qualification training course is available at the Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness Pitman Training Centres or via Online Distance Learning through our Pitman Campus.

With the Professional Executive PA Diploma you will learn how to stay one step ahead, anticipating needs and meeting the demands of this challenging, yet rewarding role. You will learn advanced touch typing, Microsoft Office to an expert level, web design, book-keeping, accounts (including Sage 50 Accounts) and payroll. You will also undertake a series of self-development programs. In addition, you can also choose from a range of elective subjects to complement your core skills in the fields of Marketing, HR, PR and Law to name just a few.

Course Duration: 530 hours without shorthand, 570 hours with shorthand

CPD Points: 530 without shorthand, 570 with shorthand


Typing Skills –Learn how to touch type accurately, using the correct keyboard technique

Typing Speed Development – Develop your typing speed to improve productivity using graded copying exercises and time dictations. A number of stages are available of up to 70 wpm

Effective Business Communication – Learn to communicate effectively in business – via letter, email, telephone and personal presentations

Microsoft Word – Introductory and intermediate word processing skills to a good employable standard

Microsoft Word Expert – Learn advanced word processing skills including mail merge, graphs, macros, creating an index and table of contents

Microsoft Outlook – Learn how to share, manage and schedule information electronically

Audio Transcription – Learn to type from audio dictation using a variety of correspondence eg memos, reports and letters

or Marketing Essentials – To give an understanding of how marketing departments plan and execute marketing strategies

Microsoft Excel – Introductory and intermediate spreadsheet skills to a good employable standard

Microsoft Excel Expert – Learn advanced spreadsheet skills, covering areas such as importing and exporting data, creating and using templates, linking workbooks, data management, using analysis tools and pivot tables

Microsoft PowerPoint – Gain competency in creating slide presentations. Areas covered include formatting, inserting tables, pictures, sound, hyperlinks, applying transition and timing effects for a slide show

Event Management Essentials – Getting under the skin of events means they become easier to manage. Event organising is no walk in the park and there are many complexities that go into making an event a success.

Successful Meetings and Minutes – To teach you to understand the different types of meetings, how they run and how best to organise your role as minute taker.

Time Management  – Time management training increases your productivity and efficiency – and this is the perfect time management course for anyone who wants to get more done in less time. If you were designing perfect time management training courses, you’d end up with this one.

Different Leadership Attributes and Skills – This course will help you consider various aspects of leadership, including different leadership styles. It will also help you discover what kind of leader you might be. You will also look at what emotional intelligence is and how it can be of assistance to managers.

Managing Internal and External Workplace Communications

Social Media Strategy for Business

Social media is a crucial business tool, and powerful method of communication. This course will help you formulate the right strategy for your business to effectively market to your target audience.

Twitter for Business – This is a short online course that takes you through the basics of how to get started on this popular social media platform enabling you to use effectively for a number of different purposes.

Facebook for Business – Learn how to use facebook to help promote and market your company. Looking at how businesses can maximise their social media presence we look at the whole spectrum of opportunities that this social media platform offers a business.

LinkedIn for Business – This course is designed to bring you up to speed with using LinkedIn in a business environment. It guides you through how to get the most out of the platform, helping you to capitalise on the millions of contacts within arm’s reach.

Book-Keeping Transactions and Controls Part 1 – You will cover the double entry system, the basics of VAT, checking invoices for accuracy, day books, general ledger, purchase ledger and sales ledger, prompt payment discount, petty cash books, balancing ledger accounts and many other aspects of manual bookkeeping.

Book-Keeping Transactions and Controls Part 2 – This course will help you learn the processes and methods involved in intermediate manual bookkeeping. You will cover  cash and bank reconciliations, balancing ledger accounts, using the journal, credit control, bad debt, payroll, VAT schemes, error correction, control accounts and many other aspects of manual bookkeeping.

Elements of Costing

Working Effectively in Finance

Sage 50 Accounts – Convert your manual book-keeping skills to computerised accounts using the most popular software to see how you can be more productive and effective with your time.

Shorthand (optional) – Learn the complete theory of either shorthand system. This will enable you to take notes at speeds of up to 70 wpm

Choose Four Elective Courses

  • Dreamweaver or WordPress for Business
  • Payroll Principles
  • Sage Payroll
  • Get into PR
  • HR Essentials
  • Shorthand Speed Development or Shorthand Fast
  • Legal Secretary Introduction
  • Medical Secretary Terminology
  • Health and Safety Essentials
  • Executive PA seminar
  • SpeedWriting
  • Medical Terminology

If you have your sights set on becoming the right hand person to a senior director or boss of one of the UK’s top companies, the Professional Executive PA Diploma is the right choice of training for you. You will get all the essential skills required to be an indispensable PA or EA, delivering reports, figures, forecasts and reports to enable decision-making at the highest level, quickly and accurately. Quite simply this is the most comprehensive Executive PA training available.

By the end of your Diploma you will have developed skills such as advanced touch typing, web design, book-keeping, accounts (including Sage 50 Accounts) and payroll. You will have also studied Microsoft Office to an expert level. You will undertake a series of self-development programs. In addition, you can also choose from a range of elective subjects to complement your core skills in the fields of Marketing, HR, PR and Law to name just a few.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Flexible Workforce Development Fund (FWDF)

Claim up to £15,000 for Training your employees

This fund provides Levy Paying Companies an opportunity to up-skill or re-skill Employees and in turn, support economic growth.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • You must be a Levy Paying Employer
  • The Company must be based or operate in Scotland, wholly or partially
  • Employees must reside in Scotland


For more information on applying for this funding, contact our Course Advisors by clicking below:




A funded training opportunity is now available to those facing redundancy or those who have been made redundant from March 2020 onward.

The National Transition Training Fund aims to tackle the rise in unemployment caused by Covid-19 by offering short sharp training opportunities for people to learn in-demand skills.

If you are currently under threat of redundancy, or have been made redundant at any time from the 1st March 2020 and are aged 25 or over, you can access an industry recognised qualification to help you gain employment.

For further information on how to proceed then contact us referencing the course(s) you are interested in.

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