MCAST Advanced Diploma in Administrative and Secretarial Studies

MCAST Advanced Diploma in Administrative and Secretarial Studies

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MCAST Advanced Diploma in Administrative and Secretarial Studies
Course Code BC4-A6-15
MQF Level Level 4
Duration 2 years on Apprenticeship
Awarding Body MCAST
Entry Requirements MCAST Diploma in Business


4 SEC/O-Level passes/SSC&P (Level 3) passes

Compulsory: Maltese and English Language

Preferred: Mathematics


Entry Requirements (Medical Stream):

Students opting for the Medical Stream need to be in possession of a:

MCAST Diploma in Health and Social Care with at least 4 units at Grade B or better


4 SEC/O-Level/SSC&P (Level 3) passes

Compulsory: Maltese, English Language and one subject from Chemistry, Physics or Biology

Preferred: Mathematics

Other Entry Requirements
Course Description The  MCAST Advanced Diploma in Administrative and Secretarial Studies is a two-year programme designed to enable participants to understand the key areas of administration, administrative services, office equipment and supplies, routine procedures, standards and the work environment.  It is also designed to provide students  with the possibility of opting to delve deeper into one of a number of specific areas, namely Medical Secretaries and Legal Secretaries, as well as  an application of Italian and French within a business related usage.  The course aims to prepare students for secretarial jobs within Government Departments, Agencies, Local Councils, Parastatal Organisations and Private Industry, as well as for occupying an administrative role within the office or to work in project administration.
Study/Course Delivery Class based lessons
Assessment Take Home Assignments, Time Constrained Assignments and student presentations
Programme Learning Outcomes 1. Understand the key areas of administration and services and supplies

2. Use appropriate office equipment, routine procedures and standards

3. Take notes as well as transcribe business documents from a printed or handwritten copy to a suitable business standard

4. Communicate in different ways on the workplace.

Core Study Units
  • Business and Office Administration
  • Business Practice
  • Meeting Techniques
  • Personal Effectiveness within the Office Environment
  • English for Business
  • Malti ghan-Negozju
  • Advanced Administrative IT Applications (Wordprocessing and Database)
  • Advanced Administrative IT Applications (Spreadsheets and Presentations)
  • Book Keeping and Accounts
  • Work Based Learning in Administration
Specialist Units
  • Anatomy & Physiology for the Medical Secretary
  • An Introduction to the Legal Secretaries Environment
  • French for Business
  • Italian for Business
Supplementary Units
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After Completion Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Enterprise
Career Opportunities
  • Contact centre agent
  • Filing / archiving officer
  • Office administrator
  • Personal assistant
  • Secretary
  • Support and administrative services officer