I chose OMBS because I wanted a more rounded education after school than university could provide.

Prepare for a great career in any business

From September 2019 the Executive PA Diploma will be renamed the Professional Business Diploma to better reflect the opportunities and career paths of our graduates. Not all our students continue on to become an Executive PA. Many choose this course to provide a fast track into an exciting career within any role; personal assistant to a top executive; team assistant in a large, busy office; business assistant in an exciting start up company; or in a key support position.

The diploma equips students with excellent advanced Business Skills making this course a passport to a job within just 3 terms rather than 3 years at university. 

A week long work experience is another key part of this course which takes place during the third term.  Work experience can be organised in London or Oxford or the student may wish to organise this themselves nearer to home. Many of our students secure job offers from this week.

Course Content

Information Technology: We are aware that all our students can use a computer before they join OMBS, but they need a far more advanced level for the business world.  We make sure they leave us with Advanced Microsoft Office skills in all packages (Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint) and with an excellent keyboarding speed – our current record is 120 wpm. Training is given on PCs providing experience of networked computer environments.  Students learn how to produce business documentation such as reports, presentations, and spreadsheets as well as develop and handle databases effectively and electronic diaries and events management. The inclusion of fast notetaking on the course is considered to be very valuable and makes our students stand out and be seen when it comes to job applications.

Business Communications: Written, verbal and non-verbal communications including presentation skills, business correspondence, press releases, reports and meeting documentation.

E-Marketing: With the opportunities that the internet affords, companies are now having to re-think their marketing strategy.  A detailed look at new marketing tactics including viral and video marketing, blogging, social media, search engine optimisation and web analytics.

Business Environment: This module provides the student with the knowledge of the business world and the office skills necessary for effective business and personal administration.  The students are required to complete a FTSE 100 share project as well as to understand the external business environment and organisation in addition to the focus on internal office management.

Management Information Systems: This subject studies the opportunities and strategic advantages that an enlightened business will gain from using its technology correctly.

Fast note taking: A vital skill for taking minutes of meetings and a huge asset in all aspects of the working office.  A key skill for any top Personal or Business Assistant's career.  Transcription and Audio Transcription is also a key part of this module.

Personal and Career Placement Support: All students follow a personal job search programme which includes learning styles, team building, Myers Briggs personality profiling, CV analysis, interview technique and help with the job application process.  Students are introduced to recruitment agencies and companies as a means of securing employment.  Please click here to learn more about our Career Prospects and to take a look at our Testimonials page click here.

Entry Requirements

A-Levels or equivalent – please click here for more details.


OMBS Professional Business Diploma with Distinction Honours, Distinction, Merit or Pass. (This course was formerly called the Executive PA Diploma).