I chose this course because it was recommended by a friend, it has definitely prepared me for the future and for the work place.
Doone, 3 term PA Diploma, June 2016 Leaver

Train to be a top Executive PA with OMBS

A Personal Assistant to a top executive is a key part of an organisation’s management team, highly paid and at the heart of a creative modern corporate environment.  This course is renowned as the ultimate PA training, offering a unique step into an exciting career.

The PA course offers a complete training in the role of the Personal Assistant and the use of the latest Microsoft Office packages.  The syllabus also offers Shorthand and covers Management support, giving students the confidence to work at a senior level. 

The PA course is 9 months in duration starting in September.  The course equips students with excellent IT and Business Skills making this course a passport to a job within just 3 terms rather than 3 years with a degree.  The inclusion of Shorthand on the course makes our students stand out and be seen when it comes to job applications.

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 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 manage electronic diaries.

Shorthand (Teeline): 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 PA’s career.  Shorthand Transcription and Audio Transcription is also a key part of this module.

Business Communications: This covers 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 utilising its technology correctly.

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 Executive PA Diploma with Distinction Honours, Distinction, Merit or Pass.