Level 3 Diploma in Business and Management

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Level 3 Diploma in Business and Management

Level 3 Diploma in Business and Management


The ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business and Management is a 120 credit Ofqual Regulated Qualification equivalent to two A Levels or Access to HE qualification.
This qualification has been designed for learners who wish to progress to a business or management degree and may not have the traditional entry qualifications usually required.

Typical Age

This qualification is designed for learners who are typically aged 16 and above.


For learners who have recently been in education or training the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

  • 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above or Grade 4 and above
  • other related level 2 subjects
  • other equivalent international qualifications


For those whom English is not their first language we recommend the following standards of proficiency in English language skills or an approved equivalent for this qualification:

  • IELTs 5.5
  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) 162 or above
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 42-49

Learners must complete all 6 mandatory units.

Unit NameUnit AimsCreditsMandatory

Managing Business Operations
This unit aims to introduce learners to key aspects of all businesses and how they operate within the wider business environment, as well as internally. Learners will explore the important business areas of finance, customer service, planning, decision making and operational control.20Yes
Maximising Resources to Achieve Business SuccessEffective use of resources can be business critical. This unit aims to ensure learners understand the range of resources businesses need, why this must be monitored and how this can be achieved through technology and other project management tools.20Yes
The Business EnvironmentAll businesses operate within a wider business environment –of which they must be constantly aware. This unit aims to introduce learners to all aspects of that external environment and how an organisation may choose to ‘position itself’ through marketing or its ethical image. The unit also considers the impact of culture on organisations.20Yes
Managing People in OrganisationsPeople are often considered to be the most important resource in any organisation. This unit aims to give learners the knowledge and understanding about recruitment, performance management and development.20Yes
Working in Teamsintroduces the learner to the skills of teamwork. Learners will explore the features of an effective team, motivation and leadership and the importance of delegating, influencing and developing excellent interpersonal skills.20Yes
Effective Business CommunicationGood communication skills are critical to all those working in business. This unit explores the written and oral skills that are needed in a variety of business contexts.20Yes

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