ATHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business and Management
The ATHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business and Management is a 180 credit Ofqual Regulated Qualification equivalent to an A Level or Access to HE qualification.
It 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.
This is a core qualification available to existing and interested centres of ATHE.
Graded with Pass, Merit and Distinction.
Advanced learner loans available in the UK – to check if funding is available see the latest Qualification Catalogue here.
For the progression routes visit our progression routes page.
This qualification can be delivered either in the classroom, via distance learning or blended.
To view the specification, please click here.
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 mandatory units.
|Unit Name||Unit Aims||Credits||Mandatory|
|Unit 1 Business Environment||In this unit learners will gain knowledge and understanding of the|
environment in which organisations operate. This will support
understanding of the different and often complex contexts in which
|Unit 2 How Businesses and Organisations Work||This unit will provide an overview of key aspects of business. Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of business objectives and|
structure, customer service, and resource requirements.
|Unit 3 Business Communication||To develop knowledge, skills and understanding of communication|
theory and the importance of effective communication in business.
|Unit 4 Working in Teams||Learners will gain knowledge and understanding of teams and team|
roles. There is also an opportunity for learners to develop their own
|Unit 5 Market Research||Learners will apply the principles to complete a market research project. They will also develop their research skills by applying these to the completion of the chosen market research project.||20||Yes|
|Unit 6 Introduction to Financial Controls in|
|Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of budgets,|
budgetary control, costings, cash flow, and basic ratio analysis. They
will have the opportunity to construct simple budgets and cashflows.
|Unit 7 Leading and Managing People||Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of the concepts,|
principles and skills needed to lead and manage people.
|Unit 8 Principles of Marketing and Sales||Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of|
marketing and sales. Learners will also begin to gain the skills required
to undertake marketing activities. Learners will have the opportunity to
apply the principles and use the skills to complete a marketing mix plan.
|Unit 9 Human Resources||Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of the HR|
function including recruitment, selection, retention, monitoring and
development of employees.
|Unit 10 Organisational Strategy||Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of strategic|
issues in business such as vision, mission and growth. Learners will
also be introduced to organisational growth, organisational culture,
how information is used and how change is managed.
|Unit 11 Online Marketing||Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of the principles|
and practices of online marketing. They will have the opportunity to
create content for a social media platform.
|Unit 12 International Business||Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of how businesses|
trade internationally, the benefits and costs to a business of trading
internationally and the barriers to trading internationally.
|Unit 13 Project Management||Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of project|
management. They will develop project management skills through
the planning of a business-related project.