ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business (60 Credits)

IntroductionEntry CriteriaQualification Content

The ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business is a 60 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.

Delivery Mode
This qualification can be delivered either in the classroom, via distance learning or blended.

Qualification Specification
To view the specification, please click here.

This qualification is eligible for UCAS points. To find out how much points your qualification is worth, please visit the UCAS Tariff Calculator here.

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 5 mandatory units

Unit NameUnit AimsCreditsMandatory
Unit 1 Business EnvironmentIn 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
organisations function.
Unit 2 How Businesses and Organisations WorkThis 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 CommunicationTo develop knowledge, skills and understanding of communication
theory and the importance of effective communication in business.
Unit 4 Working in TeamsLearners will gain knowledge and understanding of teams and team
roles. There is also an opportunity for learners to develop their own
employability skills.
Unit 5 Market ResearchLearners 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.20Yes