ATHE Level 3 Diploma in English and Communications for Business

IntroductionEntry CriteriaQualification Content

The ATHE Level 3 Diploma in English and Communications for Business is a 60-credit Ofqual regulated qualification and is the equivalent level 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.

The qualification aims to provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding of a range of topics within the English and Communications for Business environment. These topics will allow learners to develop practical and theoretical approaches to solving problems and finding solutions using English and Communications for Business.

This qualification sits within a suite of ATHE L3 qualifications, which is called the International Access Programme (IAP). Each qualification has a credit value of 60. Learners may choose to study one or more of the qualifications in this suite.

Graded with Pass, Merit and Distinction.
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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.

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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
Business CommunicationsThis introductory unit aims to ensure learners understand the range of business communications which occur and their importance for business success5Yes
Mobile and Digital Business CommunicationsThis unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of professional communication in today’s increasingly global, digital, social mobile world and the impact of new digital technologies on business communication.10Yes
Verbal and Non-Verbal Business CommunicationsThis unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the conventional verbal and non-verbal professional communications used in businesses.15Yes
Business English: Reading and WritingThis unit aims to develop the learner’s competencies when using Business English for reading and writing purposes.15Yes
Business English: Speaking and ListeningThis unit aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in the use of Business English for speaking and listening purposes.15Yes