ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Business and Management (2023)
The Level 4 Extended Diploma in Business and Management (120-credit) is designed to offer learners a broader and more comprehensive experience of business. For those learners interested in fully realising their own academic interest and potential for the subject, this qualification offers the opportunity to engage with a wide range of Level 4 business/management-related topics.
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 via distance learning or blended, part-time or full-time.
To view the specification, please click here.
This qualification is designed for learners who are typically aged 18 and above.
For learners who have recently been in education or training the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:
- a GCE Advanced level profile with achievement in 2 or more subjects supported by 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above
- other related level 3 subjects such as ATHE level 3 Diplomas
- an Access to Higher Education Certificate delivered by an approved further education institute and validated by an Access Validating Agency
- 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 4 mandatory units and 4 optional (opt) units.
|Unit Name||Unit Aims||Credits||Mandatory|
|The Business Environment||This unit will develop learners’ understanding of the national and global business environment and the internal and external circumstances in which different organisations operate.||15||Yes|
|People in Organisations||This unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of those aspects of organisations that concern and support people. This includes communication practices, teamwork, remote working and other organisational structures.||15||Yes|
|Communication Skills for Business||This unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the communication practices within organisations and learners are introduced to the different modes and channels of communication used in organisations.||15||Yes|
|Financial and Management Accounting Techniques for Managers||To develop a knowledge and understanding of fundamental financial and management accounting techniques that are used by managers in organisations and to develop skills enabling learners to apply these techniques.||15||Yes|
|Resource Management||The aim of this unit is to provide an overview of the human and physical resources needed in a range of organisations, including those in the primary, service and manufacturing sectors.||15||Opt|
|The Marketing Mix||To develop a comprehensive understanding of the marketing mix and the roles of the seven aspects of the marketing mix to businesses.||15||Opt|
|Corporate Social Responsibility||To develop an understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues and impacts of CSR policy. Learners will be able to use their knowledge and understanding to make recommendations for responsible business practice.||15||Opt|
|Managing a Work Based Team Project||This unit aims to develop project management skills for a work-based team project by implementing the different stages of project development, implementation and review.||15||Opt|
|Entrepreneurship||To provide the learner with an understanding of entrepreneurship in business, the skills and qualities needed by a successful entrepreneur and the roles an entrepreneur plays in starting and developing businesses.||15||Opt|
|Customer Relationship Management||Learners will be able to develop knowledge and understanding of the scope and importance of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and to explore how effective CRM is achieved.||15||Opt|
|Administrative Services||Learners will be able to develop knowledge and understanding of the range of administrative services that might be offered to managers or departments within organisations.||15||Opt|
|Managing Information and Knowledge||To provide the learner with an understanding of the importance of information and knowledge to organisations and the key concepts of managing information and knowledge in a business setting.||15||Opt|
|Managing Operations||Learners will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the role and importance of operations management in organisations.||15||Opt|
|Managing Quality||Learners will gain an understanding of the concepts of quality, quality control, quality assurance and quality management.||15||Opt|
|Digital Communications||This unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of digital communications technology.||15||Opt|