ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Business and Management

IntroductionEntry CriteriaQualification Content

Please note: The ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Business and Management (QN: 603/3339/X) (120 credits) is being withdrawn for registrations from Friday 29th December 2023 and there will be no certifications for this qualification after 30th April 2026.

New Level 4 Business and Management

The ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Business and Management is a 120 credit Ofqual Regulated Qualification equivalent to the first year of a bachelor’s degree.

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 via distance learning or blended, part-time or full-time.

Qualification Specification
To view the specification, please click here.

Typical Age

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 NameUnit AimsCreditsMandatory
The Business EnvironmentThis unit will develop learners’ understanding of the national and global business environment and the internal and external circumstances in which different organisations operate.15Yes
People in OrganisationsThis 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.15Yes
Communication Skills for BusinessThis 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.15Yes
Financial and Management Accounting Techniques for ManagersTo 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.15Yes
Resource ManagementThe 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.15Opt
The Marketing MixTo develop a comprehensive understanding of the marketing mix and the roles of the seven aspects of the marketing mix to businesses.15Opt
Corporate Social ResponsibilityTo 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.15Opt
Managing a Work Based Team ProjectThis unit aims to develop project management skills for a work-based team project by implementing the different stages of project development, implementation and review.15Opt
EntrepreneurshipTo 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.15Opt
Customer Relationship ManagementLearners 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.15Opt
Administrative ServicesLearners will be able to develop knowledge and understanding of the range of administrative services that might be offered to managers or departments within organisations.15Opt
Managing Information and KnowledgeTo 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.15Opt
Managing OperationsLearners will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the role and importance of operations management in organisations.15Opt
Managing QualityLearners will gain an understanding of the concepts of quality, quality control, quality assurance and quality management.15Opt
Digital CommunicationsThis unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of digital communications technology.15Opt