ATHE Level 5 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management

IntroductionEntry CriteriaQualification Content

Please note: The ATHE Level 5 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management 601/2375/8 is being withdrawn for registrations from 28 February 2023 and there will be no certifications for this qualification after 31 August 2024.

The ATHE Level 5 Diploma in Business and Administrative 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, or Fail.
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Delivery Mode
This qualification can be delivered either via distance learning or blended, part-time or full-time.

Qualification Specification
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Please note: The ATHE Level 5 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management 601/2375/8 is being withdrawn for registrations from 28 February 2023 and there will be no certifications for this qualification after 31 August 2024.

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:

  • prior study in business, management or related subjects at level 4 or above a level 4 qualification for example an ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Management or an ATHE Level 4 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management
  • 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

Please note: The ATHE Level 5 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management 601/2375/8 is being withdrawn for registrations from 28 February 2023 and there will be no certifications for this qualification after 31 August 2024.

Learners must complete all 9 mandatory units and 2 optional (opt) units.

Unit NameUnit AimsCreditsMandatory
Operations ManagementThis unit examines the strategic importance of operations management in its role of supporting activities in organisations. Learners will explore the contribution of the operations function to the success of organisations through the development of suitable strategies. This will include a consideration of setting and achieving operational performance targets and employing quality improvement techniques to help in delivering competitive advantage.15Yes
Information for Strategic Decision MakingThis unit examines how information supports strategic decision making in organisations. This involves making use of the appropriate management tools and models, including quantitative techniques Learners who aspire to positions where they will make strategic decisions based on information will develop knowledge and understanding necessary for such job roles.10Yes
Advanced Finance for Business ManagersThis unit explores the concepts of cash flow forecasting, marginal costing, capital investment appraisal and financial ratios. It investigates how business managers use financial information to plan, control and make effective decisions.10Yes
The Context of Corporate GovernanceThis unit examines the principles and practice of corporate governance. It investigates the role governance plays in ensuring that a company’s business operations are compliant with accepted governance principles and the relevant Codes of Practice. Learners who aspire to management positions in a corporate setting will develop the knowledge and understanding related to good governance.10Yes
Organisational Analysis and ChangeThis unit explores how organisation and management theories support the practical analysis and structure of organisations. The unit also investigates the strategic importance of organisational change. It examines the factors that promote and limit the achievement of change objectives for the dynamic environment within which organisations operate.15Yes
Human Resource ManagementThis unit examines the concept and practice of human resource management (HRM). It explores how the HRM function supports the achievement of an organisation’s objectives and strategies. The unit also aims to introduce learners to appropriate concepts and theories that encapsulate this important corporate function.10Yes
Knowledge Management StrategyThis unit explores the context and concept of knowledge management and its importance to organisations operating in the 21st century knowledge economy. It investigates if knowledge can be managed and how it can be used by business organisations to gain and sustain competitive advantage.5Yes
Leadership, Motivation and Group DynamicsThis unit examines the role of working groups and teams in organisations. It also investigates the role leadership plays in ensuring that the organisation is led, employees are engaged and motivated and groups and teams perform to their optimum capacity.10Yes
Business ResearchLearners are required to write a business project report. This report will pull together information from several functional areas, thus supporting learners in developing a holistic approach to business. Learners will become familiar with the theory that underpins research, with the elements of formal research and with research methods and techniques. This unit will support learners to complete research and report writing assignments in their present or future job roles.15Yes
Economics for BusinessThis unit provides an understanding of the relationship between economic principles and business operations in their domestic and international environment. As a starting point the unit examines the nature of economics as a discipline, its relationship to business and the market economy.15Opt
Organisational Facilities ManagementThis unit examines the scope and strategic importance of facilities management in organisations. It investigates how to provide the best services for the best value, while retaining the quality of service in organisations as required by their stakeholders.10Opt
Islamic FinanceThis unit examines the relationship between risk and liquidity management in Islamic financial institutions. It also investigates the issues faced by Islamic asset and fund management, the way Islamic insurance works and the government challenges of Islamic financial institutions.10Opt
Financial Systems and AuditingThis unit deals with the evaluation of the accounting systems of a business using both computerised and manual records. Learners will apply fundamental accounting concepts, analyse the management control systems of a business and evaluate their effectiveness, particularly in terms of controls and safeguards against error and fraud.15Opt
Small Business EnterpriseThe aim of this unit is to give learners the opportunity to focus on the processes involved, through change management, of reviewing and improving the performance of a small business enterprise. This unit is designed primarily for learners who are interested in small business enterprises and looks at the development and expansion of these businesses. The unit will be particularly appropriate for learners currently working in a small business enterprise.15Opt
European BusinessThis unit provides learners with an understanding of the importance of international trade and in particular UK trade with the European Union (EU).15Opt
Business EthicsThe aim of this unit is to introduce learners to the concept of business ethics and to examine its relevance when considering business objectives and responsibilities.15Opt