ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Business and Management

IntroductionEntry CriteriaQualification Content

Please note: The ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Business and Management (QN: 610/2292/5) (120 credits) is being withdrawn for registrations from Friday 29th December 2023 and there will be no certifications for this qualification after 30th April 2025.

New Level 5 Business and Management

The ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Business and Management is a 120 credit Ofqual Regulated Qualification equivalent to the second 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:

  • 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 Business and 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

Learners must complete 4 mandatory units and 4 optional (opt) units.

Unit NameUnit AimsCreditsMandatory
Business Organisations in a Global ContextThis unit develops learners understanding of the issues organisations face operating within a global context. This understanding will allow learners to review the issues currently impacting on business organisations.15Yes
Research ProjectThe aim of this unit is to develop the skills required for the learner to formulate an appropriate research question and to design and undertake a research project to answer that research question. The learner will also need to interpret the outcomes of their research and present them to an audience.15Yes
People ManagementThis unit will enable learners to understand how to manage individuals and teams. They will study organisational factors and how these impact on and influence individual and team behaviour, as well as learning management tools and techniques to help them effectively manage individuals and teams.15Yes
Finance for ManagersThe unit aims to equip learners with the knowledge and understanding of the sources and use of finance in organisations and how to evaluate and interpret financial data.15Yes
Managing CommunicationThis unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of communication within and between organisations. Learners will also review their own communication skills in an organisational context.15Opt
Marketing Principles and PracticeTo develop knowledge and understanding of general marketing principles and their application in business.15Opt
Manage Sustainability in an OrganisationThis unit will enable learners to acquire the knowledge and understanding of sustainability, as it relates to organisations. This includes the legal and regulatory requirements and how to achieve relevant quality standards. The unit will also enable learners to develop skills required to audit sustainability.15Opt
Small Business Enterprise
To provide the learner with an understanding of the importance of small business enterprises in today’s business environment. Also, an understanding of the development, management and administration of small business enterprises.
Planning and New Business VentureThis unit will develop knowledge and understanding of new business ventures and skills associated with planning a venture. By studying this unit, learners will develop an understanding of business types and the factors that determine the success or otherwise of a new business venture. They will also learn how to determine the market potential of a new business and develop an associated business plan.15Opt
Business LawThis unit aims to enable learners to develop knowledge and understanding of some of the main aspects of business law which impact on organisations.15Opt
Operations ManagementThe aim of this unit is to develop learners’ understanding of the nature of the operations function and the role of those managing it. Learners will gain an understanding of the operations function in terms of its impact on business success, the tools and techniques that enable managers to achieve business success and the ethical consideration faced in terms of the supply chain.15Opt
Information for Strategic Decision MakingThis unit will provide the learner with an understanding of the role, value and sources of information needed in order to make strategic decisions. Learners will also gain an understanding of how this information is gathered and used.15Opt
Organisational Analysis and ChangeThe aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the range of performance measures needed to analyse and determine organisational performance, and the change processes that can then be used to improve organisational performance.15Opt
Financial Systems and AuditingLearners will develop an understanding of the management of financial accounting systems and the reporting processes required when conducting an audit.15Opt
Business EthicsThis unit will enable the learner to develop knowledge and understanding of business ethics and the effects ethics can have on organisations, including planning and the management of their goals and activities.15Opt