ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Business and Management (Gen Ed) (2023)

IntroductionEntry CriteriaQualification Content

Developed specifically for ultimate progression to the final year of a degree programme from an American university, learners must achieve a mandatory number of units that correspond with American university entry requirements. More details on this qualification outcome can be found below.

This is a core qualification available to existing and interested centres of ATHE.

Graded with Pass, Merit and Distinction.
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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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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 all 11 mandatory 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.15Yes
Marketing Principles and PracticeTo develop knowledge and understanding of general marketing principles and their application in business.15Yes
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.15Yes
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.15Yes
Life Sciences in BusinessThis unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of natural selection, disease prevention and genetically engineered organisms. These principles are the basis for organisations operating in the life sciences.15Yes
Logic and Critical Thinking/Design and Creative ThinkingThis unit provides learners with knowledge and understanding of different types of thinking and their impact on individuals and organisations. (logic and critical thinking, and how to apply them in a business environment. To provide learners with knowledge and understanding of design and creative thinking, and how to use them in a business environment).15Yes
Applied Economics for BusinessTo develop knowledge and understanding of elements of applied economics and the impact of the concepts on organisations.15Yes