ATHE Level 6 Diploma in Management (Managing People)(2023)

IntroductionEntry CriteriaQualification Content

The Level 6 Diploma in Management (60 credits) offers learners a short but flexible entry point to Level 6 management learning. Choosing from a core set of units (a minimum of 2 units from 4) and then identifying optional unit choice from a set of management pathways (at least 2 units from either Finance, Managing People, Operations Management, Sales and Marketing) enables learners to optimise their
qualification content to best serve their interests.

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 in the classroom, via distance learning or blended.

Qualification Specification
To view the specification, please click here.

Typical Age

This qualification is designed for learners who are typically aged 19 and above.


For learners who have recently been in education or training the entry profile is likely to include:

• one or two years’ study of Business, Management or related qualifications at a Higher Education Institution or a college or university offering higher education qualifications
• a level 5 qualification in Business, Management or related subjects for example an ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in 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 taking the Managing People Pathway take two of the four core units and two optional (opt) units from the Managing People Pathway.

Unit NameUnit AimsCreditsMandatory
Leadership and ManagementThe aim of this unit is to enable the learner to understand the role of leadership and management in organisations; and the use of leadership and management skills to improve organisational performance.15Yes
Research ProjectThe aim of this unit is to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to produce a research question and carry out independent research using appropriate research techniques. The learner will analyse and present their research findings, evaluate the research methodology and their personal learning.15Yes
Managing Quality and Service DeliveryTo enable learners to develop the knowledge and understanding required to manage and deliver excellent customer service.15Yes
Personal Leadership and Management DevelopmentThis unit aims to help learners develop their own personal leadership and management skills to support the achievement of organisational objectives and personal progression.15Yes
Managing ChangeThe aim of this unit is to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to manage change within an organisation. Learners will develop an understanding of the need for managing change and the different models that can be used to support this process.15Opt
Project ManagementThe aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the process of identifying appropriate and feasible projects. Learner will also understand how the projects can be planned and monitored in order to achieve business objectives.15Opt
Human Resource ManagementThe aim of this unit is to develop knowledge understanding and skills in human resource management and consider contemporary issues that affect human resource management within organisations.15Opt