ATHE Level 6 Diploma in Management (Operations Management)

IntroductionEntry CriteriaQualification Content

Please note: The ATHE Level 6 Diploma in Management (QN: 603/0627/0) (60 credits) is being withdrawn for registrations from Friday 29th December 2023 and there will be no certifications for this qualification after 30th April 2025.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 6 Business and Management

This qualification covers key areas of management such as Leadership and Research with a wide range of optional units in areas such as Finance, HR, Marketing and Personal Development. It also provides entry to an MBA at a range of universities in the UK and overseas. The qualification typically takes 9 months full-time study to achieve and prepares learners for a range of careers.

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 Operations Management Pathway take two of the four mandatory units and then two of the five optional (opt) units from the Operations Management 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
Management Information SystemsTo enable learners to examine the use of information systems within organisations. The learners will develop knowledge and understanding of the contribution information systems make to the development and management of organisations.10Opt
Logistics and Supply Chain ManagementThis unit will allow learners to gain knowledge and understanding of why supply chains are important to business organisations. The unit will allow learners to gain an understanding of how to resolve strategic supply chain management issues and to consider the impact of technology on supply chains.10Opt
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.10Opt
Risk ManagementThe aim of this unit is to help learners develop knowledge and understanding of the importance of managing risks in business organisations and enable them to develop an effective risk management plan.10Opt
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