Diploma in Business

Diploma in Business (Level 3)

The ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business is a 60 credit Ofqual regulated qualification and is the equivalent level to an A-Level or Access to HE qualification. It has been designed for learners who wish to progress to a business or management degree but may not have the traditional entry qualifications usually required. The course allows learners to specialise in different areas whilst using the mandatory units to develop core knowledge required.

Progression Routes

Students who complete this qualification can progress to study a variety of bachelor’s degrees at a university such as one of our partner universities. For information on ATHE university top-ups please see www.athe.co.uk/progression

Entry Criteria

Age: 18 +
Entry profile:

  • 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above or Grade 4 and above
  • other related level 2 subjects
  • other equivalent international qualifications

At a glance:

  • Graded with Pass, Merit and Distinction
  • 600 learning hours, usually studied over 6 months 
  • Designed with support from universities

The qualification provides learners with an introduction to the business environment as well as key academic, research and communication skills to support learners in their development.

Students must complete 4 mandatory units worth 60 credits to achieve the ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business.

How Businesses Operate
The key features of an organisation and their importance are explored, including finance, leadership, HR, marketing, managing data and customer service.

Marketing Principles and Techniques
An introduction to marketing is provided, followed by a look at research, analysis and promotional techniques.

Academic and Research Skills for Business
This unit is for understanding ones own academic strengths and weaknesses and developing research papers using a variety of skills.

Communication Skills for Business
A look at how communication is used in business and how ones own communication skills can be developed to effectively present information and ideas.

The Total Qualification Time is 600 hours

The Total Guided Learning Hours (GLH) is 360 hours

The Total Credit value is 60

How Businesses Operate31590
Marketing Principles and Techniques31590
Academic and Research Skills for Business31590
Communication Skills for Business31590

Course Dates

  • September 2022 – February 2023 (online)
  • April 2023 – August 2023 (online)
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*We do not accept students under the age of 18 on any of our courses.