Business and Strategic Management Qualifications

These are our core management qualifications which include progression to University degrees. They also provide progression from levels 3 to 7 and were developed with input from colleges, higher education institutions and sector skills councils.

Including a range of optional units at every level these qualifications allow centres and learners to specialise in different areas whilst using the mandatory units to develop core knowledge required by all managers.

LEVEL 3 BUSINESS

ATHE have two Level 3 Diplomas in Business; The ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business which is a 60 credit qualification, and the ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business and Management which is a 120 credit qualification.

You can download the Level 3 Business Information Sheet here

Level 3 Diploma in Business

The ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business is a 60 credit 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.

Learners who complete this qualification can progress to study a variety of Bachelor's Degrees at a university such as our partner universities including The University of Northampton and The University of Bedfordshire. For more information, please visit our progression routes page.

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.

This qualification is eligible for Advanced Learner Loans through the Skills Funding Agency in the 2016-2017 session. Please see the SFA 2016 to 2017 simplified funding rates catalogue for more details.

Units within this qualification Learners must complete 4 mandatory units worth 60 credits to achieve the ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business.

Title
Level
Credit
GLH
Mondatory
How Businesses Operate
3
15
90
Marketing Principles and Techniques
3
15
90
Academic and Research Skills for Business
3
15
90
Communication Skills for Business
3
15
90

Qualification specifications

Level 3

Statement of Purpose

Level 3 Diploma in Business and Management

The Level 3 Diploma in Business and Management is a 120 credit qualification, and has been designed to support students' progress into Higher Education. This qualification enables learners to develop underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills in business including the skills of analysis and evaluation.

Units within this qualification
Learners must complete 6 mandatory units worth 120 credits to achieve the ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business.

Title
Level
Credit
GLH
Mondatory
Managing Business Operations
3
20
120
Maximising Resources to Achieve Business Success
3
20
120
The Business Environment
3
20
120
Managing People in Organisations
3
20
120
Working in Teams
3
20
120
Effective Business Communications
3
20
120

Qualification specifications

Level 3

Business and Administrative Management Qualifications

ATHE Business and Administrative Management Qualifications are designed to provide learners with enhanced job prospects in a range of industries. There is a core selection of generic management subjects such as Human Resources, Marketing, Finance and Strategy and a wide selection of optional specialisms such as Ethics, Islamic Finance and European Business.

Level 4 Extended Diploma in Management

The ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Management is a 120 credit size qualification and is the equivalent size and level to the 1st year of a Bachelor's degree. This qualification is designed to develop your understanding of management and to develop key management skills.

You can download the Level 4 Management Information Sheet here.

Who this qualification is for?

Learners who are seeking to progress to higher education to take a Bachelor's degree course in an area of management.

What does the qualification progress to?

Learners who complete this qualification can progress to the ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management which provides entry to the third year of a variety of Bachelor's Degree Top-Up Programmes at a university such as our partner universities including Anglia Ruskin University, London School of Business and Management, University of Bolton, Coventry University and Southampton Solent University.

For more information, please visit our progression routes page.

This qualification is eligible for Advanced Learner Loans through the Skills Funding Agency in the 2016-2017 session.

Please see the SFA 2016 to 2017 simplified funding rates catalogue for more details.

What does this qualification cover?

Learners will take 4 mandatory units worth 60 credits in total and a further 4 or 5 optional units totalling 120 credits. Please click below to view the units within this qualification.

Units within this qualification Learners must complete 4 mandatory units worth 60 credits to achieve the ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business.

Title
Level
Credit
GLH
Mondatory
Business Environment
4
15
90
Resource Management
4
15
90
Communication Skills
4
15
90
People in Organisations
4
15
90
Optional
Applying Promotional Techniques
4
15
60
Corporate Social Responsibility
4
15
60
Administrative Services
4
15
60
Planning a Work Based Team Project
4
15
60
Finance For Managers
4
15
60
Planning a New Business Venture
4
15
60
Customer Relationship Management
4
15
60
Study Skills
4
15
60
Employability Skills
4
15
60
Personal and Professional Development
5
15
60
Business Ethics
5
15
60
Business Law
5
15
60
Manage Sustainability in an Organisation
5
15
60

Qualification specifications

Level 3

Statement of Purpose

Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management

Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management is a 120 credit size qualification, and is the equivalent level to the 2nd year of a degree.

You can download the Level 5 Management Information Sheet here.

What does the qualification progress to?

Learners who complete this qualification can progress to the third year of a variety of Bachelor's Degree Top-Up Programmes at a higher education institution including those where we have progression agreements such as Southampton Solent University, University of Northampton, Anglia Ruskin University, Coventry University and London School of Business and Management.

For more information, please visit our progression routes page

This qualification is eligible for Advanced Learner Loans through the Skills Funding Agency in the 2016-2017 session.

Please see the SFA 2016 to 2017 simplified funding rates catalogue for more details.

What does this qualification cover?

Learners must complete 5 mandatory units worth 80 credits and a further 3 or 4 optional units totalling 120 credits to achieve this qualification. Please click below to view the units within this qualification.

Units within this qualification.

Title
Level
Credit
GLH
Mondatory
Managing Communication
5
15
60
Business Organisations in a Global Context
5
15
60
People Management
5
15
60
Finance for Managers
4
15
90
Research Project
5
20
80
Optional
Managing Stakeholder Engagement
6
10
40
Risk Management
6
10
40
Leading Organisational Equality and Diversity
6
10
40
Corporate Social Responsibility
4
15
60
Manage Sustainability in an Organisation
5
15
60
Resource Management
4
15
60
Administrative Services
4
15
60
Planning a Work Based Team Project
4
15
60
Marketing Principles and Practice
5
15
60
Planning a New Business Venture
4
15
60
Customer Relationship Management
4
15
60
Employability Skills
5
15
60
Business Ethics
5
15
60
Personal and Professional Development
5
15
60
Business Law
5
15
60

Qualification specifications

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Statement of Purpose

Level 6 Diploma in Management

Please note that these qualifications will only be available for registrations until 31st March 2017 and that 31 March 2019 will be the last date for certification.

The ATHE Level 6 Diploma in Management is a 120 credit size qualification and is the equivalent level to the 3rd year of a degree.

You can download the Level 4 Management Information Sheet here..

What does the qualification progress to?

Learners who complete this qualification can progress onto an MBA programme at a university such as our partner university University of Bolton, or onto the ATHE Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and further progress onto an MBA Top-Up Programmes at a university such as our partner universities including Cardiff Metropolitan University, University of Gloucestershire,

Northampton University, University of Bolton and University of Sunderland.

For more information, please visit our progression routes page

This qualification is eligible for Advanced Learner Loans through the Skills Funding Agency in the 2016-2017 session.

Please see the SFA 2016 to 2017 simplified funding rates catalogue

What does this qualification cover?

Learners must complete 6 mandatory units and a further 3 or 4 optional units to achieve this qualification. Please click below to view the units within this qualification.

Units within this qualification.

Title
Level
Credit
GLH
Mondatory
Leadership and Management
6
15
40
Research Project
6
10
40
Human Resource Management
6
15
60
Strategic Marketing
6
15
60
Personal Leadership and Management Development
6
10
40
Financial Decision Making for Managers
6
10
40
Optional
Project Management
6
15
60
Programme Leadership
7
10
40
Economics for Business
6
15
60
Risk Management
6
10
40
Corporate Communication Strategies
7
10
30
Sustainable Business Strategy
7
10
40
Strategic Planning
7
15
45
Managing Quality and Service Delivery
6
10
40
Leading Organisational Equality and Diversity
6
10
40
Managing Stakeholder Engagement
6
10
40

Qualification specifications

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Level 7

Statement of Purpose

Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management

Please note that these qualifications will only be available for registrations until 31st March 2017 and that 31 March 2019 will be the last date for certification.

You can download the Management Level 5 Information Sheet here

The ATHE Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management provides much of the underpinning knowledge and understanding for the National Occupational Standards in Management and Leadership and is also recognised by a variety of UK universities for progression to their MBA top-up.

For more information, please visit our progression routes page

Please see the SFA 2016 to 2017 simplified funding rates catalogue

Learners must complete 5 mandatory units worth 85 credits in total and a further 3 or 4 optional units totalling 120 credits to achieve the ATHE Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management.

Units within this qualification.

Title
Level
Credit
GLH
Mondatory
Organisational Behaviour
7
15
60
Global Business Strategy
7
15
60
Strategic Resource Management
7
15
60
Finance for Strategic Managers
7
15
60
Research for Senior Managers
7
25
60
Optional
Human Resource Management
6
15
60
Project Management
6
15
60
Programme Leadership
7
10
40
Economics for Business
6
15
60
Risk Management
6
10
40
Strategic Marketing
6
15
60
Corporate Communication Strategies
7
10
30
Manage Continuous Organisational Improvement
7
15
60
Sustainable Business Strategy
7
10
40
Strategic Planning
7
15
45
Managing Quality and Service Delivery
6
10
40
Personal Leadership and Management Development
6
10
40

Qualification specifications

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Level 7

Level 4 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management

The Level 4 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management is a 120 credit size qualification, equivalent in size and level to the first year of a bachelor's degree and is part of a flexible suite of administrative management qualifications.

Learners must complete the eight mandatory units, worth 100 credits, and two optional units worth a minimum of 20 credits. To see the qualification content click on the units below which will take you to the Ofqual register.

SFA 2016 to 2017 simplified funding rates catalogue for more details.

Units within this qualification

Title
Level
Credit
GLH
Mondatory
Fundamentals of Administrative Management
4
15
60
Administrative Systems
4
10
40
Managing Operations
4
15
60
Managing Quality
4
10
40
Personal Effectiveness
4
10
40
Managing People in Organisations
4
15
60
Managing Information and Knowledge
4
15
60
Finance for Administrative Managers
4
10
40
Optional
Administration for Executive Assistants
4
10
40
Introduction to Islamic Finance
4
10
40
Managing Business Facilities
4
10
40
Management Accounting: Costing and Budgeting
4
15
60
Marketing Intelligence
4
15
60
The Internet and E-business
4
15
60
Business Events Management
4
15
60

Qualification specifications

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

Level 7

Level 5 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management

The Level 5 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management is a 120 credit size qualification, equivalent in size and level to the second year of a bachelor's degree.

At level 5, learners are expected to understand the more strategic aspects of business administration as well as governance structure and organisational context. Learners must achieve a minimum of 120 credits to achieve the qualification. They must complete the nine mandatory units, worth 100 credits and two optional units worth a minimum of 20 credits.

To see the qualification content click on the units below which will take you to the Ofqual register.

Units within this qualification

Title
Level
Credit
GLH
Mondatory
Operations Management
4
15
60
Information for Strategic Decision Making
4
10
40
Advanced Finance for Business Managers
4
15
60
The Context of Corporate Governance
4
10
40
Organisational Analysis and Change
4
10
40
Human Resource Management
4
15
60
Knowledge Management Strategy
4
15
60
Leadership, Motivation and Group Dynamics
4
10
40
Business Research
4
10
40
Optional
Organisational Facilities Management
4
10
40
Islamic Finance
4
10
40
Financial Systems and Auditing
4
10
40
Small Business Enterprise
4
15
60
European Business
4
15
60
Business Ethics
4
15
60
Economics for Business
4
15
60

Qualification specifications

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6

The Level 6 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management

The Level 6 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management is a 120 credit size qualification that outlines how organisations plan their activities at a strategic level, how they implement these plans, how they ensure the smooth running of the organisation, and how this maximises competitive advantage.

The core content of this qualification is for those entering a strategic level of management with a key emphasis on making that progression from an undergraduate to a graduate mentality, including an understanding of the research skills and personal development expected of a senior manager.

Units within this qualification

Title
Level
Credit
GLH
Mondatory
Strategic Management
6
20
80
The Dynamics of Leadership
6
20
80
Management Information Systems for Business
6
20
80
Advanced Finance for Decision Makers
6
20
80
Optional
Marketing Management in Business
6
20
80
Customer Focus for Strategic Advantage
6
20
80
Leadership Skills
6
20
80
Managing Risk in Business
6
20
80

Qualification specifications

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6