Awards for Training and Higher Education (ATHE) provides centers with qualifications in business and management, accounting, computing, law, health and social care. ATHE qualifications are approved as progression pathways to Bachelor’s degrees and Master’s top up degrees by a number of UK and international Universities, providing significant tertiary education opportunities for learners globally. As an approved center, TAAS provides bespoke learning support for learners, approved university progression routes, dedicated support from qualified staff, easy to understand learning materials and flexible delivery solutions that meets the learning needs of our students across the globe.

Course overview

Would you like to gain a degree in business and management, but you do not meet the basic entry requirements? Do not worry because ATHE programmes are designed to offer you a progression pathway. In fact, this ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Business and Management is just for you, it will enable you enroll on a third-year degree course in business and management. Studying this course will provide a learner with relevant the knowledge, skills and behaviors, for professional and personal development, while gaining appropriate management expertise for the workplace and enterprise. The ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Business and Management will provide you a competitive edge in your chosen field, and the opportunity to move upward in your career and also be able to meet your personal goals in life.

Upon successfully completing the ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Business and Management, you will receive an accredited qualification equivalent to a higher diploma. The programme is an Ofqual regulated qualification, moreover it will enable you gain a degree level qualification within one academic calendar by topping up your extended diploma. This approach will certainly enhance your educational profile and increase your future earning potential. As the global community is transiting to a greener economy, with an impending Fourth and Fifth Industrial Revolution. Therefore, there is a strong case for one to acquire relevant ‘KSBs’ for a sustainable management approach that is underpinning in an established management concept.

Entry requirement

  • You must be 18 years and over
  • Prior study in business, management or related subjects at level 4 or above
  • A level 4 qualification, such as Extended Diploma in Business and Management / Diploma in Business and Administrative ManagementOther equivalent international qualifications
  • May have relevant work experience 

Language proficiency

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

Programme duration  

You have (12 months) access to the online learning platform from the date you enrolled on the programme. It is a self-paced, and you can complete it in stages, revisiting the lectures at any time.

Delivery mode

This course will be delivered via blended learning, to enable you learn when and where you want, it is completely up to a learner on how plan and execute the study timetable. All the learning materials can be found online. Your login details and access will be sent to you immediately your registration. 

Course description

Qualification Number: 603/3340/6
Total Qualification Time: 1200
Total Guided Learning Hours: 480
Level: 5
Credits: 120


Unit Title; Level, Credit Unit aim
Business Organisations in a Global Context

(Level 5, 15 Credit). Mandatory.

This 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.
Research Project

(Level 5, 15 Credit). Mandatory.

The 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.
People management

(Level 5, 15 Credit). Mandatory.

This unit will enable learners to understand how to manage individuals and teams within an organisation.
Finance for Managers

(Level 5, 15 Credit). Mandatory.

The 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.


Unit Title; Level, Credit, GLH Unit aim
Managing Communication (Level 5, 15 Credit). Optional. This unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of communication within and between organisations.
Marketing Principles and Practice

(Level 5, 15 Credit). Optional.

To develop knowledge and understanding of general marketing principles and their application in business.
Manage Sustainability in an Organisation.

(Level 5, 15 Credit). Optional.

This unit will enable learners to acquire the knowledge and understanding of sustainability, as it relates to organisations. This includes the legal and regulatory requirements and how to achieve relevant quality standards.
Small Business Enterprise (Level 5, 15 Credit). Optional. To provide the learner with an understanding of the importance of small business enterprises in today’s business environment.
Planning and New Business Venture

(Level 5, 15 Credit). Optional.

Learners will develop an understanding of business types and the factors that determine the success or otherwise of a new business venture.
 Business Law

(Level 5, 15 Credit). Optional.

This unit aims to enable learners to develop knowledge and understanding of some of the main aspects of business law which impact on organisations.
Operations Management

(Level 5, 15 Credit). Optional.

Learners will gain an understanding of the operations function in terms of its impact on business success, the tools and techniques that enable managers to achieve business success and the ethical consideration faced in terms of the supply chain.
Information for Strategic Decision Making

(Level 5, 15 Credit). Optional.

This unit will provide the learner with an understanding of the role, value and sources of information needed to make strategic decisions. Learners will also gain an understanding of how this information is gathered and used.
Organisational Analysis and Change

(Level 5, 15 Credit). Optional.

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to understand the range of performance measures needed to analyse and determine organisational performance, and the change processes that can then be used to improve organisational performance.
Financial Systems and Auditing (Level 5, 15 Credit). Optional. Learners will develop an understanding of the management of financial accounting systems and the reporting processes required when conducting an audit.
Business Ethics

(Level 5, 15 Credit). Optional.

This 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.


Assessment methods 
In order to successfully complete this course, a learner MUST complete 4 mandatory units and 4 optional units totaling 120 credits, to gain the ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Business and Management. This course will be graded as follows: Pass, Merit and Distinction.

A range of assessment tools will be used, and this might include assessment through:

  • A research activity resulting in the compilation of a report
  • An academic paper or article for publication
  • The compilation of a case study
  • A set project completed for an employer (also known as an ‘employer-engagement’ activity)
  • The production of a portfolio of evidence relating to a particular unit

Certification and awarding body

Upon a successful completion of this programme as stipulated by ATHE, you will be awarded ‘the ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Business and Management’. Awards for Training and Higher Education (ATHE) is a global awarding organisation, regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

Progression and profession pathways

Upon a successful completion this course, you will gain an accredited qualification that will provide the pathway to enter a Bachelors’ Degree in the second or third year in several recognised Universities in the UK. You can progress to the following.

Entry to:

  • Employment in managerial level job roles in leadership and management sector, as well as other related sectors
  • ATHE Level 6 Diploma in Business and Management
  • Post-graduate degree programme


Excellent value for money

TAAS provides a comprehensive qualification and support package which provides excellent value for money with our appreciation of a very price sensitive industry. The qualification is designed and delivered for maximum flexibility; however, if you have a request which TAAS do not currently cater for, we will do our best to provide you with something that meets your learning needs.

Key Features

  • Earn Accredited UK Qualification
  • Access to Excellent Quality Learning Materials
  • Personalised Learning Experience
  • Support by Phone, Live Chat, and Email


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