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Level Level 4 Extended Diploma in Business and Management

The Level 4 Extended Diploma in Business is a 120-credit Ofqual regulated qualification and is the equivalent level to the first year of a bachelor’s degree. It has been designed for learners who wish to progress to a business or management degree and may not have the traditional entry qualifications usually required.

Level 4 Extended Diploma in Business and Management 2018 has been designed for learners who wish to develop the skills and knowledge required for roles in junior management. They have also been developed with progression in mind and enable learners to continue on to a range of Bachelor’s degrees. The addition of our GenEd pathway, if taken in combination with the ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Business and Management and the ATHE Level 6 Extended Diploma in Management, allows the learner to progress onto a Bachelor’s degree in the USA at Northwood University in Michigan. 


At a glance

  • Provides 14 optional units offering three possible qualifications

  • Designed with support from universities

  • Graded Pass, Merit or Distinction

  • Extended Diploma is 1,200 learning hours, usually studied over an academic year

  • Can be delivered in the classroom, by distance or by blended learning.arning.


There are three different sized qualifications. If you study the 120-credit extended diploma then you must study all 4 mandatory units and pick 4 optional units. If you study the 60-credit diploma then you must study all 3 mandatory units and 1 optional unit. The 30-credit certificate requires you to study “Business Environment” and either of the remaining two units from the 60-credit diploma.

Mandatory Units (for the 120-credit extended diploma)

  • Business Environment

  • Resource Management

  • Communication Skills

  • People in Organisations

Mandatory Units (for the 60-credit diploma)

  • Business Environment

  • Communication Skills

  • People in Organisations


Optional Units

  • Applying Promotional Techniques

  • Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Administrative Services

  • Planning a Work Based Team Project

  • Finance for Managers

  • Planning a New Business Venture

  • Customer Relationship Management

  • Study Skills

  • Employability Skills

  • Personal and Professional Development

  • Business Ethics

  • Business Law

  • Manage Sustainability in an Organisation

  • Resource Management

Entry Criteria

These qualifications are designed for learners who are typically aged 18 and above. For learners who have recently been in education or training the entry, the profile is likely to include one of the following:

  • a GCE Advanced level profile with achievement in 2 or more subjects supported by 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above

  • other related levels 3 subjects such as level 3 Diplomas

  • an Access to Higher Education Certificate delivered by an approved further education institute and validated by an Access Validating Agency

  • other equivalent international qualifications

Learners must also have an appropriate standard of English to enable them to access relevant resources and complete the unit assignments.

Progression Routes

You can progress to the 2nd year of a bachelor degree from the Level 4 Extended Diploma in Management, or alternatively, you can progress to a qualification at level 5.


Face to Face: £5500

Online Fee: £4850


Face to Face:  One year

Online: 8 months

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