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Level 5 Extended Diploma in Business and Management

The Level 5 Extended Diploma in Business is a 120-credit Ofqual regulated qualification and is the equivalent level to the second 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.


We also offer a larger, 120-credit qualification in Business and Management at this level.

At a glance

  • Graded with Pass, Merit and Distinction

  • Comes with 16 optional units

  • Progression to a bachelor degree at a range of university partners 

  • 1200 learning hours, usually studied over  an academic year

  • Designed with support from universities

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


There are three different sized qualifications. If you study the 120-credit extended diploma then you must study all 5 mandatory units and pick 3 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 any two of the units from the 60-credit diploma. 

Mandatory Units (for the 120-credit extended diploma)

  • Managing Communication

  • Business Organisations in a Global Context

  • People Management

  • Finance for Managers

  • Research Project

Mandatory Units (for the 60-credit diploma)

  • Managing Communication

  • Business Organisations in a Global Context

  • People Management


Optional Units

  • Managing Stakeholder Engagement

  • Risk Management

  • Leading Organisational

  • Equality and Diversity

  • Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Manage Sustainability in an Organisation

  • Resource Management

  • Administrative Services

  • Planning a Work Based Team Project

  • Marketing Principles and Practice

  • Planning a New Business Venture

  • Customer Relationship Management

  • Employability Skills

  • Business Ethics

  • Personal and Professional Development

  • Business Law

Progression Routes

You can progress to a bachelor degree top-up from the Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management.

Entry Criteria

These qualifications provide a flexible route for learners who have already achieved management qualifications at a lower level, as well as for learners who do not have business or management qualifications but may have qualifications in other areas and/or prior management experience in the workplace.


Age: 19 +
Entry profile:

  • prior study in business, the management or related subjects at level 4 or above a level 4 qualification, for example, an Level 4 Extended Diploma in Management or a Level 4 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management

  • other equivalent international qualifications



Face to Face: 5800

Online Fee: £5000


Face to Face:  1 year

Online: 8 to 10 months

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