ATHE Business & 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.

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.

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.

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

Title Level Credit GLH
Mandatory
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

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.

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.

For more information, please visit our progression routes page.

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

Title Level Credit GLH
Mandatory
Business Environment 4 15 60
Resource Management 4 15 60
Communication Skills 4 15 60
People in Organisations 4 15 60
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 10 24
Employability Skills 5 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

The ATHE Level 4 Diploma in Management is a 60 credit size qualification.

What does the qualification progress to?
Learners who complete this qualification can build credits towards the ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Management which provides entry to the ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management and further progress to the third year of a variety of Bachelor’s Degree Top-Up Programmes.

For more information, please visit our progression routes page.

What does this qualification cover?

Learners must complete 3 mandatory units worth 45 credits and a further optional unit totalling 60 credits to achieve this qualification. Please see below  the units within this qualification.

Units within this qualification

Title Level Credit GLH
Mandatory
Business Environment 4 15 60
Communication Skills 4 15 60
People in Organisations 4 15 60
Optional
Applying Promotional Techniques 4 15 60
Corporate Social Responsibility 4 15 60
Resource Management 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

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

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.

For more information, please visit our progression routes page.

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 see below the units within this qualification.

Units within this qualification

Title Level Credit GLH
Mandatory
Managing Communication 5 15 60
Business Organisations in a Global Context 5 15 60
People Management 5 15 60
Finance for Managers 4 15 60
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

The ATHE Level 5 Diploma in Management is a 60 credit size qualification.

What does the qualification progress to?
Learners who complete this qualification can build credits towards 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.

For more information, please visit our progression routes page.

What does this qualification cover?
Learners must complete 3 mandatory units worth 45 credits and a further optional unit totalling 60 credits to achieve this qualification. Please see below the units within this qualification.

Units within this qualification

Title Level Credit GLH
Mandatory
Managing Communication 5 15 60
Business Organisations in a Global Context 5 15 60
People Management 5 15 60
Optional
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
Finance for Managers 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

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

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.

For more information, please visit our progression routes page.

What does this qualification cover?
Learners must complete 3 mandatory units worth 45 credits and a further optional unit totalling 60 credits to achieve this qualification. Please see below the units within this qualification.

Units within this qualification

Title Level Credit GLH
Mandatory
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

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.

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
Mandatory
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