ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business and Management

Entry Requirements

This qualification is designed for learners who are typically aged 16 and above.
ATHE’s policy regarding access to our qualifications is that:

  • They should be available to everyone who is capable of reaching the required standard

  • They should be free from any barriers that restrict access and progression

  • There should be equal opportunities for all those wishing to access the qualifications

Centres should review the prior qualifications and experience of each learner and consider whether they provide the necessary foundations to undertake the programme of study at level 3. For learners with disabilities and specific needs, this review will need to take account of the support available to the learner during teaching and assessment of the qualification.

Qualification Structure

The ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business and Management is a 120 credit qualification. Learners must complete the six mandatory units totalling 120 credits.

  • Managing Business Operations (20 Credits): This unit aims to introduce learners to key aspects of all businesses and how they operate within the wider business environment, as well as internally. Learners will explore the important business areas of finance, customer service, planning, decision making and operational control

  • Maximising Resources to Achieve Business Success (20 Credits): Effective use of resources can be business critical. This unit aims to ensure learners understand the range of resources businesses need, why this must be monitored and how this can be achieved through technology and other project management tools.

  • The Business Environment (20 Credits): All businesses operate within a wider business environment – of which they must be constantly aware. This unit aims to introduce learners to all aspects of that external environment and how an organisation may choose to ‘position itself’ through marketing or its ethical image. The unit also considers the impact of culture on organisations.

  • Managing People in Organisations (20 Credits): People are often considered to be the most important resource in any organisation. This unit aims to give learners the knowledge and understanding about recruitment, performance management and development.

  • Working in Teams (20 Credits): Good teamwork creates synergy within an organisation. This unit introduces the learner to the skills of teamwork- learners will explore the features of an effective team, motivation and leadership and the importance of delegating, influencing and developing excellent interpersonal skills.

  •  Effective Business Communications (20 Credits)

Duration and Delivery

This Qualification is designed to be delivered over one academic year for full-time study but it is also flixible in it's delivery in order to accommodate part-time distance learning. 

The qualification is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars and online by approved ventres only. 


On successful completion of a Level 3 Diploma in Business and Management there are a number of progression opportunities.
Learners may progress to:

  • A level 4 ATHE qualification such as the ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Management

  • A degree programme