Level 6 Diploma in Business Management 


The OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Business Management allows learners to acquire knowledge and understanding in a range of topics and to develop key skills they require to work in Business Management roles. This is done through a substantial core of mandatory units. The core content of this qualification is for those entering a strategic level of management with a key emphasis on developing an understanding of the research skills and personal development expected of a senior manager which will enable them to progress to higher level general management or specialised business programmes at a later stage in their business or academic careers.

Entry Requirements 

For entry onto the OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Business Management qualification, learner must possesses:

  • Relevant NQF/QCF Level 5 diploma or equivalent overseas qualification as recognised by UK NARIC

  •  Mature learners (over 21) with relevant work experience

  •  English: If learner is not from a majority English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language competency at a minimum of CEFR (The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level B2 from a recognised English test provider or IELTS level 5.5 in each components.

  • Learner must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the course

Qualification Structure

The OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Business Management is a 120 credit qualification that includes six mandatory units. To achieve the Level 6 Diploma in Business Management, learners must complete all 6 units equalling 120 credits.

  • Leadership and organisational behaviour (20 Credits):Enables the learner to understand theories of leadership and management and how to use leadership and management skills to improve motivation and performance. The learner will also explore the basic theories that describe how employees and employers understand their roles and interactions in the organisational settings, and how these assumptions determine how they structure their relationships.

  • Business project (20 Credits): Aims to develop the skills required to produce a research question and carry out independent research using appropriate research techniques in order to analyse research findings, evaluate research methodology used and to present findings.  

  • Operations Management (20 Credits): The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an understanding of the production /operations management function in both manufacturing and service industries and to introduce key issues and techniques in operations management. 

  • Financial Decision Making (20 Credits): This unit demonstrates the links between business decision making, risk assessment and financial information. It depicts how businesses are financed through their fixed and working capital requirements and explains how the financial management of each organisation is influenced by its governance and ownership structure.

  • Sustainable Business Practices (20 Credits): The purpose of this module is to raise awareness of sustainable development issues and how they impact on the strategic development of the business. Learners will be expected to demonstrate their understanding of sustainability and its effect on business organisations.

  • Strategic Human Resource Management (20 Credits) : This unit aims to enhance the knowledge and understanding of debates concerning HRM strategies and practices, their contribution to organisation and employee performance and the problems and complexities around operationalising a strategic HRM within different types of organisations and to explore the implications for HRM practitioners.

Duration and Delivery

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

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

Assessment and verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and verified by OTHM. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.
To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, a learner must have successfully passed all the assessment criteria for that unit.
The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the Learner’s overall achievement has been arrived at.


Successful completion of the Level 6 Diploma in Business Management provides the opportunity for a wide range of other academic programmes including progression to OTHM Level 7 Diploma.