Extended Diploma: Business and Management

University Year 1 & 2 (Level 4&5)
Leading to the final year of Bachelor’s degree

This undergraduate level 4 and 5, Extended Diploma in Business and Management has 120 credits each.  Combined 240 credits qualifies learners to progress on to the final year of the Bachelor’s degree at a University or on-line study. 

The ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Business and Management has been designed for learners who wish to develop the skills and knowledge required for roles in junior management. This qualification provides generic management skills for those planning to or working in a management role. The qualifications deliver the skills and knowledge that meet the needs of managers on a domestic and international platform.  Whereas, the ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Business and Management has been designed for learners who wish to develop the skills and knowledge required for roles in management. They have also been developed with progression in mind and enable learners to continue on to a range of Bachelor’s degrees. 

We provide a flexible route for learners who have already achieved management qualifications at a lower level and for learners who do not have management qualifications, but may have qualifications in other areas and/or prior experience in the work place.  

Some learners may be able to complete this within 12 months and progress on to the final year of the Bachelor’s degree.  This pathway can qualify them with a Bachelor’s degree in two-years.  Thus, allowing them to enter the job market early or to progress on to further studies. 

The QAN numbers for these qualifications are as follows:
ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Business and Management 603/3339/X
ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Business and Management 603/3340/6

Level 4 Units
To obtain the Extended Diploma in Business and Management learners must achieve the Mandatory Units PLUS four Optional Units
The Total Qualification Time is 1200
The Total Guided Learning Hours is 480
The Total Credit value is 120

Unit Title Level Credit GLH
Mandatory Units
The Business Environment 4 15 60
People in Organisations 4 15 60
Financial and Management Accounting Techniques for managers 4 15 60
Communication Skills for Business 4 15 60
Optional Units
Resource Management 4 15 60
The Marketing Mix 4 15 60
Corporate Social Responsibility 4 15 60
Managing a Work-Based Team Project 4 15 60
Entrepreneurship 4 15 60
Customer Relationship Management 4 15 60
Administrative Services 4 15 60
Managing Information and Knowledge 4 15 60
Managing Operations 4 15 60
Managing Quality 4 15 60

Level 5 Units
To obtain the Extended Diploma in Business and Management learners must achieve the Mandatory Units PLUS four Optional Units
The Total Qualification Time is 1200
The Total Guided Learning Hours is 480
The Total Credit value is 120

Unit Title Level Credit GLH
Mandatory units
Business Organisations in a Global Context 5 15 60
Research Project 5 15 60
People Management 5 15 60
Finance for Managers 5 15 60
Optional units
Managing Communication 5 15 60
Marketing Principles and Practice 5 15 60
Manage Sustainability in an Organisation 5 15 60
Small Business Enterprise 5 15 60
Planning a New Business Venture 5 15 60
Business Law 5 15 60
Operations Management 5 15 60
Information for Strategic Decision Making 5 15 60
Organisational Analysis and Change 5 15 60
Financial Systems and Auditing 5 15 60
Business Ethics 5 15 60

These qualifications are designed for learners who are typically aged 19 and above. For learners who have recently been in education or training the entry profile is likely to include one of 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 level 3 subjects such as ATHE 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. IELTS 5.5 at a minimum of CEFR level B2 for a RQF qualification at this level would be considered. 
  • Mature learners may present more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include relevant work experience in (Paid and / or unpaid) with levels of responsibility, participation / or achievement of relevant professional qualifications. This may be used for recognition of prior learning (RPL). Learners may also hold RQF qualifications which will enable them to claim and exemption from part of the qualification. 
What is included in the cost of my course?

All Course Material, including online modules and written assignments.

  • Online personal tutor support
  • Dedicated phone & email support
  • Access to an online Learning Management System
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Free CV Writing help on completion of the course.
Am I eligible for this progamme?

Please check the Entry Requirements to self assess if you qualify to study this programme. 

Bachelor's Degree - Final Year - (UK & USA University Top-Up)

After successful completion of your study you may consider progressing on to the Bachelor’s degree programme.  You have a number of options to consider which are listed at www.athe.co.uk/progression

Students interested in joining the USA University online one year program should enquire by clicking here.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a method of assessment that considers whether a learner can demonstrate that they can meet the assessment requirements for a unit through knowledge, understanding or skills they already possess and so do not need to develop through a course of learning.

We recognise learners’ previous achievements and experiences whether at work, home and at leisure, as well as in the classroom. RPL provides a route for the recognition of the achievements resulting from continuous learning.

RPL enables recognition of achievement from a range of activities using any valid assessment methodology. Provided that the assessment requirements of a given unit or qualification have been met, the use of RPL is acceptable for accrediting a unit, units or a whole qualification. Evidence of learning must be sufficient, reliable and valid.

Guided Learning Hours (GLH)

The term Guided Learning Hours (GLH) is an estimate of the amount of time, on average, that a tutor, trainer, workshop facilitator etc., will work with a learner, to enable the learner to complete the learning outcomes of a unit to the appropriate standard. 

GLH are intended to provide guidance for centres on the amount of time required to deliver the programme and support learners. GLH are made up of activities completed by the learner under direct instruction or supervision of a tutor/teacher, lecturer, supervisor, trainer etc. whether through actual attendance or via electronic means, the activity must be in real time.

Some examples of activities that can contribute to Guided Learning Hours include:

  • Supervised induction sessions
  • Learner feedback with a teacher in real time
  • Supervised independent learning
  • Classroom-based learning supervised by a teacher
  • Work-based learning supervised by a teacher
  • Live webinar or telephone tutorial with a teacher in real time
  • E-learning supervised by a teacher in real time
  • All forms of assessment that take place under the immediate guidance or supervision of a lecturer, supervisor, tutor or other appropriate provider of education or training, including where the assessment is competence-based and may be turned into a learning opportunity
Total Qualification Time (TQT)

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is a guide to the amount of time a learner would take, on average, to complete the different activities to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes of a whole qualification.

TQT includes all the activities described under guided learning hours (GLH) plus all the additional learning.

Additional learning will take place away from the classroom and this will not be under direct supervision of a tutor/teacher, lecturer, supervisor, trainer etc. The activities will vary depending on the qualifications, their level and the nature of the learning.

Some examples of activities that can contribute to Total Qualification Time, include:

  • Preparation for classes
  • Independent and unsupervised research/learning
  • Unsupervised work on assignments
  • Unsupervised compilation of a portfolio of work experience
  • Unsupervised e-learning
  • Unsupervised e- assessment
  • Unsupervised e-assessment
  • Unsupervised coursework
  • Watching a pre-recorded podcast or webinar
  • Unsupervised work-based learning
  • Any other form of learning, education or training, not under the direct supervision of a tutor/teacher, lecturer, supervisor, trainer.
Equality Policy at Mcqueens Business School

Equality and fairness are central to the provision at the McQueen’s Education.  Promoting equality and diversity involves treating everyone with equal dignity and worth, while also raising aspirations and supporting achievement for people with diverse requirements, entitlements and backgrounds. An inclusive environment for learning anticipates the varied requirements of students, and aims to ensure that all students have equal access to educational opportunities.  Equality of opportunity involves enabling access for people who have differing individual requirements as well as eliminating arbitrary and unnecessary barriers to learning.  In addition, students with and without disabilities are offered learning opportunities that are equally accessible to them, by means of inclusive qualification design.

Our equality policy requires all students to have equal opportunity to access our qualifications and assessments.

We are committed to making sure that:

  • Students with a protected characteristic (as defined in legislation) are not, when they are undertaking one of our courses, disadvantaged in comparison to students who do not share that characteristic.
  • All students achieve the recognition they deserve from undertaking a qualification and that this achievement can be compared fairly to the achievement of their peers.

Our policy regarding access to its qualifications is that:

  • They should be available to everyone who is capable of reaching the required standards
  • 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.
  • £1800.00Tuition Fee
  • 12 MonthsDuration
  • OnlineStudy Mode
  • Flexible Start DateStart Dates
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