International Access Programme

ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business

The ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business is a 60-credit Ofqual regulated 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 and may not have the traditional entry qualifications usually required.

 The qualification aims to provide learners with the underpinning knowledge and understanding of a range of topics within the Business environment. These topics will allow learners to develop practical and theoretical approaches to solving problems and finding solutions using Business.

This qualification sits within a suite of ATHE L3 qualifications, which is called the International Access Programme (IAP). Each qualification has a credit value of 60. Learners may choose to study one or more of the qualifications in this suite. Extending the learning to more than one qualification will increase knowledge, understanding and the development of a range of study skills. It will also increase the total number of credits achieved so learners are more qualified to access higher education, higher level apprenticeships or employment.

At a glance:

  • Graded with Pass, Merit and Distinction
  • Advanced learner loans available in the UK – See the latest Qualifications catalogue
  • Progression to a bachelor degree at a range of university partners –www.athe.co.uk/progression
  • 600 learning hours, usually studied over 4.5 months to an academic year
  • Designed with support from universities
  • Can be delivered in the classroom, by distance or by blended learning.

Units

Learners must complete all 4 mandatory units. 

To see the contents of each unit you can view the Qualification Specification.

How Businesses Operate
The key features of an organisation and their importance are explored, including finance, leadership, HR, marketing, managing data and customer service.

Marketing Principles and Techniques
An introduction to marketing is provided, followed by a look at research, analysis and promotional techniques.

Academic and Research Skills for Business
This unit is for understanding ones own academic strengths and weaknesses and developing research papers using a variety of skills.

Communication Skills for Business
A look at how communication is used in business and how ones own communication skills can be developed to effectively present information and ideas.

Progression Routes

Learners who complete this qualification can progress to study a variety of bachelor’s degrees at a university such as one of our partner universities. For information on ATHE university top-ups please see www.athe.co.uk/progression

Entry Criteria

Age: 16 +
Entry profile:

  • 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above or Grade 4 and above
  • other related level 2 subjects
  • other equivalent international qualifications

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