Diploma in Business

Level: 3

Awarding body: ATHE

Diploma in Business is a 60 credit Ofqual regulated qualification. It is designed to provide opportunities for learners to acquire a range of knowledge and understanding about business and to apply the knowledge and understanding by demonstrating skills in business. In this way learners will undertake assignments that are directly related to business activities enhancing their understanding of the world of business. 

Mandatory Units

  • How Business Operate
  • Marketing Principles and Techniques
  • Academic and Research Skills for Business
  • Communication Skills for Business

Entry Criteria

The typical minimum requirements for learners who have recently been in education or training is likely to include one of following:

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

The varied profile of achievement of more mature learners is likely to include relevant work experience (paid and/or unpaid), participation and/or achievement of relevant qualifications. This may be used for recognition of prior learning (RPL). Learners may also hold RQF qualifications which will enable them to claim a credit transfer from part of the qualification. For further information please see the ATHE RPL, Credit Transfer and Exemptions Policy in the student information section on the Policies page of our website.

English Language Requirement

For those whom English is not their first language we recommend the following standards of proficiency in English language skills or an approved equivalent for this qualification:

  • IELTs 5.5
  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) 162 or above
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 42-49

If an international learner does not have formal certification in English, we offer him/her four weeks of free English language classes to enable him/her to meet an appropriate standard in English for this qualification.

At London School of Social and Management Sciences duration of the ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business is 4 months. The School runs three academic sessions in a year. Learners can join any session of their choice and convenience. 

Academic Year 2020

Session 1: 6 January to 24 April 

Session 2: 27 April to 14 August 

Session 3: 17 August to 4 December 


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