Course Overview

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

Learners who complete this qualification can progress to study a variety of Bachelor’s Degrees at a university such as our partner universities including The University of Northampton and The University of Bedfordshire. For more information, please visit our progression routes page.

The qualification provides learners with an introduction to the business environment as well as key academic, research and communication skills to support learners in their development. Learners must complete 4 mandatory units worth 60 credits to achieve the ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business.


Title Level Credit GLH
How Businesses Operate 3 15 90
Marketing Principles and Techniques 3 15 90
Academic and Research Skills for Business 3 15 90
Communication Skills for Business 3 15 90

Eligibility criteria

These qualifications are designed for learners from aged 19 and above. However,  ATHE does not specify any entry requirements. Centres are required to ensure that learners who register for these qualifications have the necessary skills to undertake the learning and assessment.

Entry Requirements
A certificate in  management studies or business management at Level 2
GCSE or A Levels certification or an equivalent from overseas
Mature students with a minimum of two years relevant work experience may be considered.
IELTS 4.5 or Equivalent for overseas students

Fees- £549*
* The fees is per academic year
** Exam and awarding body registration fees is extra and is payable at the time of enrolment.

Key Facts

Awarding Body : Awards for Training and Higher Education (ATHE)
Course Duration : 3-4  months
Method of study : Full Time
Qualification Level :  3


We do everything we can to ensure that information on our website is correct, however details may change and we cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions. For more detailed information about the course visit ATHE official website on