ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business

(University Foundation Year)

Open the Door to a UK Undergraduate Degree with the

Eton University Level 3 Diploma in Business

The ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business is a 60- credit qualification and is the equivalent of one A-level or Access to HE qualification. It can be used as an alternative route to a UK university for learners who may not have the traditional entry qualification required.

Learners who complete this qualification can progress to a variety of Bachelor’s Degrees at UK universities such as the University of Northampton and Birmingham City University.

This qualification provides learners with an essential introduction to business environment as well as key skills in academic research.

Key facts

  • A 60 credit foundation course regulated by Ofqual

  • Awarded by the UK awarding body ATHE (Awards for Training and Higher Education)

  • Accredited by the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 3

  • Curriculum developed with support and feedback from UK universities

  • 4 mandatory units

  • No final exams- only assignments submitted via online study portal

  • Delivered via distance learning or blended method (with tuition in Manchester, UK)

  • Can be completed in as little as 4.5 months

  • Offers the progression route to an undergraduate degree at a range of accredited UK and international universities

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6 months (flexible)

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There are no formal requirements for specific prior qualifications or levels of attainment. However, if you have not already achieved a level 2 qualification in English and/or maths, you will normally be expected to take a GCSE or Level 2 Functional Skills qualification alongside this Diploma in order to support your progression to higher education. To enter for this qualification, you must be 16+ years old and have an appropriate standard of English.

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Course Content and Structure

Students must take four mandatory units (15 credits each):

  • How businesses operate

  • Marketing principles and techniques

  • Academic and research skills for business

  • Communication skills for business

Course Structure and Fees


Option One - Study Online

Study wherever you like, whenever you like. Eton University grants you 24/7 access to our online resources and materials. We help you keep on track with personalised study plans and provide access to a tutor should you require any help.


Option Two - Study Classroom-based (72 hours)

Why not increase the value of your studies by studying at our study centre in Manchester, UK. Learn English and business skills in one of the most vibrant cities in the UK. Eton University staff are committed to helping you every step of the way with additional visa support, assistance with accommodation and social programs available at an additional fee.   


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Not sure if you have the right level of English?

To enrol on a Bachelor’s degree in the UK, students are also required to have, on average, an IELTS score of 6.5. Eton University are committed to offering full support for our students, so why not boost your English skills alongside the Level 3 Diploma in Business?

​Eton University English programs are bespoke packages which aim to get each student exactly where they need to be. We can help you combine our foundation course studies with the essential English skills required to achieve the minimum IELTS score.

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Your current IELTS Score

You are ready to apply for a UK undergraduate program!

Level 3 Diploma in Business +

Eton University English program 


Instead of enrolling at a UK university, why not continue your qualification with us and achieve your goals faster and at a more affordable rate?

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ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Management

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