ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Management

The ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Management is a 120-credit Ofqual regulated qualification and is the equivalent level to the first year of a bachelor’s degree.

This qualification has been designed for learners who are seeking to progress to higher education to enter the second year of a bachelor’s degree in an area of management and aims to develop learners understanding of management and to develop key management skills.

At a Glance

  • Provides 14 optional units

  • Designed with support from universities

  • Progression to the second year of a bachelor’s degree with a range of university partners – progression routes

  • Extended Diploma is 1,200 learning hours, usually studied over an academic year

  • Delivered in the classroom, by distance or by blended learning.

Progression Route

You can progress to the 2nd year of a bachelor degree from the ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Management, or alternatively you can progress to an ATHE qualification at level 5. For information on ATHE university top-ups please see progression routes link or contact us with your enquiries on

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Entry Criteria

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


Age: 19 +


Entry profile:


  • 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

  • an Access to Higher Education Certificate delivered by an approved further education institute and validated by an Access Validating Agency

  • other equivalent international qualifications

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Units and Pathways

You have to take the four mandatory units and pick 4 optional units of your choice.


Mandatory Units

  • Business Environment

  • Resource Management

  • Communication Skills

  • People in Organisations


Optional Units

  • Applying Promotional Techniques

  • Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Administrative Services

  • Planning a Work Based Team Project

  • Finance for Managers

  • Planning a New Business Venture

  • Customer Relationship Management

  • Study Skills

  • Employability Skills

  • Personal and Professional Development

  • Business Ethics

  • Business Law

  • Manage Sustainability in an Organisation

  • Resource Management

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