Extended Diploma in Management (Level 4)

Business Management University Access Courses

Course Description

Business management is important, and it permeates throughout everything we see and do. This course is equivalent to the first year of a university degree programme. It is the perfect introduction for students into the world of business and management because it concentrates on the common concepts of business – the different sectors of organisational theory, human resource management, marketing, finance and accounting, operations management, etc – and also pushes important skills such as business communication, bookkeeping, and statistics. You will need to complete ten (10) modules.


Six (6) months, intensive.

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Age 18 and above
  • A high school leaving certificate
  • Minimum English Proficiency at IELTS 6.5 or equivalent*

*May enter the programme with IELTS 5.5 or equivalent, with an additional 3-month intensive English for Academic Purposes course.


120 credits.


  1. Developing Personal Skills
    Develop a range of personal skills vital to the world of business. Concentrating on communication, leadership and decision making techniques.
  2. Effective Communication
    Communication is the key to effective operations and working effectively with others. Throughout this module, learners will grasp a range of communication techniques used for a variety of commercial purposes.
  3. The Business Environment
    Explore issues outside of the business that may affect the business and its operations. Looking into economics, international dimensions, nature and competition.
  4. The Marketing Mix
    Exploring and using the marketing mix as part of the business planning process.
  5. Strategic HRM
    This module looks at employees and people as a business’ most valuable asset. Recruit the best, reward the best and retain the best.
  6. Managing Ethically
    Explore the various theories and models of management and their different contexts.
  7. Culture and the Organisation
    What is meant by culture? Why is it important? How does it differ between organisations?
  8. Customers and Customer Service
    This module looks at customers as the fulcrum of any business.
  9. Fundamentals of Accounting
    On completion of this module, learners will understand accounts and how they can be used to give insight into the health of the organisation.
  10. Financial Management and Control
    In this module, learners will compare and contrast some examples of good and bad financial decision making and the impact on the business.


Students must complete 8 written assignments. Upon completion of the taught modules, students will be given access to the assignments. The assignments are approximately 3000-5000 words each. Students will be guided and supported with the assignments.

Upon Completion

Students will receive 120 credits and the ATHE Extended Diploma, which is approved by Ofqual. Students can apply for an exemption from the first year of a university Degree course.