ATHE LEVEL 3 Diploma in Business and Management

The ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business and Management is a 120-credit Ofqual regulated qualification and is the equivalent level to two A Level's or Access to HE qualification. It has been designed for learners who wish to progress to a business or management degree and may not have the traditional entry qualifications usually required.

Course Details

Duration: 8-12 Months

Credits: 120


Learners must complete all 6 mandatory units named below:

  1. Managing Business Operations
  2. Maximising Resources to Achieve Business Success
  3. The Business Environment
  4. Managing People in Organisations
  5. Working in Teams
  6. Effective Business Communication

Entry Criteria:

Age: 16 +

Entry profile:

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

Learners must also have an appropriate standard of English to enable them to access relevant resources and complete the unit assignments.

Progression Routes:

On successful completion of a Level 3 Diploma in Business and Management there are a number of progression opportunities. Learners may progress to:

  • a level 4 ATHE qualification such as the ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Business and Management
  • other level 4 qualifications
  • a degree programme
  • Employment or setting up own business

Learners who complete this qualification can progress to study a variety of bachelor’s degrees at a university such as one of ATHE's partner universities.

For information on ATHE university top-ups please see

Fees & Funding

Course Fees: £4,170.00

At NLET, we give you as many options as possible to help you fund your course fees.

Option 1: Upfront Fee
Secure your place with a deposit, pay your balance 1 month before your course begins.

Option 2: Instalment Plan
Secure your place with a deposit, pay your balance via monthly instalments spread across the course length. Please be aware there is a 10% instalment fee applicable to this option.

Option 3:  19+ Advanced Learner Loan (Student Loan)
You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your course. Loan eligibility does not depend on your income and there are no credit checks.

NLET is an Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) approved prime contractor for Advanced Learner Loans. If you choose this option, we will check your eligibility and issue you all the necessary documents to enable you to apply for the loan.

Check if you’re eligible before you apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

If you would like to discuss a payment option, please call us on 020 8570 7766 or write to