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. As well as the Extended Diploma option (120 credit) there is a Diploma option (60 credit) and a Certificate option (30 credit).

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



There are three different sized qualifications. If you study the 120-credit extended diploma then you must study all 4 mandatory units and pick 4 optional units. If you study the 60-credit diploma then you must study all 3 mandatory units and 1 optional unit. The 30-credit certificate requires you to study “Business Environment” and either of the remaining two units from the 60-credit diploma. To see the contents of each unit you can view the Qualification Specification.

Mandatory Units (for the 120-credit extended diploma)

  • 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

Progression Routes

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