ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management

The ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management was developed with support and feedback from UK universities. It is a 120-credit Ofqual regulated qualification and is the equivalent size and level to the second year of a bachelor’s degree.

This qualification has been designed for learners who are seeking to progress to take the final year of a bachelor’s degree course 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:

  • Progression to a degree top-up at a range of universities –
  • Designed with support from universities
  • Comes with 16 optional units
  • 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 5 mandatory units and pick 3 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 any two of the 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)

  • Managing Communication
  • Business Organisations in a Global Context
  • People Management
  • Finance for Managers
  • Research Project

Optional Units

  • Managing Stakeholder Engagement
  • Risk Management
  • Leading Organisational
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Manage Sustainability in an Organisation
  • Resource Management
  • Administrative Services
  • Planning a Work Based Team Project
  • Marketing Principles and Practice
  • Planning a New Business Venture
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Employability Skills
  • Business Ethics
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Business Law

Progression Routes

You can progress to an bachelor degree top-up from the ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management. For information on ATHE university top-ups please see .

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:

  • prior study in business, management or related subjects at level 4 or above a level 4 qualification for example an ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Management or an ATHE Level 4 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management
  • other equivalent international qualifications