Level 3 Diploma in Business

Level 3 Diploma in Business


Course Code: DIBL3

Course Duration: 1 Year

Course Type: FullTime

Full Time Fee: 2573

Part Time Fee: 2573

These are our core management qualifications which include progression to University degrees. They also provide progression from levels 3 to 7 and were developed with input from colleges, higher education institutions and sector skills councils.



Learners who complete this qualification can progress to study a variety of Bachelor’s Degrees at a university such as our partner universities including The University of Northampton and The University of Bedfordshire. For more information, please visit our progression routes page.

The qualification provides learners with an introduction to the business environment as well as key academic, research and communication skills to support learners in their development.

Learners must complete 4 mandatory units worth 60 credits to achieve the ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business.

This qualification is eligible for funding through the Skills Funding Agency in the 2015-2016 session. Please see the SFA 2015 to 2016 simplified funding rates catalogue for more details.

If you would like to offer this qualification, please complete our short form to receive further information on the process or call 01603 760030 for more information.



Guidance on Assessment
For all
of these
 qualifications assessment is completed through the submission of
internally assessed student work. To achieve a pass for a unit, a learner must have
successfully achieved the learning outcomes at the
set by the assessment
criteria for t
hat unit.
To achieve merit or distinction, the learner must demonstrate that
they have achieved the
set for these grades
Learners cannot omit completing
work to meet the pass standard
and simply work to the higher grades, as this would
put a
pass for the unit in jeopardy. Similarly learners cannot complete work to meet the
for distinction in the anticipation that this will also meet the
for merit.
where work for the pass standard
is marginal, assessors can take into account any
extension work completed as this may support achievement of the pass standard
There is no external assessment (i
.e. exams) attached to any unit.
ATHE will provide a
sample assignment for each unit whic
h can be used as the assessment for the unit.
These assign
ments have extension activities,
which enable the learners to provide
additional evidence to show that the
for the higher grades have been met. The
assessor therefore must judge
he grade for the work submitted on the basis of whether
the LO has been met at the standard
, specified for the pass, merit or distinction grade for
that LO.
In making their judgements assessors will continue to check whether the
command verbs stated in t
he AC have been delivered.
There is no requirement for
learners to produce
additional work
for the higher grades and the tutor may
advise the learner to work to the pass standard
, where this is appropriate
The assessor should record their
s on the
, stating what grade
the learner has achieved and providing evidence for the judgement
. The internal verifier
can also use the
ATHE IV template but the feedback to the assessor must show whether
the assessor has made valid judgements for all the learner work, including any extension
activities which have been completed.
Assessment judgements always require care to
ensure that th
ey are reliable and that there is sufficient and specific feedback to the
learner to show whether he or she has
demonstrated achievement of the LO at
. The
additional grades mean that assessors must
take even greater
re to
sure the
validity of their judgements
. They must
specific feedback to
learners, on whether the additional evidence provided has
or has not
met the standard
for merit and distinction grades.
is therefore more complex.
We would encourage our centres to develop their own assessment strategies so you
have the opportunity to put assignments in a context that is appropriate for your learners.
Any assignments that you devise will need to be submitted to ATHE for approval befo
delivery of the programme. Centres can submit assignments for approval using the
Devised Assignment’ template documentation available on the ATHE website.
An assignment can relate to a single unit or an integrated assignment, incorporating
re than one unit
. An integrated assignment must show which learning outcomes and
assessment criteria from which units are being covered


Entry Requirements
designed for learners who are typically aged 1
and above.
ATHE’s policy regarding access to our qualifications i
s that:
they should be available to everyone who is capable of reaching the required
they should be free from any barriers that restrict access and progression
there should be equal opportunities for all those wishing to access the
Centres should review the prior qualifications and experience of each learner and
consider whether they provide the necessary foundations to undertake the programme of
study at level
For learners with disabilities and specific needs, this review will
need to
take account of the support available to the learner during teaching and assessment of
the qualification.
For learners who have recently been in education or training the entry profile is likely to
include one of following:
5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above
other related level
other equivalent international
Learners must also have an appropriate standard of English to enable them to access
relevant resources and complete the unit assignments.
Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely
to include
relevant work experience (paid and/or unpaid), participation and/or achievement of
relevant qualifications. This may be used for recognition of prior learning (RPL).
Please note that UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI) requires adult students to
have acceptable English language ability before they can apply to become an adult
student under Tier 4 (General) of the points
based system. As an education provider yo
must ensure that the applicant is competent in the English language at a minimum of
CEFR level B1 for a qualification at levels 3
Centres are required to recruit learners to qualifications with integrity
. Centres must carry
out robust initial assess
ment to ensure that learners who undertake th
have the necessary background knowledge, understanding and skills to undertake the
learning and assessment at level
. ATHE will review centre recruitment policies as part
of their monitoring pr