1Course Overview

Business Management Level 4 and 5

Course code: OBS022

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Boost your skills in Business Management from home and achieve an Ofqual regulated Level 4 and 5 Extended Diploma in Management qualification.

Combining both Levels 4 and 5, this course dives into the in-depth knowledge and skills of business and management, providing the equivalent to the first and second years of an Undergraduate degree.

It is ideal for:

  • Students who want to develop their business management skills
  • Learners that want to go onto university and further learning
  • Those aspiring to work or progress their career in business management

This course allows you to:

  • Fast track your skills to the final year of university standard
  • Develop the personal and team skills to be able to succeed in a working environment
  • Understand the financial, social and managerial aspects of a business
  • Study from home at your own pace

This course provides you with the equivalent skills and education of the first two years of an Undergraduate degree, at a pace that suits you.

Join over 75,000 other students who chose to improve their education and boost their employability through distance learning.

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2Course Content
Level 4 -
Module 1: Develop Personal Skills
  • Understand which personal skills are vital to the business world and why. 
Module 2: Effective Communication
  • Learn a range of vital communication skills and understand how and why they are used in different commercial purposes.
Module 3: The Business Environment
  • External factors that may affect the business and its operations, including economics, internal dimensions, nature and competition.
Module 4: The Marketing Mix
  • Gaining an understanding of the marketing mix and using it within the process of business planning. 
Module 5: Strategic HRM
  • Looking at employees as a business' most valuable asset, and how you can recruit, reward and obtain the best possible. 
Module 6: Managing Ethically
  • Exploring management theories and models and their different contexts. 
Module 7: Culture and the Organisation
  • Looking at culture, why its important and how it differs between organisations. 
Module 8: Customers and Customer Service
  • Looking at customers as a business' most valuable asset, and how you can recruit, reward and obtain the best possible. 
Module 9: Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Understanding accounts and how they can be used effectively to give valuable insight into the health and status of an organisation. 
Module 10:  Financial Management and Control
  • Reviewing good and bad financial decision making and the impact they have on a business. 
Level 5 -
Module 1: The Entrepreneurial Manager
  • Understanding the necessary skills and qualities of being an entrepreneur. 
Module 2: Organisation Structures
  • Examining the structure of organisations and why they are as such. How is this determined? Why does it differ between organisations?
Module 3: Practical Accounting Analysis
  • Learners will complete exercises in accounts throughout this module to understand what they are telling us and the actions that analysis can precipitate
Module 4: Business Planning and Goal Setting
  • Understand the importance of goal setting and how a company can work towards achieving this. 
Module 5: Politics and Business
  • Discover the impact that politics has on a business - positive and negative - economic impact, exports and the support of the government.
Module 6: Business Law
  • Explore the statutory responsibilities of managers as learners look into the legalities of business and business executives.
Module 7: Managing in Today’s World
  • Looking at governance and equality as a means to do right in business
Module 8: Performance Management
  • Evaluating the performance of the people within your business and how you can improve as a unit. Review reward structures, training, CPD and development. 
Module 9: Marketing and Sales Planning
  • Analyse markets, customers, competitors and products, and how they can come together. 
Module 10:  Quantitative Skills
  • Understand the use of numeric exercises and their purpose within a business. 
3Other Information

This course is assessed through online assessments and written assignments. Once you have completed each module, you will be provided with an online assessment of 30 multiple-choice questions to complete.

Once each module and online assessment is completed you will be provided with the details for each written assessment. Each assessment is between 3000 – 5000 words long.

The assessment titles for Level 4 are:

  • Applying Promotional Techniques
  • Business Environment
  • Communication Skills
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Finance for Managers
  • People in Organisations
  • Resources Management

The assessment titles for Level 5 are:

  • Managing Communications
  • Business Organisations in a Global Context
  • People Management
  • Finance for Managers
  • Research Project
  • Marketing Principles and Practice
  • Planning a New Business Venture
  • Business Law
Course Duration

You will have access to your course and mateirals for 5 years. This is more than enough time to give you flexibility to work at your own pace without the pressure of deadlines.

Each module contains 40 guided learning hours of study material, and an additional 30-50 hours of optional materials are also provided. These include resources such as exercises, additional reading, internet resources and self-testing exercises. 

Study Method

You will study this course via distance learning which means you are in control of your learning. Study when and where you choose and at a pace that suits you.

Throughout the duration of your studies, you will have access to 1-2-1 skype sessions with your tutor, interactive and informative webinars and an online social learning forum to help you along your journey.

Course Outcomes

This course is taught via Online Business School.

Upon completion of this course, students will receive an ATHE Level 4 and 5 Extended Diploma in Management qualification. This qualification is fully regulated by Ofqual.

The Level 4 modules and assessments are equivalent to the first year of an Undergraduate degree, and the Level 5 modules and assessments are equivalent to the second year of an Undergraduate degree. On completion of this course, students will be able to progress onto a final year of an accredited Undergraduate Degree programme or equivalent.


Your Questions Answered

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

In order to enrol onto this course, you must be at least 18 years of age and have completed secondary education.

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have five years to complete your studies. This course is truly flexible and adaptable around your lifestyle.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support with 1-2-1 Skype sessions
  • Dedicated student support
  • Access to an online Social Learning forum
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
Do I have to sit an exam?

No. This course is assessed based on tutor-marked assignments.

Are there any additional costs?

No, everything you need is included in the price!

How do I get my work assessed?

Each online multiple-choice assessment will be marked immediately, and the results will be shown on screen.

Once you have completed your written assessments, these will be marked and returned to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your certificate.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours a week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may also be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
  • Have a valid email address and can access it

Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee finance acceptance.

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