Business Management

Successful organisations, whether large or small, are well managed. The development of management skills within an organisation is an essential part of continued business growth.

Why study the Business Management programme?


ABE's Business Management programme is a comprehensive and detailed programme which covers the knowledge and skills required in modern business practice. The programme will provide you with an appreciation of the theoretical issues involved in the study of business whilst also helping you to develop a range of practical skills which will enhance your value to employers. Major topics covered in the Business Management programme include management, marketing, economics and accounting.

To aid you in your studying of the Business Management programme, ABE has developed a series of Study Manuals for Levels 4, 5 and 6. These books cover all the learning outcomes of the respective syllabuses and are essential reading for all Business Management students, and for students who are studying other ABE programmes which have units which are common to the Business Management programme. These manuals can be ordered in book format, CD-ROM or downloaded as a PDF via the Members Area once you have registered with ABE. Click here to download the order form.

Career Opportunities


The positions below are examples of jobs currently held by ABE Business Management qualification holders. The list is not exhaustive as ABE qualifications are applicable to a wide range of vocations.

Level 4 Diploma in Business Management - Administration or Accounts Assistant
Level 5 Diploma in Business Management - Management Trainee or Supervisor
Level 6 Diploma in Business Management - Office Manager or General Manager

The Level 3 Diploma in Business Management is available in the UK from September 2014 and in the rest of the world from early 2015. The qualification is designed to help you secure employment, and improve your performance, in a wide variety of entry level roles as the skills and knowledge covered are applicable to any industry.

Programme structure


The Business Management programme from Level 4 comprises three pathways*

1. Business Management pathway
2. Business Management – Management of Information Systems pathway
3. Business Management – Financial Management pathway

The pathways are split into three levels: Level 4 Diploma, Level 5 Diploma and Level 6 Diploma as shown in the table below.

ABE has also developed the Extended Diploma in Business Management, comprising 13 units in one stand-alone qualification. It is accredited by Ofqual as a Level 6 qualification. The programme can still be taken as two separate qualifications at Levels 5 and 6. For more information about this qualification, please click here.


Current qualifications offered by the Business Management programme for all pathways:

*Click on the titles below to read the specifications for that qualification*

Qualification Title No. of Units Ofqual No.
ABE Level 3 Diploma in Business Management (UK only) 5 (601/3485/9)
ABE Level 4 Diploma in Business Management 4 (500/8792/7)
ABE Level 5 Diploma in Business Management 8 (600/6110/8)
ABE Level 6 Diploma in Business Management 5 (600/6055/4)
ABE Level 6 Extended Diploma in Business Management 13 (600/6087/6)
ABE Level 7 Diploma in Business Management 5 (501/2245/9)

To download a programme brochure for Levels 4,5,6 and 7- click here.

To download a programme brochure for Level 3 only - click here.

* What is a pathway?
ABE’s Level 4, 5 and 6 Diplomas in Business Management are divided into three separate ‘pathways’. A pathway is a combination of units (with some options within them) which enable you to specialise in a particular area. The three pathways are Business Management, Financial Management, and the Management of Information Systems. All successful students will receive a Diploma in Business Management (at the appropriate level).


BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (BUSINESS MANAGEMENT PATHWAY)


Level 3 Diploma (UK only)

Compulsory units

  • Understanding the Organisational Context of Business
  • Understanding and Using Business Communication
  • Understanding Business Finance
  • Understanding and Using Business Information
  • Understanding and Using IT for Business

Click here to download the qualification handbook for the ABE Level 3 Diploma in Business Management (QCF).

Click here to download the qualification purpose statement for the ABE Level 3 Diploma in Business Management (QCF).


Level 4 Diploma

Compulsory units


* Click on the individual unit title to view the syllabus for that unit *

Click here to download the qualification purpose statement for the ABE Level 4 Diploma in Business Management (QCF).


Level 5 Diploma

Compulsory units


Optional units (choose two from)


* Click on the individual unit title to view the syllabus for that unit *


Level 6 Diploma

Compulsory units


Optional units (choose two from)


* Click on the individual unit title to view the syllabus for that unit *


Level 6 Extended Diploma

Compulsory units


Optional units (choose two from)


(and two units from)


* Click on the individual unit title to view the syllabus for that unit *


Level 7 Diploma

Students who wish to continue their studies after achieving an ABE Level 6 or Extended Diploma, may want to consider the Level 7 Diploma. More information about which can be found here:


  • To find out what the levels mean, please click here

  • To view entry requirements please click here

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