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The objective of the OTHM Level 3 Diploma in Business Management qualification is to provide learners with an in-depth understanding of the operations and structure of businesses.

The qualification will provide learners with the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills associated with business activities. It will prompt research, investigation and review of aspects of business which include Business Communication, The Business Environment, People Management, Customer Service, Finance and Marketing.

After completing OTHM Level 3 Diploma in Business Management a learner should be able to demonstrate and/or work with:

Knowledge and Understanding

  • An appreciation of the body of knowledge that constitutes a discipline of business.

  • A range of knowledge, facts, theories, ideas, properties, materials, terminology, practices and techniques about, and associated with, business , its functions and its context.

  • Apply knowledge, skills and understanding using some of the basic, routine practices, techniques to address set situations and/or problems related to the business management of organisations.

  • Relating field of business, functions of business, industries, sector to a range of practical and/or commonplace applications.

Entry requirements

The OTHM Level 3 Diploma in Business Management qualification can be offered to learners from age 16. There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification, but learners admitted to the programme must have sufficient capability at the right level to undertake the learning and assessment.


OTHM qualifications at Level 3 represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competences that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to GCE AS/A Levels.

Qualification structure

The OTHM Level 3 Diploma in Business Management qualification consists of 6 mandatory units making a combined total of 120 credits, 1200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 480 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

Mandatory units
  • Communication for Business (20 credits)

  • The Business Environment (20 credits)

  • People Management (20 credits)

  • Customer Service (20 credits)

  • Finance in Business (20 credits)

  • Marketing (20 credits)

Duration and delivery

The qualification is designed to be delivered over 6 months for full-time study, but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning. The qualification is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, and distance/online learning

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