OTHM Level 5 Extended Diploma in Business Management


The objective of the OTHM Level 5 Extended Diploma in Business Management qualification is to provide learners with a specialist work-related programme of study that provides a depth of knowledge and understanding of key aspects within the business sector.

Learners will study level 4 and 5 units, worth 120 credits per academic year with a total credit value of 240 credits (equivalent to the first 2 years of an honours degree). All units are mandatory.

The Level 4 units lay the foundations of learning by providing an introduction to contemporary Business topics.

The units combine both theoretical and practical knowledge in the profession and will develop and enhance knowledge and skills in the areas of academic and research skills, business and global operations, finance and accounting, communication, leadership and team working.

The Level 5 units give learners the opportunities to apply key skills and techniques in a variety of relevant occupational areas. The programme of study provides learners with an opportunity to engage with the challenges facing managers, professionals and policy makers in their own country. Learners will develop and enhance knowledge and skills in the areas of business strategy, human resources, marketing, business law, management accounting and decision making and understand the requirements for staring a new business.

Successful completion of this qualification will equip learners with the specialist skills and technical terminology to develop their business and management skills and to progress to further study or employment


Level 4: 6 Mandatory units:

  • Academic Writing and Research Skills (20 credits)
  • Business Operations (20 credits)
  • Communication in Business (20 credits)
  • Finance and Accounting (20 credits)
  • Leading and Managing Teams (20 credits)
  • Operating in a Global Context (20 credits)

Level 5: 6 Mandatory units:

  • Principals and Concepts of Strategy (20 credits)
  • The Management of Human Resources (20 credits)
  • Marketing for Managers (20 credits)
  • Business Law for Managers (20 credits)
  • Management Accounting for Decision Making (20 credits)
  • Business Start-up; Conception to Market (20 credits)

Entry requirements

These qualifications are designed for learners who are typically aged 18 and above.

The entry profile for learners is likely to include at least one of the following:

  • Relevant Level 3 Diploma qualification or equivalent qualification
  • GCE Advanced level in 2 subjects or equivalent qualification
  • Mature learners (over 21) with relevant management experience (learners must check with the delivery centre regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)
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