Level 4 Diploma in Business Management


Business Management

Level 4 Diploma in Business Management

Get a job, a promotion or entry on to a Bachelor’s degree with an internationally recognized UK qualification in business management!

The business management programme covers the knowledge and skills you need to work and succeed in business. It starts with the introductory Level 4 Diploma in Business Management and progresses through Levels 5 and 6 to the postgraduate Level 7 Diploma. The Diploma is awarded by the UK’s Association of Business Executives (ABE) and is on the UK Government’s Register of Regulated Qualifications.

Total fees   £1192
plus ABE fees    £405
Initial student registration fee  £45

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First unit (plus £45 ABE registration and £50 assessment)    £154
remaining seven units each (plus ABE assessment £50)    £154

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Note: ABE has changed its qualifications from the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). The structure of a Diploma in Business Management at levels 4, 5 and 6 remains the same, but there are now a new set of units with new titles and syllabuses. So for students who are part way through a diploma based on the QCF, click here to learn more about this transition.

Who is it for?

The course is intended for supervisors, team leaders and managers of private, not for profit and public sector organisations.


The ABE Level 4 Diploma in Business Management (Ofqual Qualification number 603/1572/6)  consists of eight units:

  • Dynamic Business Environments
  • Enterprising Organisations
  • Employability and Self-development
  • Finance for Managers
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods
  • Project Management
  • Dynamic and Collaborative Teams

Entry Requirements

You must have suitable academic and or work experience such as:

  • A Level 3 qualification or equivalent
  • Evidence of employment

and you should be able to demonstrate competence in English language (if English is not your primary language) by attainment of one of the following (or equivalent):

  • Minimum IELTS 5.5
  • Cambridge ESOL – Cambridge English First
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) – 51
  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) – B2

What is included?

The units are taught through our Teaching Zone by a mixture of recorded lectures coupled with essential reading texts and exercises. You will have a personal tutor who is a subject expert whom you can contact if you have any questions.

As it is delivered through our Teaching Zone you also gain free access to our Manager’s tool kit and effective learning skills sections along with entry to the student lounge discussion forum.

ABE initial registration and examination fees are included . Please note that if you do not complete the qualification within one year, you will need to renew your student membership with ABE at your own expense. Resist, appeals or other examination charges are not included.


The Learning Outcomes show what you will be able to do or what you will know.

Dynamic Business Environments

You will:

  • Explain the role of business economics in understanding markets and the potential impact of current economic issues
  • Discuss how analysing external environments enables the development of successful business strategies
  • Discuss how analysing internal environments enables the development of successful business strategies
  • Discuss how analysing competitive environments enables the development of successful business strategies

Enterprising Organisations

You will:

  • Explain the various legal formations and status of private, public, and not-for-profit organisations
  • Identify traditional and contemporary organisational structures
  • Explain methods by which organisations are managed strategically and operationally
  • Assess the role of organisational infrastructure, and its impact upon organisational performance

Employability and Self-development

You will:

  • Explain the concept of employability, its relevance and value to both employing organisations and individuals
  • Assess your own skill set in terms of employability and use it to write a unique curriculum vitae (CV) and complete relevant job applications, maximizing your potential value to an employer
  • Outline how your skillset can be used to demonstrate your employability during the recruitment and selection process
  • Appraise how employability skills can help establish you in a new job role and become part of the team
  • Using a process of self-awareness and self-reflection, summarize opportunities for personal
  • Development planning in order to ensure you maintain your value as an employee and advance your career potential

Finance for Managers

You will:

  • Explain the purpose of financial and management accounting
  • Interpret financial statements to review the performance of business organisations and report to stakeholders
  • Prepare cash flow forecasts and financial budgets to aid management decision making
  • Demonstrate the use of costing and pricing methods to contribute to business decision making

 Introduction to Entrepreneurship

You will:

  • Explain the benefit of entrepreneurship and innovation to an economy and how new businesses can impact communities
  • Discuss the characteristics and motivation of entrepreneurs and how an entrepreneur builds and converts an idea into a successful business
  • Explain the key factors for developing an innovative enterprise
  • Create a business plan and pitch for a business idea

Introduction to Quantitative Methods

You will:

  • Apply numeracy and quantitative techniques for use in day-to-day business activities
  • Apply algebraic methods to formulate and solve business problems
  • Discuss the process of gathering business and management data
  • Analyse data using statistical tools and interpret the results

Project Management

You will:

  • Discuss the concept of the project life cycle in a variety of business organisations and contexts
  • Develop a project plan based on a set of input data
  • Calculate a resource-based budget for a project based on a set of inputs
  • Explain how a project could be monitored and controlled during the execution phase

Dynamic and Collaborative Teams

You will:

  • Describe the nature of teams within modern organisations and the difficulties associated with team working within different organisational structures
  • Describe the principles and benefits of effective team working and how collaborative working can be fostered
  • Explain the principles of effective team management and why it is important for the work of teams to be led, organised, and monitored
  • Outline the main reasons why team working can become dysfunctional and what can be done to re-establish collaborative working
  • Analyse your own skills and team working traits in order to understand how you can contribute effectively to team working

How do I study and how long does it take?

There are eight units in total and each one should take 150 hours total qualification time, which is the total time you are likely to spend studying including all your time spent on listening to the lectures, reading the online information, reading the workbooks, using the software, undertaking the exercises, discussions with other students and completing the assignments or revising for the exam. The qualification is taught online, so you can start at any time as you are not restricted by term times. You will receive your log in and password for the Teaching Zone as soon as we have received payment. All you need is Internet access!

The time it takes in practice is up to you, and will vary depending on your commitment and how easy you find it to study.

How is it assessed?

The following units are assessed by a Timed Open-book exam in May or November:

  • Dynamic Business Environments
  • Enterprising Organisations
  • Finance for Managers
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods
  • Project Management
  • Dynamic and Collaborative Teams

The following units are assessed by a 3,000 word assignment in March, May or November:

  • Employability and Self-development
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Please note that the Timed Open-book exams and assignments are submitted electronically and are not restricted to any country.