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Level 4 in Business Management

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Duration: 10 months

Program pace: Self-pace

Credits: 120 credits

Language: English

Location: Fully Online

Tution Fee: 2.500 €

Equivalent to 1st year of BA University

The Online Business Academy Level 4 Diploma in Business Management is equal to the first year of Management studies at a university. Level 4 Diploma tracks students to the second year of an associated Undergraduate BA in Business and Management degree, which can either be completed on campus at a university or via distance learning. This course consists of ten modules and carries 120 credits. After finalizing this level, students can apply for an exemption from the first year of a university degree course. Each module consists of approximately 40 guided learning hours of material with an additional 30-50 hours of optional learning material. The program is entirely individual and self-paced, which means that students learn on their own.

To enroll in a Level 4 course, you must be at least 18 and have a full secondary education.

Entry Criteria

These qualifications provide a flexible route for learners who have already achieved management qualifications at a lower level. It is also for learners who do not have business or management qualifications but may have qualifications in other areas and/or prior management experience.

Age: 18 +

Entry profile:

  • A GCE Advanced level profile with achievements in two or more subjects supported by five or more GCSE exams with grades C and above
  • High School Diploma from countries that don’t follow the UK education standards
  • Other related Level 3 subjects
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate delivered by an approved further education institute and validated by an Access Validating Agency
  • Other equivalent international qualifications

The Level 4 Diploma in Management has ten modules and eight written assignments at each level. When students complete modules, they will get access to assignments. Each assignment consists of approximately 3000-5000 words.

The Assignment unit titles for the Level 4 course are:

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

Career Path

Successful completion of the full Level 4 Diploma in Management and final year of an accredited Undergraduate Degree program will give students the right credentials to apply for a job in marketing, accounting, human resources, management, or business consultancy.

Assessment at Online Business Academy is a very straightforward process:

After you have completed an online module, you will have an online assessment to complete. This assessment contains 30 multiple-choice questions that you must complete in one hour. However, we segmented the questions in sets of five, so you will have enough time to review and edit your answers. The test will automatically time out after an hour.

A student will get results immediately after completing the test. If you didn’t pass, you will receive a notification of a “refer” where you will have to retake a module assessment. You can complete these modules at your own pace, as there is no deadline to complete the course.

When you complete online modules, you will be able to take the final written assignments that test your knowledge and understanding of the modules.

This qualification provides you with a basic understanding of management and to help you develop essential management skills. The program is useful regardless if you have already achieved qualifications in management at a lower level or you do not have management qualifications at all. You may have already gained qualifications in other areas and/or prior relevant experience. This qualification is particularly relevant if you are seeking to progress to higher education to take a BA degree course in an area of management or you wish to progress your career in a management role.

The primary purpose of the qualification is to support progression to Level 5 of learning. However, through Level 4, you will acquire knowledge and understanding of management concepts and develop the key skills required to work in a management role in any sector. If you are newly appointed to a first management position, the qualification will help you develop in your role. If you are seeking a first management role, it will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to management that will enable you to apply for a management position with confidence. Through your selection of optional units, you can develop the particular knowledge and understanding that are relevant to your current responsibilities or your planned career development.

This qualification will help you to gain a broad foundation of knowledge, understanding, and skills relating to management across sectors, which will enable you to progress to Level 5 studies in management. Level 4 studies in management are equivalent to the first year of a bachelor’s degree and cover the same broad areas of management knowledge, understanding, and skills. Therefore, it provides a natural progression route to a management BA degree program in a higher education institution where you should be able to claim exemptions for some of the completed units.

You should take the Level 4 studies if:

  • You are relatively new to management or are seeking a first management role
  • Have already either achieved Level 3 qualifications, completed training at this level in a related area to management or have prior, relevant experience in the workplace
  • Want to develop a comprehensive set of knowledge, understanding, and skills relating to the management
  • Have sufficient time to achieve a qualification of 120 credits
  • You are planning to embark on a management degree course at a later point and are looking for a qualification that will be regarded as equivalent to the first year and therefore ‘count towards’ your degree.

EduWW Online Business Academy offers high-quality UK programs at affordable tuition fees. The tuition fee differs depending on the study program. Additionally, we allow students to pay it in monthly installments. 

Students are required to pay enrollment fees, as the first installment of tuition fees, in advance, and the rest will be divided into equal monthly payments. See the table below for more details. 

We accept online payment and wire transfer. The tuition fee covers all our services. We will not impose any additional or hidden expenses on your behalf. 


Program Tuition Fee Enrollment fee  Monthly installments Monthly fee
Level 4 2.500 euros 700 euros 10 180 euros

Students are required to pay an enrollment fee of 700 € in advance, while the rest of the tuition fee 1800€ can be paid in up to 10 installments, which is 180€ monthly. 

The course is Accredited by the ATHE and approved and regulated by OFQUAL.

Qualification Title

ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Business and Management

Qualification Number


Qualification Status

Available to learners

Owner organization


Qualification Level

Level 4

European Qualification Framework Level

Level 5

You can find out more by clicking on the following Ofqual register link

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Course Features

  • Lectures 70
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 10 months
  • Skill level 120 credits
  • Language English
  • Students 0
  • Assessments Yes
  • Developing Personal Skills 8

    Developing Personal Skills Develop a range of personal skills vital to the world of business. Concentrating on communication, leadership and decision making techniques.

    • Lecture1.1
      Numeracy in business – financial information, stock levels, graphical representation
    • Lecture1.2
      The communication cycle and media
    • Lecture1.3
      Gathering information – interviews and questionnaires
    • Lecture1.4
      Non-verbal behaviour
    • Lecture1.5
      Role of managers – Luthan’s activities
    • Lecture1.6
      Culture and diversity – Hofstede’s ideas
    • Lecture1.7
      Teams and team roles – Belbin, Tuckman
    • Lecture1.8
      Creative thinking
  • Effective Communication 7

    Communication is the key to effective operations and working effectively with others. Throughout this module, learners will grasp a range of communication techniques used for a variety of commercial purposes.

    • Lecture2.1
      The communication cycle
    • Lecture2.2
      Image and communication
    • Lecture2.3
      Use of ICT
    • Lecture2.4
      Regulation – privacy, preventing loss, Data Protection Act
    • Lecture2.5
      Management communication – presentations, bids, tenders, proposals
    • Lecture2.6
      Communication failure
    • Lecture2.7
      Effects of culture – Hofstede, Trompenaars, Schein
  • The Business Environment 7

    Explore issues outside of the business that may affect the business and its operations. Considering economics, international dimensions, nature, and competition.

    • Lecture3.1
      Influence of macro-environment – PESTLE analysis
    • Lecture3.2
      The micro-environment – Porter’s Five Forces analysis and expanded version, SWOT analysis
    • Lecture3.3
      Organisational structure and culture
    • Lecture3.4
      Vision and missions
    • Lecture3.5
      Core competencies and skills
    • Lecture3.6
      Managing change
    • Lecture3.7
      Globalisation – elements, effects, responses
  • Marketing Mix 7

    Exploring and using the marketing mix as part of the business planning process.

    • Lecture4.1
      Marketing overview – PESTLE analysis, Porter’s Five Forces framework
    • Lecture4.2
      Market segmentation
    • Lecture4.3
      Portfolio analysis
    • Lecture4.4
      Market positioning
    • Lecture4.5
      The buying process
    • Lecture4.6
      The marketing mix – 4Ps and 7Ps extended mix
    • Lecture4.7
      Communication – customer value, branding
  • Strategic HRM 10

    This module looks at employees and people as a business’ most asset. Recruit the best, reward the best and retain the best.

    • Lecture5.1
      Relationships between business strategy and human resource strategy
    • Lecture5.2
      Human resource planning – job analysis, skills
    • Lecture5.3
      The labour market – PESTLE, SWOT
    • Lecture5.4
      Job description and person specification
    • Lecture5.5
    • Lecture5.6
    • Lecture5.7
      Human resource policies and procedures
    • Lecture5.8
    • Lecture5.9
    • Lecture5.10
      Employee representation
  • Managing Ethically 7

    Explore the various theories and models of management and their different contexts.

    • Lecture6.1
      Importance of ethics and ethical principles – codes of practice
    • Lecture6.2
      Ethical organisations
    • Lecture6.3
      Role of stakeholders
    • Lecture6.4
      Employment legislation
    • Lecture6.5
      Recruitment, selection and discrimination
    • Lecture6.6
      Corporate Social Responsibility
    • Lecture6.7
      Corporate governance
  • Culture and the Organisation 5

    What is meant by culture? Why is it important? How does it differ between organizations?

    • Lecture7.1
      Models of culture – Schein, Johnson & Scholes
    • Lecture7.2
      Influence of culture – Schneider
    • Lecture7.3
      Organisational structure
    • Lecture7.4
      Developing teams – Belbin roles, Tuckman
    • Lecture7.5
      Managing and changing culture
  • Fundamentals of Accounting 6

    On completion of this module, learners will understand accounts and how they can be used to give insight into the health of the organization.

    • Lecture8.1
      Basic bookkeeping processes
    • Lecture8.2
      Essential accounting methods
    • Lecture8.3
      Financial statements – preparation, uses, limitations
    • Lecture8.4
      Balance sheet
    • Lecture8.5
      Profit and loss account
    • Lecture8.6
      Cash flow statement
  • Financial Management and Control 5

    In this module, learners will compare some examples of good and bad financial decision making and the impact on the business.

    • Lecture9.1
      Cash and working capital
    • Lecture9.2
    • Lecture9.3
      Financial management – use of financial statements
    • Lecture9.4
      Sources of finance
    • Lecture9.5
      Accounting standards – GAAP, SSAP, FRS, IAS
  • Customers and Customer Service 8

    After completing the module, the student should be able to describe the importance of focusing on customer needs and wants when marketing products and services.

    • Lecture10.1
      Relationship marketing – scope, development, 7Ps of marketing
    • Lecture10.2
      Internal and external customers
    • Lecture10.3
      Needs and wants
    • Lecture10.4
      Consumer behaviour – decision making, buying situations
    • Lecture10.5
    • Lecture10.6
      Delighted customers – customer service
    • Lecture10.7
      Effectiveness of marketing – brand recognition
    • Lecture10.8
      External influences – PESTLE, consumer groups