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OTHM – Level 3 Diploma in Business Management


RQF Level 3


Ofqual Regulated Qualification


OTHM Qualifications


6 months – 12 months


Online (Self-Paced)


Assessment Method

Assignments / Report Writing


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.


Generic Skills

  • Obtain, organise and use factual, theoretical and/or hypothetical information in drawing conclusions and suggest solutions to business organisations.
  • Use a wide range of skills, such as ICT, basic analysis of range of numerical and graphical data and effective written and oral communication.
  • Take responsibility for carrying out a range of activities where the overall goal is clear, under non-directive supervision.
  • Exercise some supervisory responsibility, work in teams, evaluate the work of others and make use of limited resources efficiently.

Successful completion of this qualification will support learners progressing to university, and to provide learners with the requisite skills and knowledge to enter the world of work in their chosen sector.

Course Outline

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

Qualification Accreditation Number (QAN): (603/7795/1)

  • Delivered 100% online
  • Program available to UK, EU and International students
Unit Ref. No. Mandatory Units Credit GLH TQT
F/618/8192 Communication for Business 20 80 200
J/618/8193 The Business Environment 20 80 200
L/618/8194 People Management 20 80 200
R/618/8195 Customer Service 20 80 200
Y/618/8196 Finance in Business 20 80 200
D/618/8197 Marketing 20 80 200

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


OTHM Level 3 Diploma in Business Management is designed to be accessible without artificial barriers restricting access and progression. For entry to the Qualification, learners will be expected to hold the following:

  • For learners wishing to study and are non-native English speakers, they must have a minimum level of English language competency*.
  • Be age 16 years or above
  • Good understanding of ICT
  • Qualifications at Level 2 and/or;
  • Work experience in a business environment and demonstrate ambition with clear career goals;
  • Level 3 qualification in another discipline and want to develop their careers in business management.

Note: Learner must ensure that he/she fulfils the requirement before purchasing qualification.

For further information, please click here and find out the clear guidelines.


*English requirements:

Proof of language proficiency: A learner not from a majority English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language competency. For more information, visit Language Expectations & FAQs relating to the English language entry requirements.

Who is This Course For?

The diploma in business management is suitable for anyone seeking a qualification to develop their skills in Business Management. This qualification will improve your understanding of the management of organisations and their businesses. This could be a good starting point for anyone wishing to gain knowledge about Business Management or those looking for a new career path.


Successful completion of the OTHM Level 3 Diploma in Business Management provides learners with the opportunity for various academic progressions, including the OTHM Level 4 Diploma in Business Management.


All units are internally assessed by Inspire London College and externally verified by OTHM. The qualifications are criterion referenced based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria.

The Assessor judges that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria.


OTHM Qualifications are approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation). Visit the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications.

OTHM has a progression arrangement with several UK universities that acknowledges learners’ ability after studying Level 3-7 qualifications to be considered for advanced entry into corresponding degree year/top-up and Master’s/top-up programmes.


OTHM Qualifications (Awarding Body) only issues verifiable certificates and Transcripts electronically and securely in PDF format (without additional charges).

If you want a hard copy of the Certificate and Transcript, you can claim it by paying an extra fee:

  • Certificate and Transcript + Standard postage charges local = £60
  • Certificate and Transcript + Standard postage charges International = £70
  • Certificate and Transcript + Courier Services charges International = £100
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