ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business

The ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business is a 60-credit qualification equivalent to an A Level or Access to HE qualification. It equips students with knowledge and understanding of the business environment and how businesses work.  It is recognised by employers, and students with this qualification can progress to Level 4 in Business. 


Our Level 3 Diploma in Business is awarded by Awards for Training and Higher Education (ATHE) and regulated by Ofqual. It is well respected by employers across the sector. This comprehensive programme consists of 60 credits and is suitable for students who want to develop knowledge and skills in Business Management and work towards the HND or university degree in Business.

This course provides you with an introduction to how all types of businesses work.   It includes an overview of the business environment and what functions businesses need to succeed.  It highlights the importance of effective communication, working in teams and carrying out meaningful market research. Successful students may progress to the ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Business and Management.

Unit 1 Business Environment10
Unit 2 How Businesses and Organisations Work10
Unit 3 Business Communication10
Unit 4 Working in Teams10
Unit 5 Market Research10

Course Details

Entry Requirements

Age: 18+


  • 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above or Grade 4 and above
  • Other related level 2 subjects such as English and Maths Functional Skills
  • Other equivalent international qualifications

English Language Level: 

Students without qualifications from majority English-speaking countries

  • IELTs 5
  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B1
  • Cambridge B1 Preliminary 140 or above
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A) 40.8 +
  • Functional Skills English Level 1 
  • Students with none of the above may be required to pass the TEC English language test.

Prior Experiential Learning:

Students with no formal qualifications may be considered if they are able to demonstrate prior learning through work experience.  This is assessed through a personal statement and interview.

All entry decisions are taken on an individual basis.

English Proficiency:

English proficiency is crucial for your academic success. Therefore, all applicants should have an appropriate standard of English, enabling them to access relevant learning resources and complete unit assignments with confidence. We offer support and resources to enhance your English language skills if needed, ensuring that language barriers don’t hinder your progress.

Why TEC?

Qualified Teachers: Our teachers hold recognised and relevant teaching and assessment qualifications and are experienced in teaching the subject to adults. They will find out about your individual needs and make sure that you are able to get the best out of the course.

Individual Focus: At Trent Education Centre, we believe in the power of individual attention. Our teaching and support staff will assess your needs and monitor your development throughout the course.  We will provide you with extra support if needed. We won’t treat you like a face in the crowd, but an individual with unique learning needs and interests.

Do you have more questions?

Contact us

Trent Education Centre,
2.3 Clarendon Park, Nottingham, 


How to Apply

Tell us a little about yourself and we’ll help with the rest. Our convenient online application tool only takes 10 minutes to complete.

After you submit your application, an admissions representative will contact you and will help you to complete the process.

We will let you know if your application is successful.  If it is, you can enrol into the course and start studying.


Are you ready to take the next step toward your future career?