Undergraduate level qualifications

120 credits (online)

Ofqual Qualification Number: 603/2174/X

Course description


OTHM Level 4 Diploma in Business Management qualification is to provide you with an excellent foundation for building a career in a range of organisations. It is designed to ensure each student is "business ready": a confident, independent thinker with a detailed knowledge of business and management and equipped with the skills to adapt rapidly to change. The content of OTHM Level 4 Diploma in Business Management qualification is focused on managing business communication, understanding the business environment and organisations in a global context, business functions including people management, quantitative methods in business, finance for managers, research and academic writing.  The qualification is ideal for those who have started, or are planning to move into, a career in private or public sector business. Successful completion of the Level 4 Diploma in Business Management qualification will enable learners to progress to further study or employment.


Entry requirements

For entry onto the OTHM Level 4 Diploma in Business Management qualification, you must possess:

1. Relevant NQF/QCF Level 3 Award/Diploma or at the level of GCE/GCSE or equivalent

2. Mature students (over 21) with management experience (please check with LSBE regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)

3. Students must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the course

4. English requirements: As this qualification is taught in English, you must have an appropriate level of English for entry onto the OTHM qualifications. If you are not from a majority English-speaking country, you must provide evidence of English language competency. For more information visit the English Language Expectations page. If you do not hold any certificate, LSBE will provide you with an English Level Test for free. Please contact us.



OTHM qualifications at Level 4 represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competences that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to Higher National Certificates (HNC) and Year 1 of a three-year UK Bachelor's degree programme.


Qualification Structure and Content

OTHM Level 4 Diploma in Business Management consists of 6 mandatory units for a combined total of 120 credits, 1200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 480 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

Mandatory Units:

Research and Academic Writing (20 credits) 

Enables you to develop effective research plans, to evaluate different research methods, to use a high standard of academic writing, and to use independent learning techniques to support their self-development

Business Environment (20 credits) 

Develops your understanding of the dimensions of the business environment, including various business types and purpose.

Introduction to Business Communication (20 credits) 

Enhances your business communication skills and enable them to operate confidently in the business world.

Introduction to Quantitative Methods (20 credits) 

Reviews the basic concepts in mathematics, algebraic equations, graph construction, matrix algebra and probability that need to be understood by all business students

Introduction to Business Functions (20 credits) 

Develops your understanding of businesses types and various external influences on organisations such as the comparative environmental framework

Introduction to Finance (20 credits) 

Develops your understanding of the current regulations governing financial reporting, as well as the purpose and formats of financial statements for different users.

Duration and delivery

OTHM Level 4 Diploma in Business Management qualification is designed to be delivered over one academic year if you chose to study full-time, however it is also flexible to accommodate part-time and distance learning. At LSBE, the OTHM Level 4 Diploma in Business Management qualification is taught through online learning (Learning Management System and weekly live webinars).


Assessment and Verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre 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, you must provide evidence to demonstrate that you have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. The judgement that the students have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor. The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the students’ the overall achievement has been arrived at.



Successful completion of the Level 4 Diploma in Business Management provides learners with the opportunity for a wide range of academic progressions including OTHM Level 5 Diploma in Business Management. As this  OTHM qualification is approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), students are eligible to gain direct entry into Year 2 of a three-year UK Bachelor’s degree programme. For more information visit OTHM University Progressions page.


Technical requirements

As this qualification is taught through distance learning format, you will be studying online. Therefore, you must have access to a desktop or laptop computer and broadband internet connection.