The Level 3 University Foundation Program is a 60 credit qualification (equivalent to one A-level) that helps students learn key concepts and a range of management procedures required to work within a business setting. It has been specifically developed to provide the knowledge required for students to work effectively, both as individuals and team players. It is needless to emphasize that Management skills are the key to generate, maintain and grow businesses.

Course Overview

This course is most suited to individuals who are at least 16 years old, have a high school education and wish to progress onto a degree at university, or the Undergraduate Level 4/5 Extended Diploma in Management with College of Birmingham.

Course Fees

The fee for enrolling onto the level 3 course is £1300.

Students can make payment using one of the following methods:

  • Credit or Debit Card
  • Bank Transfer
  • Interest Free Monthly installments
  • Paypal
  • Western Union

The Course Fee includes

  • All Course Material, including online modules and written assignments.
  • Personal tutor support with 1-2-1 Skype sessions
  • Dedicated student support
  • Access to an online Social Learning forum
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Guidance for designing/writing CV, upon completion of the course.
Level: 3 Module Listing

An introduction to marketing

Marketing is a key business function covering a wide range of activities and employing many people. This module develops the knowledge necessary to understand the key concepts of the marketing mix, marketing planning, and marketing research. As an introduction to marketing, it explains the strategic purpose of the marketing function and how it contributes to business success

An introduction to the business environment

This module will explain different types of business and their ownership exist in an economy. Learners will understand the role of the owner and stakeholders to fulfill the purpose of business. The module will help learners to understand how businesses are organized to achieve their targets. This module will also help to understand the way in which the economic, political, legal and social environment can impact businesses giving the learner an understanding of the range of businesses.

Business communication

Effective communication is a key area in terms of its contribution to business success. When studying this module, learners will gain a thorough understanding of the types of business information used both internally and externally by organizations and the methods used to communicate information to different audiences. In this module, learners will have the opportunity to develop, analyze and evaluate a range of methods used to communicate different types of business information and will understand the purpose of such communication. They will also produce and evaluate different types of business communication of their own

Business resources

The module will explain how a range of resources, including human, physical, technological and financial resources, are used and managed within the business. This module will help the learner to have an understanding of how human resources are managed and of the employability and personal skills required of personnel in an organization. Learners will gain an understanding of the purpose of managing resources effectively, not only in relation to human resources but also in terms of physical and technological resources.

Human resource management

This module will describe as the most valuable resource of any organization, its human capital. All resources, especially the most valuable, need to be managed in order to obtain the greatest value from them. The module provides an overview of some of the key areas that fall within the remit of the human resources function. By the end of this module, learners will gain an understanding of the factors that are taken into account by organizations when planning their human resource management. They will also learn how organizations gain employee motivation and employee commitment.

Recruitment and selection in business

This module is about how an organization recruits and selects staff. Learners will gain knowledge and understanding of the process that a business has to go through when recruiting staff. Learners will prepare documents necessary to help select the right person for the job and plan to take part in a selection interview. They will have a broad understanding of the legislation surrounding recruitment and selection and be able to explain how these laws affect a business. As part of this, learners will consider the role of the Human Resource department. This will help them understand the vital role that the HR department plays in helping an organization achieve its business objectives and will help them in the future when attending a job interview or participating in a selection panel.

Written Assignments

The ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business has 6 modules and 6 written assignments. On completion of the modules, students will be given access to the assignments. The assignments are approximately 5000-8000 words each. Students are provided support on the modules and assignments via the ‘Tutor’ section of the learning platform.

The Assignment unit titles that students need to complete for the level 3 course are:

  • An introduction to marketing
  • An introduction to the business environment
  • Business communication
  • Business resources
  • Human resource management
  • Recruitment and selection in business
University Progression

University Progression

On completion of this course students will have the opportunity to apply for admission onto a full BA Degree program from a range of UK universities. Alternatively students can opt to study our Level 4/5 Extended Diploma in Management and then go on to complete a BA Top Up at a range of UK universities.

University of Sunderland – On Campus

BA (Hons) Business and Management (Year 1 ) – £9250

Birmingham City University – On Campus

  • BA (Hons) Marketing (Professional Practice) fee £9,000, duration Full Time 3 years
  • BA (Hons) Business – progression from ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business, fees £9,000 (UK or EU) or £12,000 (international), duration Full time 3 years / Sandwich 4 years
  • BSc (Hons) Business Accountancy, fees £9,000 (UK or EU) or £12,000 (international), duration Full time 3 years / Sandwich 4 years