Business Management – (Level 4 & 5) course
The level 4/5 diploma in Business Management is a 240 credit course designed to fast track students to the final year of an associated undergraduate degree in business and management, which can either be completed at a UK university on campus or via distance learning.
The level 4 modules and assignments of this course are equivalent to the first year of a university degree. The Level 5 modules and assignments are equivalent to the second year of a university degree.
This course is made up of 10 level 4 modules (120 credits) and 10 level 5 modules (120 credits); each level also includes 6 written assignments. If a student decides to only study at level 4, they will receive 120 credits and 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. These materials comprise of recommended exercises, recommended readings and internet resources.
The fee for enrolling onto the level 4 and level 5 courses together is £3000. Alternatively students can enrol onto a single level (level 4 or 5) for £1800 each.
Students can make payment using one of the following methods:
- Credit or debit card
- Bank transfer
- All course material, including online modules and written assignments
- Student support
- Assignment marking and feedback
You can decide to top up to a full undergraduate degree through an accredited UK university after completion of this course:
- Coventry University
- University of Gloucestershire
- Northampton University
- University of Derby
- Westcliff University
- University of Hertfordshire
- University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)
- Edinburgh Napier University
- University of Sunderland – On Campus
- University of Bolton
- University of Cumbria
Our online business management, hotel and hospitality, and computing courses will help you obtain a diploma, which is recognised by employers and awarded by OFQUAL, the UK government higher education regulating body.
These diplomas can then be used as progression onto completion of a full undergraduate or postgraduate degree course, at an accredited UK or overseas university.
- Choose a course.
- Study the course modules.
- Complete online multiple-choice tests and written assignments
- Receive your certificate and university credits.
- Top up your qualifications and earn a BA degree or MBA.
Your degree or MBA will be awarded to you by the university you complete your final year with.
Our awarding body partners have direct links with UK universities, who accept the OFQUAL credits awarded from studying our courses.
Assessment at FastTrack is a straightforward process:
- After you have completed an online module, you will have an online assessment to complete. This assessment contains 30 multiple-choice questions. You will have one hour to complete these questions, which are answered in sets of five, so you will have plenty of time to review and edit your answers. After an hour, the test will automatically time out.
- After you have completed the test, your results will be displayed immediately. If you have passed, you will receive a certificate of completion. If you don’t pass, you will receive a notification of a “refer’’ where you will be told how to retake a module assessment. You can complete these modules at your own pace, as there is no deadline to complete the course.
- When the online modules have been successfully completed, you will then be able to take the final written assignments provided by FastTrack that test your knowledge and understanding of the modules. After successful completion of these assignments, you will receive your diploma from the OFQUAL awarding organization.
- You will then be eligible to apply for progression onto a top up course through a recognised UK university on campus or by distance learning.
To enrol onto the level 4 course, you must be at least 18 and have a full secondary education. Before enrolling onto the level 5 course, you must have attained a level 4 or equivalent.
Developing personal skills
Develop a range of personal skills vital to the world of business. Concentrating on communication, leadership and decision making techniques.
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.
The business environment
Explore issues outside of the business that may affect the business and its operations. Looking into economics, international dimensions, nature and competition.
The marketing mix
Exploring and using the marketing mix as part of the business planning process.
This module looks at employees and people as a business’ most valuable asset. Recruit the best, reward the best and retain the best.
Explore the various theories and models of management and their different contexts.
Culture and the organisation
What is meant by culture? Why is it important? How does it differ between organisations?
Customers and customer service
This module looks at customers as the fulcrum of any business.
Fundamentals of accounting
On completion of this module, learners will understand accounts and how they can be used to give insight into the health of the organisation.
Financial management and control
In this module, learners will compare and contrast some examples of good and bad financial decision making and the impact on the business.
The entrepreneurial manager
What is an entrepreneur? Examine the skills and qualities of entrepreneurship.
Why are organisations structured in the way they are? What determines the optimum structure and how does it differ between organisations? In this module, learners will look at the numerous models and theories that make up organisational structure.
Practical accounting analysis
Learners will complete exercises in accounts throughout this module to understand what they are telling us and the actions that analysis can precipitate.
Business planning and goal setting
What is the business trying to achieve? What will it do? How will it do it? This module focuses on the creation of clear goals and clear plans to achieve a clear objective.
Politics and business
Impact of politics on business and how it may help or hinder business. This module will educate learners on economic impact, exports and government support.
Explore the statutory responsibilities of managers as learners look into the legalities of business and business executives.
Managing in today’s world
Business in the modern world. This module focuses on governance and equality as a means to do right in business.
Understanding how your people and your business can continually improve together, learners will review reward structures, CPD, training and development to ensure high performance in business.
Marketing and sales planning
Learners will analyse how markets, customers, competitors and products can come together in a cohesive plan.
On successful completion of this module, learners will have knowledge of numeric exercises and will understand their use within the context of the business.
The Qualifi level 4/5 diploma in Business Management has 6 written assignments at each level. The assignments are approximately 2,000-3,000 words each.
The assignment unit titles for the level 4 course are:
- Managing change
- Communication in an organisation
- Business operations
- Leadership and the organisation
- Developing teams
- Financial awareness
The assignment unit titles for the level 5 course are:
- Business development
- Business models and growing organisations
- Customer management
- Responding to the changing business environment
- Risk management and organisations
- Effective decision making
Successful completion of the full level 4/5 diploma in management and final year of an accredited undergraduate degree programme will give students the right credentials to go on and apply for a job in marketing, accounting, human resources, management or business consultancy.