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ABE Level 5 Diploma in Business Management (Higher)

QCF Level 5

This Association of Business Executive (ABE) course prepares students for employment roles including Management Trainee and Secretary. The Higher Diploma contains a range of modules which are relevant to general management and to business. 

Students who successfully complete the Level 5 Higher Diploma may progress to the Level 6 Graduate Diploma in Business Management. 

Course Structure

Six mandatory modules: 

- Quantitative Methods for Business Management 
- The Business Environment 
- Financial Accounting 
- Marketing Policy, Planning and Communication 
- Organisational Behaviour 
- Human Resource Management 

Two optional modules from: 

- Principles of Business Law 
- Managerial Accounting 
- Economics for Business 
- Managing the Customer Relationship 

The three-hour written external examinations are held twice a year (usually the first week in June and December). ABE manages the entire examination process. 

Entry Requirements
• Minimum age: 18 
• Applicants must have attained at least one of the following:

  • An ABE Level 4 Diploma or equivalent
  • Two GCE A Levels or any Level 3 equivalent together with four GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English and Mathematics
  • BTEC National Diploma or international equivalent
  • An Access Certificate from a UK College of Further Education
  • Any NVQ Level 3 qualification

• Applications are also welcomed from students who do not hold a formal entry qualification but have been in appropriate employment for at least two years. A signed and dated reference letter from the student's employer(s) must accompany all such applications.
• English language: Minimum IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent)

Key Information
Awarding Body: The Association of Business Executives
Hours per week: 15 – 18 
Mode of Study: Full time 
Duration: 1 year

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