Diploma in Business

Entry requirements

Our ATHE Level 3 Diploma in Business aims to provide students with the fundamental business and academic skills they need to get ahead in life. It is delivered through a combination of remote and face to face teaching. This ensures maximum flexibility for students who can enjoy both autonomous and in class learning at their own pace. The programme is designed to cater individual learner needs and our experienced tutors and lecturers always ensure student support. 

The programme is designed to lead you to multiple progression routes. The tutors and lecturers give support through individual IAG sessions to their students to help them identify and progress to different progression routes such as: be entrepreneurs, studying for higher education, getting on board with teaching. It is ideal for progression to BAJ Business School’s Higher National Diploma in Business, entrepreneurship and small business management or marketing pathways. You can also utilise your gained knowledge and skills into administration, IT, accounting, e-marketing, leadership and HR related distinguished jobs.  

Course overview

The methods used across this course are varied to enable access to the curriculum for all students. Usual delivery methods include lectures, classroom discussions, case studies, group work and presentations.

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Entry requirements

Applicants must be over 19 years old. 

Applicants must have 5 GCSE or more at grades 4-5 (C), or a Level 2 equivalent. 

Mature applicants without formal qualifications require 2 or more years of work experience, a personal statement, English and Maths assessment equivalent to CEFR level B2 (CEFR – The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). 


After application, there will also be a one-to-one interview session to understand applicants’ motivations to learn. 


Initial skills tests are used to help identify gaps and to ensure appropriate learning support can be provided.

Fees & funding

2023: £1,987

The course may be fully funded through Advanced Learner Loans or National Skills Funding. 93% of level 3 diploma students at BAJ received funding for their course in 2021. To find out if you could be eligible for full funding or a government funded loan, contact our recruitment team. 

What you will learn


The course has been designed for learners who wish to progress to a business or management degree and may not have the traditional entry qualifications usually required. The course is ideal for progression to BAJ Business School’s Higher National Diploma in Business, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management or Marketing pathways.
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