ABE Level 4 Diploma in Business Management

Programme Overview

Businesses and organisations require strong leadership and management skills. Every company looks out for capable leaders and managers. The ABE Diploma in Business and Management, will equip learners with business skills, knowledge and understanding to achieve high performance in a global business environment. You will develop vital employability and communications skills, explore new ideas and gain a deep awareness of business. A level 4 Diploma in business management at Chelsea Business School will open new exciting opportunities in your career field. Previous graduates from this diploma have gone onto successful careers nationally and internationally.

Programme Structure

The ABE Level 4 Diploma in Business Management consists of four core mandatory, three mandatory, and one specialist mandatory units. There are no optional units in this qualification. To be awarded the ABE Level 4 Diploma in Business Management learners must achieve a minimum of a Pass in all units.

  • Total guided learning hours (GHL) is 600 hours
  • Total qualification time (TQT) is 1200 hours
  • Credit Value: 120 credits
  • Mode of study: Online
  • Duration: One year
  • Fees: £4500

Programme Modules

ABE UNIT CODEUnite Title Level GLHCredits 
Core Mandatory Units 
4UDBE Dynamic Business Environments 47515
4UEOEnterprising Organisations 47515
4UESD Employability and Self-Development 47515
4UFMFinance for Managers 47515
Mandatory Units 
4UIEIntroduction to Entrepreneurship 47515
4UIQMIntroduction to Quantitative Methods 47515
4UPMProject Management 47515
Specialist Mandatory Units 
4UDCT Dynamic and Collaborative Teams 47515

Module Description

Dynamic Business Environments 

The world is changing at an ever-increasing rate, consumers are becoming more sophisticated, technology is part of our everyday lives and, while there are numerous powerful global brands, there is also an increasing trend towards localisation.  

It is difficult to think of a change that doesn’t affect the business environment. Businesses now operate in ever-changing dynamic environments. 

Every business needs to be able to assess the opportunities and threats posed by its external environments and the strengths and weaknesses of its internal environment, if it is to be successful. In this unit, you will analyse the impact of increasingly dynamic business environments and increasingly volatile markets on an organisation’s ability to compete successfully using a range of relevant tools and frameworks. This is often known as business strategy. 

Enterprising Organisations

This unit develops an understanding of the principles of business and the different legal formations by which an organisation can operate. As an organisation grows and evolves, the need for different structures will take effect. You will also be introduced to the common organisation structures, whilst developing an appreciation for contemporary structures, as both external influences impact upon an organisation requiring a more efficient and effective approach to delivering products or services. You will be developing skills in evaluation of both quantitative and qualitative data to make judgements about the types of structures suitable for different organisations and the sectors in which they operate. 

Employability and Self-Development

This unit introduces you to the key skills, behaviours, and attitudes you need to demonstrate in order to be 

‘employable’, and how to develop them if they are missing, through self-development and/or other learning, development and improvement opportunities. It provides guidance on how to integrate this information to the documents required for job applications, and how to present these skills at an interview. It goes on to show how demonstrating employability skills can help enable a smooth transition into work by establishing you in your new job role and as part of a team. 

Finance for Managers

This unit is designed to enable you to gain a knowledge and understanding of accounting principles, processes, and concepts that can be applied in a general management context. These principles, processes, and concepts are key in the understanding of how a business operates and what ultimately makes it successful. 

The unit will specifically allow you to develop the skills required to record business transactions and generate financial information. This information is used as the basis for effective management control and planning. Inadequate and inaccurate record keeping leads to poor financial analysis and results.

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship involves far more than simply having an idea. To be successful, an entrepreneur needs to have skills that cover many of the development and management roles. In Introduction to Entrepreneurship, you will learn key success factors for enterprises and how to apply these to successfully innovate, develop, and grow a business. Key business strategies, business development, and the management of the enterprise through the business cycle will be explored. For each element of learning, you will develop skills for applying theories and good practice for entrepreneurial success. Many of the skills learnt in the unit can be successfully applied in start-up enterprises or are transferable for use in everyday business. 

Introduction to Quantitative Methods

Quantitative skills built at this level will help you to apply a number of concepts in other core areas of business management: marketing, accounting, finance, and human resource management. Many decisions in these areas require quantitative skills, for example calculating the sales volume for recovering costs, determining the price of a new product, estimating demand for the product, measuring the overall performance of the business etc. 

Project Management 

You will be exposed to a set of modern project management techniques: network planning, critical path analysis, costing/budgeting, and resource management. Subsequent activities include progress monitoring, troubleshooting, and controls. 

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to apply the tools and techniques to a variety of business projects in your place of employment. A careful application will increase the chance of the project being successful in terms of the deliverables being fit for purpose, meeting agreed delivery deadlines, and staying within the budget cost agreed at the outset. Being able to contribute in this way should have a successful impact on the performance of the organisation. 

Dynamic and Collaborative Teams

This unit introduces you to teamwork and the characteristics of effective teams. It will address team member skills and how to build effective working relationships within different types of teams and business structures, including virtual environments. As part of this, it will explore how teams need to be led, motivated, managed, and monitored in order to be maximally effective. As team working is not always easy or successful, the unit also explores the difficulties that might be faced in different settings, and how to recognise and diffuse the conflict that may arise. 

Entry Requirements

  • A typical offer will require students to have completed an A level program or equivalent.
  • If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 5.5 in each component is required. We also accept Anglia Examination, Cambridge Certificate (Academic) PTE.
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