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BSc (Hons) Bachelor of Science (Access)

The Foundation Diploma programme is designed for students wishing to progress UK Bachelor Degree

Course Description

After successful completion of OTHM Level 3 Diploma in Business Studies students may progress to the following programmes:

Please note some of the progression options may require some attendance at the chosen University and subject to additional entry requirements by the chosen University. Please refer to our ‘admissions team’ for any further information and guidance.


The Level 3 Diploma in Business Studies qualification can be offered to learners from age 16. OTHM does not specify entry requirements for these qualification, but delivery centres are required to ensure that learners admitted to the programme have sufficient capability at the right level to undertake the learning and assessment.

OTHM Centre must ensure learners are recruited with integrity onto appropriate qualifications that will:

·         meet their needs

·         enable and facilitate learning and achievement

·         enable progression


OTHM qualifications at RQF Level 3 represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competences that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to GCE AS/A Levels.


The Level 3 Diploma in Business Studies qualification consists of 4 mandatory units plus 2 optional units for a combined total of 60 credits, 600 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 360 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification. 

Mandatory Units 

  • Introduction to Research and Academic Skills (10 credits): provides learners with a grounding in the key research and academic skills required for successful study at this level and subsequent employment and/or further study.
  • Using IT for Business (10 credits): familiarises learners with the use, application and development of core IT skills, including preparation for presentations, and formats for business writing such as a report.
  • Introduction to Economics and Accounting (10 credits): provides learners with an understanding of the basic principles of economics and accounting in a business environment. Learners will also develop an understanding of the content of basic financial statements and the principles of recording financial transactions.
  • Introduction to the Business Environment (10 credits): enables learners to understand different types of businesses, their functions and structures, as well as an introduction to basic marketing principles. They will be required to explore the micro and macro business environment, understand the concept of quality and carry out basic business analyses.

 Optional Units (Choose any 2)

  • Introduction to Customer Service (10 credits): develops learners’ understanding of the principles that apply to customer service delivery in organisations across different sectors. Learners will understand how to propose and implement improvements to customer service.
  • Managing Business Events (10 credits): develops learners’ understanding of the principles that apply to the planning and management of events in a range of business sectors. It explores reasons why businesses hold events and why these have become more prominent in recent years.
  • Introduction to Marketing (10 credits): develops learners’ understanding of the principles that apply to marketing in a business environment, including marketing models, sales principles, and marketing planning.
  • Introduction to People Management (10 credits): develops learners’ understanding of the principles that apply to the management of people in a range of business sectors. It also introduces concepts such as reward, motivation and leadership.


The qualification is designed to be delivered over 6 months for full-time study but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning.

The qualification is delivered through Distance Learning via our online learning portal.


All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and externally verified by OTHM. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. Judgement that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor.

The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learners’ overall achievement has been arrived at.