Associate Degree of Business Management (ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Management and ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management)


The Associate Degree of Business Management is a 240 credit size qualification (UK), equivalent in size to the first two years of a bachelor’s degree.

This programme is designed to fulfil the associate membership requirements of the Institute of Management Specialists (UK) and to provide students a pathway to directly enter the Third Year of a Bachelors program at a number of UK universities.

The Programme can be studied as both a standalone program, or as an extension to the Level 4 Diploma in Management.

At level 5, learners are expected to understand the more strategic aspects of business administration as well as governance structure and organisational context.

Year 1 (OFQUAL Level 4)
Business Environment
Resource Management
Communication Skills
People in Organisations
Applying Promotional Techniques
Corporate Social Responsibility
Finance for Management
Customer Relationship Management

Year 2 (OFQUAL Level 5)
Managing Communication
Business Organisations in a Global Context
People Management
Finance for Managers
Research Project
Marketing Principles and Practice
Planning a New Business Venture
Business Law

Why Study an Associate Degree of Management at SCPU Business School ?

We provide a flexible, low cost route for learners who have already achieved management qualifications at a lower level and for learners who do not have management qualifications, but may have qualifications in other areas and/or prior experience in the work place.

Due to the flexibility of the program it is ideal for students who wish to complete a UK Bachelors degree, but study in their home country for the first two years, or experience living in another country (Switzerland).

What does it cost ?

USD $4,000 for both Level 4 and 5 (or $2,500 if studied as a standalone Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management, 1 Years Study.)


Students successfully completing this programme will be awarded a SCPU Business School - Associate Degree of Business Management.

Students successfully completing this programme will also be awarded both an ATHE Level 4 Extended Diploma in Management and ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management.

Progression Pathways

Students wishing to continue their studies can then enrol directly into the SCPU - Business School Bachelor of Business Administration

Students who wish to, can apply to continue their studies at a number of UK universities. As these qualifications are OFQUAL approved, UK universities will generally accept the credits awarded to students.

At Present the ATHE has specific agreements with the following UK universities:

- Anglia Ruskin University
- Southampton Solent University
- University of Sunderland London Campus
- Northampton University
- Coventry University
- Cardiff Metropolitan University
- Bolton University
- University of Bedfordshire
- Prince Edward Island University

More details on these progression routes can be found here.

Please note that the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI) requires adult students to have acceptable English language ability before they can apply to become an adult student under Tier 4 (General) of the points-based system. An applicant is required to be competent in the English language at a minimum of CEFR level B2 for a QCF qualification at level 6 or above.

How to apply

To apply, simply complete the Application Form here and email to our admissions team at [email protected]