Professional Qualification in Business Management – Level 4 | Premium Plan


The objective of the Level 4 Qualification in Business Management qualification is to provide learners with an excellent foundation for building a career in a range of organisations. It designed to ensure each learner is ‘business ready’: a confident, independent thinker with a detailed knowledge of business and management and equipped with the skills to adapt rapidly to change.

The content of the qualification is focused on:

  • managing business communication
  • understanding the business environment and organisations in a global context
  • business functions including people management
  • quantitative methods in business
  • finance for managers
  • research and academic writing.

The qualification is ideal for those who have started, or are planning to move into, a career in private or public sector business. Successful completion of the Level 4 Qualification in Business Management qualification will enable learners to progress to further study or employment.

Entry requirements

For entry onto the Level 4 Qualification in Business Management qualification, learners must possess:

  • Relevant NQF/QCF/RQF Level 3 Award/Qualification or high school qualification
  • Mature learners (over 21) with management experience (learners must check with the delivery centre regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)
  • Learner must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the course
  • English requirement


Level 4 represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competencies that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to Higher National Certificates (HNC) and Year 1 of a three-year UK Bachelor’s degree programme.

Qualification structure

The Level 4 Qualification in Business Management consists of 6 mandatory units for a combined total of 120 credits, 1200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 480 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

Mandatory units

  • Research and Academic Writing (20 credits)
  • Business Environment (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Business Communication (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Business Functions (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Finance (20 credits)

Duration and delivery

The qualification is designed to be delivered over one academic year 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 face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, distance, online by approved centres only.

Assessment and verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and externally verified by ICON. 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. The judgement that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor.


Successful completion of Level 4 Qualification in Business Management provides learners with the opportunity for a wide range of academic progressions including Level 5 Qualification in Business Management.

Business Management - Introduction Video

Introduction to BM Level 4

Business Environment

Business Environment i Study Text
Explanations through Slides VId

Introduction to Business Functions and Financial Accounting vs. Management Accounting

BM L4 Chapter 2 Explanation
BM L4 Chapter 2 Explanation - Part 2

Introduction to Finance

Introduction to Finance - Study Text
BM4 Chapter3

Business Communication Process

Business Communication Process - Study Text
BM4 Chapter4 with Q
BM4 Chapter4 Pre-recoded

Research and Academic

Research and Academic - Study Text
BM4 Chapter5

Explanatory Videos


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