OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Business Management

About this course


The objective of the OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Business Management qualification is to provide learners with an excellent foundation for a career in a range of organisations. It designed to ensure that 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 leadership and people management, strategic human resource management, operations management, sustainable business practice, financial decision making as well as the business research skills expected of a manager.

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 6 Diploma in Business Management qualification will provide learners with the opportunity to progress to further study or employment.


OTHM qualifications at RQF Level 6 represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competences that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent to Bachelor’s Degrees with Honours, Bachelor’s Degrees, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.


Qualification structure

The OTHM Level 6 Diploma 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.

Module1: Leadership and People Management (20 credits)

it focuses on developing essential leadership skills and effective people management strategies. Learners explore various leadership theories and styles, motivational techniques, communication skills, team-building strategies, performance management practices, and employee engagement strategies.

Through this module, learners develop the knowledge and skills necessary to lead teams, inspire and engage employees, foster positive work relationships, and drive organizational success through effective leadership practices.

Module 2: Business Research Project (20 credits)

it enables learners to conduct independent research within the business management field.

Learners formulate a research proposal, conduct a thorough literature review, collect and analyze data using appropriate methodologies, critically evaluate findings, and present their research findings in a structured report format.

Through this module, learners develop essential research skills and contribute new knowledge to the field of business management.

Module 3: Operations Management (20 credits)

it provides learners with a comprehensive understanding of operations management principles and practices.

Learners explore concepts such as production processes, supply chain management, quality management, capacity planning, resource allocation, and performance measurement.

Through this module, learners develop the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage operations within organizations, optimize production processes, and enhance overall operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Module 4: Financial Decision Making (20 credits)

it focuses on equipping learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed financial decisions within organizations.

Learners explore topics such as financial statement analysis, budgeting and forecasting, capital budgeting, cost-volume-profit analysis, risk management, and ethical considerations.

Through this module, learners develop the ability to analyze financial information, evaluate investment opportunities, and make sound financial decisions that align with organizational goals and objectives.

Additionally, learners gain insights into ethical considerations and risk management practices relevant to financial decision-making processes.

Module 5: Sustainable Business Practices (20 credits)

it focuses on educating learners about sustainability within the business context.

Learners explore concepts such as environmental management, corporate social responsibility, sustainable supply chain management, circular economy principles, and sustainable business models.

Through this module, learners develop an understanding of sustainability issues and practices, enabling them to integrate sustainability principles into organizational strategy and operations.

Additionally, learners gain insights into the role of businesses in addressing global sustainability challenges and contributing to a more sustainable future.

Module 6: Strategic Human Resource Management (20 credits)

it focuses on the strategic management of human resources within organizations.

Learners explore concepts such as talent acquisition and retention, performance management, training and development, succession planning, and employee relations and engagement.

Through this module, learners develop the knowledge and skills necessary to align HRM practices with organizational strategy, effectively manage human capital, and contribute to organizational success.

Additionally, learners gain insights into the strategic role of HRM in driving organizational performance and competitiveness in the dynamic business environment.

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 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.


Successful completion of Level 6 Diploma in Business Management qualification provides learners the opportunity for a wide range of academic progressions including progression to relevant OTHM Level 7 Diplomas. This qualification has been developed with career progression and professional recognition in mind. As the Level 6 Diploma in Business Management qualification is approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), learners are eligible to gain direct entry into relevant Master’s degree programmes. For more information visit University Progressions page in this website.

Entry Requirements

For entry onto the OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Business Management qualification, learners must possess:

  • Relevant NQF/QCF/RQF Level 5 diploma or equivalent recognised 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 requirements: If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language competency. For more information visit English Language Expectations page in this website

What you will learn

Leadership and People Management (20 credits):

  • Developing leadership skills and strategies for effective people management.
  • Understanding motivational theories and techniques to inspire and engage employees.
  • Learning effective communication, conflict resolution, and team-building skills.

Business Research Project (20 credits):

  • Conducting independent research on a relevant business topic.
  • Developing research proposals, conducting literature reviews, and collecting and analyzing data.
  • Presenting research findings and recommendations in a structured report format.

Operations Management (20 credits):

  • Understanding the principles and practices of operations management.
  • Learning about production processes, supply chain management, and quality control.
  • Exploring techniques for process optimization, efficiency improvement, and cost reduction.

Financial Decision Making (20 credits):

  • Developing financial literacy and understanding financial statements.
  • Learning techniques for financial analysis, budgeting, and forecasting.
  • Making informed financial decisions based on analysis of financial data and risk assessment.

Sustainable Business Practices (20 credits):

  • Understanding the importance of sustainability in business operations.
  • Learning about environmental management, corporate social responsibility, and ethical business practices.
  • Exploring strategies for integrating sustainability into business strategy and operations.

Strategic Human Resource Management (20 credits):

  • Understanding the strategic role of human resource management in organizations.
  • Learning about talent acquisition, employee development, performance management, and succession planning.
  • Exploring HR strategies for aligning human capital with organizational goals and objectives.

By completing the OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Business Management, learners will acquire a diverse set of skills and knowledge essential for effective business leadership, strategic decision-making, and sustainable business practices. Graduates will be well-equipped to pursue careers in various management roles across different industries.

Benefits of this course

Comprehensive Skill Development:

  • The course covers a wide range of topics including leadership, operations management, financial decision-making, and sustainable business practices, providing learners with a well-rounded skill set essential for managerial roles.

Enhanced Leadership Abilities:

  • Through modules like Leadership and People Management and Strategic Human Resource Management, learners develop strong leadership and people management skills necessary for leading teams and driving organizational success.

Research Proficiency:

The Business Research Project module equips learners with research skills, allowing them to conduct independent research and analyze business problems effectively, enhancing their decision-making capabilities.

Practical Knowledge Application:

  • The course emphasizes practical application of knowledge, enabling learners to apply theoretical concepts to real-world business scenarios, preparing them for the challenges of the corporate environment.

Career Advancement Opportunities:

  • Upon completion of the diploma, graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge required for managerial roles across various industries, leading to increased career advancement opportunities and higher earning potential.

Networking Opportunities:

  • Learners have the opportunity to interact with industry professionals, instructors, and peers, expanding their professional network and creating potential career opportunities.

Global Recognition:

  • OTHM qualifications are recognized internationally, enhancing the employability of graduates in the global job market.

Overall, the OTHM Level 6 Diploma in Business Management provides learners with the necessary skills, knowledge, and credentials to succeed in managerial roles and advance their careers in the dynamic field of business management.

Qualification Number: 603/2179/9


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