Course at a glance

This course has been developed with the particular aim of providing students with an understanding of the key aspects of management. Consequently, it can be studied by students seeking to develop essential skills with a view to progressing in their workplace or by those considering setting up their own business. The qualification can be used as a standalone award or for further study at degree level.

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an accredited certificate from the CIE GLOBAL and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been accredited by CIE GLOBAL . This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The CIE GLOBAL certificates involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Level 4 Accredited Management Diploma Entry Requirements

Students must hold a Level 3 Diploma or A Level qualification to enrol into our Level 4 Accredited Management Diploma

Basic English reading and writing skills, as full tutor support is given.

All students must be 16 years of age or above.

Study Hours

Approximately 400 hours.

Level 4 Accredited Management Diploma Course Duration

1 Year.


You can enrol on the course at any time.

Awarding Body

CIE Global

Assessment Method

Coursework only.

Level 4 Accredited Management Diploma Course Content

Level 4 Accredited Management Diploma Unit 1: Using information, communication and technology ICT in Management Studies

This first unit of the course aims to raise learner awareness of the different types of ICT skills, and provide the opportunity for them to develop these skills commensurate with H4 and H5 study. The course is delivered via distance learning with no face to face contact between tutors and students, therefore understanding appropriate research techniques, portfolio skills and self-reflection is important in terms of independent study at this level as well as facilitating a positive learning experience.

Students are encouraged to conduct independent research related to the study of Management Studies using ICT skills, so that they can begin to compile their own resource list and also prepare themselves for further and more complex activities later in the course.

Unit content

1 Applications of ICT in the study of Management Studies

  • Information, communication and technology (ICT) comprises core skills for learning.
  • Utilisation of methods , tools and strategies of ICT to establish and maintain a sound working relationship with tutors and the college.
  • Development of ICT skills in order to communicate effectively and maximise study progression.

2 ePortfolio constructs

  • Setting up an ePortfolio for use during the lifetime of the course for storage of files including coursework, self-assessment activities, independent research notes and reflective journals.
  • The ePortfolio may be requested from time to time by tutors and moderators. Learners will be asked at various points in the course to upload files for this purpose.
  • A structured system of unique information but once completed can be used as a resource for continuing professional development (CPD), and a body of revision for future studies.

3 Independent web based research

  • Independent research to equip students with confidence to source and evaluate information relevant to the core course topics within MMA.
  • Develop tools and strategies with which to begin to undertake independent research and integrate this into coursework activities, for example suggesting ways to read research articles and assimilate types of information from these.

4 Principles of self-assessment and reflective writing

  • The development of knowledge and understanding through writing skills for communicating ideas and arguments to tutors and other readers of written work.
  • Reviews of writing skills.
  • Reflective writing skills and practice.
  • Promotion of pro-active implementation of skills enhancement through tutor feedback and self-assessment.

Level 4 Accredited Management Diploma Unit 2: Introduction to management studies

The aim of this unit on the BTEC Management course is to give learners an opportunity to study the main management principles and practices, and evaluate theories which underpin past and current management processes and applications.

Unit content

1 Theories of management

  • Exploration and evaluation of the work of Fayol, Taylor and Mintzberg.
  • Exploration and evaluation of Leadership Theories – Hersey and Blanchard.
  • Exploration and evaluation of Tuckmans’ group theory and models.

2 M anagement leadership

  • Defining leadership.
  • Historical comparisons.
  • Leadership research.
  • Levels of leadership and leadership styles.
  • Aims and objectives of delegation.
  • Limitations and levels of delegation.
  • Measurement of outcomes.

3 Team building

  • Working in and with groups.
  • Cohesion strategies.
  • Diversity and compatibility.
  • Environments and organisations.
  • History of group development.
  • Setbacks and limitations.

4 Time management

  • Strategies.
  • Prioritising.
  • Timescales and goal setting.
  • SMART targets.
  • SWOT analysis.
  • Problem solving.
  • Force field analysis.
  • Mind mapping.

Level 4 Accredited Management Diploma Unit 3: Practical management skills

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to study core management skills and the models from which they have developed historically. In additions learners will be given the opportunity to learn about different management applications related to skills and expand understanding in order to create transferable knowledge.

Unit content

1 Principles of management meetings

  • Planning, preparation and information related to management meetings.
  • Structure and control strategies.
  • Summarising and record keeping.

2 Interview skills

  • Listening and clarification strategies.
  • Types of questions – aims and objectives.
  • Identifying resistance in non-verbal and verbal behaviour cues; handling resistance.
  • Feedback – giving and receiving.
  • The Johari Window.
  • Development of interview interaction.

3 Organisational structure

  • Classical hierarchical structure.
  • Functionality.
  • Recent trends and development.
  • Job design.
  • Mechanistic and organic organisations.
  • Size and technology.

4 Centralisation

  • Aims and objectives.
  • Pros and cons.
  • Workforce structure.
  • Organisational culture.
  • Outsourcing effects.
  • Environment and stakeholder influences.

Level 4 Accredited Management Diploma Unit 4: Managing process

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to study the management of process which includes business planning and strategy development related to budgets and projects. Learners are also given the opportunity to develop understanding through independent research of current quality management process and expand knowledge into transferable skills.

Unit content

1 Business planning

  • Strategy development and implementation.
  • Financial planning.
  • Costing and budgets.
  • Budget controls and reporting processes.
  • Management decision making processes.
  • Planning for decisions and decision making.

2 Process management

  • Input and output scenarios.
  • Efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Defining and clarifying business processes.
  • Stages of process management.
  • Process mapping, improvement and redesign.
  • Re-engineering and implementation.

3 Managing project processes

  • The role and responsibilities of the project manager.
  • The project life cycle.
  • Milestones and work tasks.
  • Dependencies and contingencies.
  • Controlling and monitoring.
  • Resourcing and accountability.

4 Quality management processes

  • Identifying risk.
  • Risk control.
  • Communication and reporting.
  • Resolving problems.
  • Costing and financing.

Level 4 Accredited Management Diploma Unit 5: The manager’s role in training and development

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to explore a range of training and developmental strategies and programmes within business contexts, and also to develop knowledge and understanding of the manager’s role related to creation of a learning organisation.

Unit content

1 The learning organisation

  • Evaluation of Senge’s work.
  • The 5 components model.
  • The basic model of a system.
  • Social capita: historical perspectives, creating a learning organisation.

2 Learning theories

  • Behaviourism, constructivism, Social Learning Theory, Cognitive Theory, Experiential Learning Theory, the VAK model, Honey and Mumford’s work, pragmatism and the Facilitation theory.

3 Action learning

  • Process and application.
  • The training cycle and training needs.
  • Hard and soft skills.
  • Needs strategies.
  • The Training Needs Analysis (TNA).
  • The skills gap.

4 Competency frameworks

  • Aims and objectives.
  • Methods and application.
  • Objective achievement.
  • Skills.
  • Examples and comparisons.

Level 4 Accredited Management Diploma Unit 6: Training and development choice

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to explore how training choices are determined and consequent strategies developed for individuals, groups and corporate development.

The unit also provides learners with an opportunity to develop understanding of professional and training standards and how these relate to government initiatives at both national and international levels.

Unit content

1 Factors for consideration

  • Work orientated learning.
  • Induction and instruction.
  • e-learning.
  • Blended learning.
  • Practical applications.

2 Knowledge retention

  • Relevance of the skills gap.
  • Government initiatives and standards.
  • Training needs.
  • The Leitch Report.
  • Technological advancement.
  • Vocational training.
  • Expansion of HE, targets and aims and objectives.

3 Standardisation

  • Vision and mission.
  • Productivity issues.
  • Government training initiatives and funding.
  • Learning Skills Council.
  • Modern Apprenticeships.
  • Other agency involvement.
  • National occupation standards.

4 Evaluation

  • Best practice development.
  • Return on investment criteria.
  • Kirkpatrick model of training and evaluation.
  • CIRO model of training and evaluation.
  • CIPP system model.

Level 4 Accredited Management Diploma Unit 7: Motivation in the workplace

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an opportunity to evaluate theories and models of motivation and apply these principles to workplace contexts; in addition learners will also be encouraged to explore management roles in relation to motivation and implementation of strategies.

Unit content

1 Theoretical principles of motivation

  • Motivation allied to performance.
  • Extrinsic and intrinsic motivation.
  • McGregor’s Theory.
  • Effects of personality on motivation.
  • The Big Five Model (Costa and McCrae).
  • Taylor and McGregor: Instrumentality Theory.
  • Content theories by Maslow, McLelland and Herzberg.

2 Historical perspectives

  • Historical perspectives of motivational relevance, importance and development.
  • Rewards and punishments linked to motivational force.
  • The behaviour connection.
  • Dynamicism versus static growth.

3 Individual need for achievement

  • Historical perspectives.
  • The need and drive for achievement in modern work life.
  • Self-realisation and self-actualisation.
  • Existence, relatedness, growth and fulfilment at work.
  • How to motivate the workforce.

4 Cognitive perspective

  • Process theories: Vroom, Porter, Lawler, Adams.
  • Cognitive relationships.
  • Expectancy scores and ratings.
  • Motivational forces.
  • Ability, role, perception and goals.
  • Equity and the effects of organisational culture.

Level 4 Accredited Management Diploma Unit 8: Effective communication: understanding the communication process

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the opportunity to explore communication strategies related to management contexts and applications. Learners will also be given the opportunity to evaluate a variety of theories related to effective communication in the workplace and ally these to historical perspectives and development within management processes.

Unit content

1 Language of management

  • Historical perspectives.
  • Emergence of ‘speake’.
  • The culture of buzzwords.
  • Shift to paperless communication.

2 Comparative evaluations between theories

  • Historical theories – Hannon and Weaver model (channel medium and feedback).
  • The communication of meaning.
  • Semantic noise.
  • McLuhan – influence of low volume, intonation and modulation in effective communication.
  • Hall’s Theory of Territorial Zones and Mehrabian’s model on spoken communication.

3 Principles of best practice

  • Skills and knowledge bases.
  • Aims, objectives and limitations of management communication methods.
  • Preparation and logistics.
  • Feedback and reporting outcomes.

4 Email as a primary method

  • History of email emergence as a primary communication method.
  • Advantages and disadvantages.
  • Commercial cost.
  • Diversion and stress.
  • Effective use.
  • Information storage and legislation.
  • Information overload.


This Level 4 Accredited Management Diploma can be used to gain entry to a Level 5 Diploma or Degree course in a related field.