Level 4 Diploma in Business (QCF)

The programme allows students entry to the second year of many UK university programmes, or enables you to pursue a career in the business industry.


The Level 4 Diploma in Business (QCF) (L4DB) is equivalent to the first year of a business degree programme in the UK university system. You will be introducted to the many different aspects of international business in today’s world. Embarking on the programme you will be exposed to both academic and vocational aspects of a wide range of subjects, enabling you to gain the necessary knowledge and skills vital for a career in business or further studies. On successful completion of the programme you will be able to continue your studies at a UK university, or work in one of the many areas of the business world.

Entry Requirements
On entry you must have at least ONE of the following:

    • One ‘A’ Level pass or equivalent or an appropriate School Leavers’ certificate deemed to be of a similar level.
    • Either the NCC Education L3DB or IFY qualifications.
    • Any local or international qualification deemed to be of a similar level to either L3DB or IFY.  These shall be agreed in advance with LEB Education.
    • Mature students, being 21 years of age or over, and able to demonstrate over two years’ relevant work experience.  Students should also have ‘O’ Level/ GCSE English and Maths or equivalent.

If you’re a potential student whose first language is not English, you will need to obtain a valid score of 5.5 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination or equivalent. Alternatively, take the free NCC Education Higher English Placement Test, which is administered by LEB.

Programme Structure
You must study the following eight core modules:

    • Essentials of Management – covers the principles and functions of management. You will be taught the key elements in planning and decision-making, and the significance of different controls required in an organisation.
    • Fundamentals of Economics – covers fundamental economic theories and concepts which are applied in decision-making in a business environment. You will gain an understanding of the economic environment and its effect upon business organisations and their markets.
    • Communications for Business– gives an introduction to a wide range of skills for business professionals. You will cover the production of various types of documents and presentations as well as the skills needed to communicate effectively in a business environment.
    • Understanding Business Organisations – introduces the objectives, roles, functions and various forms of business organisations as they adapt to a dynamic and changing environment.
    • Business Mathematics – covers a range of mathematical techniques and formulae to support your business studies and develop your ability to make informed business decisions. You will also be taught to present and analyse business data.
    • Introduction to Finance – introduces the basic concepts and techniques of financial and managerial accounting. It considers the role of accounting in recording and reporting financial performance and in providing information to decision makers.
    • eBusiness – explores a wide range of applications for eCommerce and the use of these in solving business problems. You will learn about state-of-the-art technologies and their major impact on the business world.
    • Principles of Marketing– examines the role and value of marketing in today’s increasingly competitive and dynamic environment. You will practise marketing principles in order to analyse, plan and implement policies to achieve marketing and corporate objectives.

Assessments and Examinations
Assessments for all modules are offered in a number of assessment cycles throughout the year. All modules are assessed by either examination or coursework assignments.

Award Conditions
The NCC Education Level 4 Diploma in Business (QCF) will be awarded when you have successfully passed all eight modules. A module is passed when an overall mark of 40% or more is achieved. You can resit modules if you need to but this must be done within three years of your first assessment in the programme.

The programme 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 learning.

Delivery Method
The programme is taught face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars and laboratory sessions.

Accreditation Status
NCC Education is regulated to award the Level 4 Diploma in Business (QCF) (L4DB) by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) in England. Ofqual qualification reference number 600/1325/4.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the Level 4 Diploma in Business (QCF) you will be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of business principles and concepts. You will also gain a solid foundation and a breadth of knowledge in business management, economics and eBusiness, and improve your research and lifelong learning skills.