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Level 4 Diploma in Business (QCF) (L4DB)

Equivalent to Year 1 of a three year UK honours degree

The Level 4 Diploma in Business (QCF) (L4DB) makes up the first year of the NCC Education business degree journey. The qualification is equivalent to the first year of a business degree qualification in the UK university system.

You will be introduced to the many different aspects of international business in today’s world. You will be introduced 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 qualification you will be able to continue your studies on the NCC Education Level 5 Diploma in Business (QCF) (L5DB) or at a UK university, or work in one of the many areas of the business world.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for the NCC Education L4DB qualification:

• NCC Education International Foundation Year (IFY) or Level 3 Diploma in Business (QCF) (L3DB).


• An international qualification which is deemed to be of a similar level to the NCC Education IFY or L3DB qualification. This shall be agreed with
NCC Education in advance.


• Vocational experience which is deemed suitable by NCC Education.

• At least one A-Level or equivalent, or an appropriate school Leaver’s certificate.


If you are a potential candidate 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 NCC Education centres.

Qualification Structure

You must study the following eight core units:

• 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 the different controls required in an organisation.


• Fundamental of Economics – covers fundamental economic theories and concepts that 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.


• Communication 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 practice marketing principles in order to analyse, plan and implement policies to achieve marketing and corporate objectives.

Assessments and Examinations

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

Award Conditions

The NCC Education Level 4 Diploma in Business (QCF) (L4DB) will be awarded when you have successfully passed all eight units. A unit is passed when an overall mark of 40% or more is achieved. You can resit units if you need to but this must be done within three years of your first assessment in the qualification.


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 learning.

Delivery Method

The qualification is taught face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars and laboratory sessions, by NCC Education centres.


NCC Education is regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator) to award the Level 4 Diploma in Business (QCF) (L4DB) in England.


The official name on the certificate will be Level 4 Diploma in Business (QCF).


The qualification allows candidates entry to the NCC Education Level 5 Diploma in Business (QCF) (L5DB) (which is equivalent to year 2 of a typical UK honours degree), the second year of many UK university programmes or enables candidates to pursue a career in the business industry. For more information please visit www.nccedu.com

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the NCC Education Level 4 Diploma in Business (QCF) (L4DB) 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.

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