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Level 5 Diploma in Business (QCF) (L5DB)

Equivalent to Year 2 of a three year UK honours degree

The NCC Education Level 5 Diploma in Business (QCF) (L5DB) makes up the second year of the NCC Education degree journey and builds upon the knowledge gained during the NCC Education Level 4 Diploma in Business (QCF) (L4DB). The qualification will introduce you to greater detail and more advanced topics in a range of areas including economics, marketing, finance and management.


You will study a balance of academic and vocational subjects in order to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills required to play a significant role in a business organisation.
On successful completion of the qualification you will be able to complete the final year of a degree at one of the many universities that recognise NCC Education qualifications or pursue a career in the business industry.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for the NCC Education L5DB qualification:

• NCC Education Level 4 Diploma in Business (QCF) (L4DB)


• NCC Education International Diploma in Business (IDB)


• A local or international qualification which is deemed to be of a similar level to the NCC Education L4DB qualification. This must be agreed with NCC Education in advance.
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 Test System (IELTS) examination or equivalent. Alternatively, take the free NCC Education English Placement Test, which is administered by NCC Education centres.

Qualification Structure

You must study the following eight core units:

• Advanced Business Mathematics – provides an understanding of how a number of statistical and mathematical techniques are applied in economic and business decision-making.


• Business Economics – examines how an organisation can achieve its objectives most efficiently through the application of micro-economic theory and the tools of analysis of decision science, such as statistics and quantitative methods. It demonstrates how economic analysis can be used in formulating business policies.


• Marketing in Business – highlights the need for managers to view the role of marketing as critical to their organisation. The crucial role of marketing in contributing to the success of organisations is emphasised.

• Human Resources in Business – explores the dynamic role of Human Resource Management policies and practices in contemporary organisations and their contribution to the goals of those organisations. It defines and critically examines the major philosophies, policies and practices related to the management of human resource.


• Understanding Consumer Behaviour – provides an understanding of customers needs and the complexity of the decision making process customers undertake in both consumer and industrial markets.


• Principles of Business Operations – explores the operations management function and its basis in creating and sustaining effective and efficient operations which deliver the products or services in a manner that achieves the objectives of the organisation. You will analyse this with respect to cost, quality, flexibility, dependability and speed.


• Financial Management – builds on your knowledge of fundamental financial concepts in financial and management accounting by considering the applications of these topics in a business environment and by examining a set of more advanced issues.


• Information Systems and Organisations – introduces you to the subject of information systems and technology in organisations, taking a broad management perspective. You will gain an understanding of the current and future role of information systems in modern organisations, including an appreciation of the social, cultural and political aspects that are important to the successful adoption of technology.

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

NCC Education’s Level 5 Diploma in Business (QCF) (L5DB) 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 and seminars by NCC Education centres.


NCC Education is regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator) to award the Level 5 Diploma in Business (QCF) (L5DB) in England.


The official name on the certificate will be Level 5 Diploma in Business (QCF).


The qualification allows candidates entry to NCC Education’s final year top-up qualifications in Business (further entry requirements may apply), the third year of many UK university degrees 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 NCC Education’s Level 5 Diploma in Business (QCF) (L5DB), you will have acquired a critical understanding of the established principles of business and management and developed new skills relevant to the business industry. You will also gain a breadth of knowledge in business and be able to successfully implement your skills in further study or in a professional role within the business industry.

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