OTHM Level 3 certificate in business studies aims to understand the learners regarding the structure of business and how the business operate. This course enable the learner to pursue the skills in problem solving, decision making, analytical and critical thinking and presentation and report writing skills. This qualification helps the learner to grasp the knowledge to operate a business. After the completion of this course, the learner can acquire the qualification at the next level.

Qualification awarded by OTHM at RQF Level 3 represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competences that are assessed in academic terms is equivalent to GCE AS/A Levels.

About OTHM

OTHM Qualifications are approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) and recognised by Qualifications Wales. OTHM qualifications has assembled a reputation for maintaining significant skills in a wide range of job roles and industries which comprises Business Studies, Leadership, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Health and Social Care, Information Technology, Accounting and Finance, Logistics and Supply Chain Management. OTHM has progression arrangement with several UK universities that acknowledges the ability of learners after studying Level 3-7 qualifications to be considered for advanced entry into corresponding degree year/top up and Master’s/top-up programmes.

Entry requirements

  • Learners must be 16 years or more
  • International students whose first language is not in English, they will need to have score of 5.5 or above in IELTS Examination or equivalent.

Qualification structure

The Level 3 Certificate in Business Studies qualification consists of 2 mandatory units plus 1 optional unit for a combined total of 30 credits, 300 Total Qualification Hours (TQT) and 180 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the

Mandatory units

Unit Ref. No. Mandatory units Credit GLH TQT
L/616/2713 Introduction to Research and Academic Skills 10 60 100
R/616/0686 Introduction to the Business Environment 10 60 100

Optional units: Choose any ONE

Unit Ref. No. Mandatory units Credit GLH TQT
H/616/0692 Introduction to Customer Service 10 60 100
J/616/2712 Using IT for Business 10 60 100
D/616/2716 Introduction to Marketing 10 60 100

Delivery Method

In Ascent School of Management London, Learners can choose the mode of study as per their choice and convenience as we provide various flexible delivery methods to its learners which include blended learning, online learning and distance learning. The program is self-paced and accomplished through our advanced Learning Management System. Learners are able to interact with tutors by messaging through the Learning Management System to discuss the course materials, provide guidance and assistance with the assignments.


  • Time-constrained scenario-based assignments
  • No examinations


Learners completing the OTHM Level 3 Certificate in Business Studies will allow progress to :

  • the OTHM Level 4 Diploma in business management.


The total cost is subjected to 20% VAT.

Certificate in Business Studies

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