ABE Level 4 Foundation

ABE Level 4 Foundation


The purpose of ABE’s Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Business Management is to provide you with a thorough understanding of businesses and the business environment. The qualification aims to enable you to progress to further learning or into employment. Specifically, you will cover the business environment, organisational structures and management, and finance for managers. You’ll also study a unit focusing on employability and self-development skills, so this is ideal for those learners looking to progress into a new role. This qualification is shorter than the full diploma at Level 4, making it ideal for those looking to progress faster to the next stage of their learning or professional careers.

6 months

National Qualification Framework Level 4

There are no formal entry requirements to study ABE Level 4 Diplomas; however, the centre should ensure that you have a reasonable expectation of success on the programme by assessing your previous qualifications and/or related work experience. Hence, it is the centre’s responsibility to use their professional and academic judgement when assisting you in making the decision at which level you should enter the ABE programmes. In order to successfully study for an ABE qualification, you should have an appropriate level of English Language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening). For the ABE Level 4 Diplomas, ABE recommends the following
standards are met:

•    IELTS – 5.5
•    Cambridge ESOL – Cambridge English First
•    Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) – 51
•    Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) – B2

Centres can use other English language tests as a measure of a learner’s English language skills, but the centre must be satisfied that the score is equivalent to those recommended above.

Full-time and Supported distance learning.

ABE’s assessments are specifically designed to fit the purpose and objective of the qualification. The ABE Level 4 Foundation Diploma and ABE Level 4 Diplomas are all assessed by a combination of examinations and assignments, both externally set by ABE. You can find out how each unit is assessed by checking the Unit Specification in this document, or the qualification tables above. At Level 4, each examination will be two hours long and there will be two examination sessions per year. The examination will consist of three sections: multiple choice questions (MCQs), short answer questions, and long answer/essay-based questions. For more details on the examination format, please see the Sample Assessment Materials available on the ABE Portal. Assignments will be set by ABE in the format of an assignment brief. Sometimes a scenario and/or templates may be provided as well. At Level 4, assignments will have a word count of 3000. For more details on the assignment format, please see the Sample Assessment Materials available on the ABE Portal.
There will be four opportunities a year for assignments to be submitted by learners. All assignments will be submitted to and marked by centres then verified by ABE. Results will be released by ABE only, not your centre. Centres can find more information about marking and submitting assignments in the ABE Assessment Handbook document available on the ABE Portal.

The ABE Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Business Management is for learners who wish to gain a solid understanding of the business environment and employability skills in a shorter time to allow them to progress faster to employment or a new job role.


ABE Unit Code

Unit Title

Assessment Method


Dynamic Business Environments



Enterprising Organisations



Employability and Self-Development



Finance for Managers



All Modules are Level 4 with Guided Learning Hours (GLH) of 75 hours and 15 Credits


Dynamic Business Environments:
•    Explain the role of business economics in understanding markets and the potential impact of current economic issues
•    Discuss how analysing external environments enables the development of successful business strategies
•    Discuss how analysing internal environments enables the development of successful business strategies
•    Discuss how analysing competitive environments enables the development of successful business strategies

Enterprising Organisations:
•    Explain the various legal formations and status of private, public, and not-for-profit organisations
•    Identify traditional and contemporary organisational structures
•    Explain methods by which organisations are managed strategically and operationally
•    Assess the role of organisational infrastructure, and its impact upon organisational performance

Employability and Self-Development:
•    Explain the concept of employability, its relevance and value to both employing organisations and individuals
•    Assess your own skill set in terms of employability and use it to write a unique curriculum vitae (CV) and complete relevant job applications, maximising your potential value to an employer
•    Outline how your skillset can be used to demonstrate your employability during the recruitment and selection process
•    Appraise how employability skills can help establish you in a new job role and become part of the team
•    Using a process of self-awareness and self-reflection, summarise opportunities for personal
•    development planning in order to ensure you maintain your value as an employee and advance your career potential

Finance for Managers:
•    Explain the purpose of financial and management accounting
•    Interpret financial statements to review the performance of business organisations and report to stakeholders
•    Prepare cash flow forecasts and financial budgets to aid management decision making
•    Demonstrate the use of costing and pricing methods to contribute to business decision making


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