When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Course Code K24BEFB11A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

The objective of the OTHM Level 4 Diploma in Accounting and Business qualification is to provide learners with an understanding of accounting and business in the broader business context, and to provide them with the practical, industry-focused skills to manage business finances, budgets and cash flow effectively, and to play a key role in business growth. Learners will build the knowledge and skills required for a career in a wide range of businesses, where accounting and business literacy are key skills for managers at all levels. The Level 4 units combine theoretical and practical knowledge in academic and research skills. Units are:

  • Academic Writing and Research Skills
  • Business and the Economic Environment
  • Principals of Financial Accounting
  • Quantitative Methods in a Business Context
  • Management Accounting
  • Leading and Managing Teams

Successful completion of this qualification will equip learners with the specialist skills and technical terminology to develop their accounting and business and management skills and to progress to further study or employment.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand how to construct a reliable and valid academic argument.
  • Understand how macro-economic factors and micro-economic factors impact a business.
  • Be able to prepare financial reporting statements for different types of organisations.
  • Be able to construct and use graphs, charts and diagrams for informed decision making.
  • Know how to apply break-even analysis in different contexts
  • Be able to determine own capacity to be an effective leader and manager.

On successful completion of the course, you will achieve the following qualification: Diploma in Accounting and Business [OTHM]

Class format and activities

The mode of delivery for this course involves a combination of in-centre learning, online delivery as well as intensive weekends. The Microsoft Teams online platform and supported apps are used to support learning together with videos to review lectures, work-based learning activities, presentations, tutorials, online learning, workshops, critical debates, and seminars. In addition, you will be supported by a work-based professional advocate and tutors at Morley College London.

Progress is measured by assignments, work-related projects, demonstration of professional competence in work-based situations, and practical activities that apply the knowledge you have gained. There are no written exams. When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading articles and books, working on individual projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and Canvas, the online virtual learning platform.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from anyone with relevant work and experience and capable of reaching the standards required by the qualification. All students are expected to have a good standard of computer literacy. Applicants will be invited for interview to discuss their work and experience in more detail. Students who have recently been in education are likely to need one of the following:

  • a BTEC Level 3 qualification in Business or accounts such as AAT
  • a GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent) and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as maths and English ? other related Level 3 qualifications
  • an Access to Higher Education Diploma from an approved further education institution ? relevant work experience, or
  • an international equivalent to the above qualifications.

Our Recognition of Prior Learning policy means that students’ previous learning and experience can be taken into account, and they may be awarded certain qualifications or units of a qualification based on that learning or experience.

Students applying for this course that is taught and assessed completely in English will need a certain level of English language skills. Before accepting students onto a programme, we will make sure that those who are non-native English speakers and who have not carried out their final two years of schooling in English can demonstrate ability at a standard equivalent to:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • PTE Academic 51, or
  • IELTS 5.5 (reading and writing must be at 5.5).

What you need to know before you enrol

This course will be delivered in person by attendance at college and online via live webinars and e-learning. All students will need to attend college and access live webinars and e-learning 2 afternoons/evenings each week between 1pm to 8:30pm on a Monday and Tuesday.

Students are expected to undertake independent study and complete assignments and coursework outside of college time. The College has a range of specialist resources to support the delivery of the programme. You will have access to computers, scanners, and printers in the Business department and in the College’s learning centre. Students will be assessed through graded projects and coursework, assignments, and reflective journals.

What you need

If you are interested in applying for the OTHM L4 Diploma Accounting and Business, then please apply using the link on this webpage.

The qualification is awarded by OTHM. You can apply for student finance as the below Student finance login - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). This course is classified as a full-time. You will need access to a laptop or PC to carry out independent study and complete assignments. Relevant textbooks and other learning materials.

What you can do next

The Level 4 Diploma allows students to progress to a Level 5 course then to degree-level study, or into employment at lower/middle management roles. Once students have achieved the Level 4 Diploma, they can develop their career in the respective sector by:

  • progressing onto the L5 Diploma in Accounting and Business (if offered) or the Leadership & Management L5 HTQ
  • entering employment
  • continuing existing employment and seek promotion.
  • linking with the appropriate professional body
  • committing to continuing professional development, or
  • studying at university.

Progression to university: The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant business-related courses, for example:

  • BA (Hons) Leadership and Management for Business
  • BA (Hons) Business Studies with Leadership and Management
  • BA (Hons) Business Management
  • BA Business and Human Resource Management
  • BA (Hons) Global Business Management
  • BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) in Accounting & Finance
  • BA (Hons) or BSc (Hons) in Accounting.
  • Progression on an apprenticeship
  • Operations or Departmental Manager L5
  • Accounting Finance Manager L6
  • Chartered Manager (degree) L6

The course could also lead to gaining professional accounting qualification.


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