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Department of Business Studies

Level 5 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management (QCF)

Course Description
The IAM Level 5 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management supports those already working in or aspiring to work in business management positions. Holders of the qualification will also be eligible for progression to various university degree programmes. The qualification has a flexible structure and includes a range of optional units. This enables candidates to tailor it to their specific needs while maintaining the consistence of the qualification. The qualification structure of this course is nine mandatory units and seven optional units. Candidates have to complete all mandatory units and, in addition to this, any two optional units of their choice. They need to achieve a minimum of 120 credits to complete the qualification.


Learning objectives
The main objective of this qualification is to extend the knowledge, understanding and skills that candidates developed at level 4. It explores, in more depth and in more complex contexts, how businesses design and operate internal structures and systems that support to achieve organizational goals.


Level of Qualification : Level 5


Duration: One (01) year



The mandatory units are grouped into four assessment groups and each group is assessed by an examination. All optional units are assessed individually, by an assignment set by the IAM.


Awarding Body: Institute of Administrative Management (IAM)


Entry requirements

•  There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However, it is recommend that candidates should have a level 4 qualification or equivalent work experience in the business administration area.

•  Age of candidate should be at least 18 or above

•  The English requirement level for this course is B1 (or equivalent). For the UKBA approved list of English language tests, please visit this link: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/applicationforms/new-approved-english-tests.pdf


Units to be completed


IAM Mandatory Units


Group1: Strategic administration of operations, information and finance


Operations management



Information for strategic decision-making



Advanced finance for business managers


Group2: Strategic administration of human resources, knowledge and change


Organisational analysis and change



Human resource management



Knowledge management strategy


Group3: Governance, leadership and motivation


The context of corporate governance



Leadership, motivation and group dynamics


Group4: Business research


Business research

IAM Optional Units


Economics for business



Organisational facilities management



Islamic finance


Imported Optional Units


Financial systems and auditing



Small business enterprise



European business



Business ethics



Exemption policy

The Institute operates an exemption scheme which offers candidates recognition for other relevant academic or professional qualifications. For more information please refer to IAM exemption policy document, which can be found in the following website www.instam.org.



This qualification leads to further studies in management at level 6 and to higher education. [IAM Progression Chart]





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