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Our Level 4 Diploma Offer

We have teamed up with a range of qualified practitioners and content writers to develop a range of qualifications that take account of learner needs and stakeholders in industry and higher education to develop programmes that support the workplace and provide talent management and succession planning for the employer and to enable career advancement and progression for the learner.

All our qualifications and support materials are subject to ongoing review to retain their currency and applicability to the ever-changing workplace so that we are able to respond to the needs of industry and meet learner expectations. Our Level 4 Diploma Programmes have been developed to take account of progression into higher education and supports progression to membership of professional bodies.

Qualifications at Level 4 in this Specification

This document provides essential information on the Level 4 Diploma in Managing and Leading Organisations which has been developed in conjunction with the Online Business School. This qualification is on the Ofqual, Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Programme Structure

The modules have been designed to develop knowledge and understanding and a broad range of skills for direct application in the workplace, and embracing modern practices applied in organisations across the world.

On successful completion of the Diploma candidates are able to apply for a University Top-up degree programme at the relevant level.

The Units are written at Ofqual RQF level 4 and conform to Ofqual regulations.

Each credit represents 10 hours of learning time. The learning time known as The Total Qualification Time (TQT) is the number of hours assigned to learning in this programme and is calculate on the timed the learner is expected to take on average to complete the learning outcomes of the module to the standard determined by the assessment criteria. For this qualification the TQT is calculated as follows:

  • Modules with 12 credits have been assigned 10 hours of learning = 120 TQT

  • Modules with 24 credits have been assigned 20 hours of learning = 240 TQT

Three modules equate to 24 credits of 20 hours Learning each and four modules equate to 12 credit of 10 hours learning each. The TQT is = 50% of the learning time is taught and 50% is unsupervised and can include research, directed study, practice assessment, and private study. Taught activities can include seminars, tutorials, and virtual classroom.

On completion of each module the Centre will conduct a multiple-choice timed test. These tests are set by the Centre and randomly populated. All questions are aligned to the learning outcomes.

All modules contain information on Guided Learning Hours (GLH). GLH are intended to provide guidance for approved centres and tutors on the amount of resource needed to deliver the programme and support learners, i.e., the time required for face-to-face delivery, webinars tutorials, workshops and associated assessments. If learners complete all units, the TQT will be 1,200 hours.


The Level 4 qualifications are available to everyone who is capable of reaching the required standards. The qualifications are free from any barriers that restrict access and progression.

Entry Requirements

The Level 4 qualifications are designed for those who are aged 18 years of age. Prior qualifications include any of the following combinations:

  • 5 or more GCSEs at grade 5 and above including maths and English plus either achievement of 2 GCE Advanced level passes or other related Advanced level qualifications.

  • Access to Higher Education Certificate delivered by an approved Further or Higher Education Institute.

  • Other equivalent international qualifications.
    All learners must have an appropriate level of English and may also have relevant work experience or be employed in the public, private or not for profit sector.

NB: Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include work experience (paid or voluntary), part-time or full-time employment, with levels of responsibility, participation and/or achievement of relevant professional qualifications. These may be used for recognition of prior learning.


On completion of all Units and achievement (Pass) of all assessments at Level 4, learners are able to progress to a relevant Level 5 qualification or equivalent.

The Level 4 Diplomas provide progression into higher education to access a top up degree at a number of UK universities. The Real Consultancy Company has a continuous commitment to grow its partnerships with UK universities.

Learners who complete all 10 Units at Level 4 will be awarded a Level 4 Diploma with a qualification value of 120 credits. Each qualification has a Qualification Accreditation Number (QN), which will appear on certificate.

Assessment and Grading Guidance

The assessment of this Level 4 qualification is completed through the submission of internally assessed learner work that forms a portfolio, an internally set and marked multiple choice end of module end knowledge-based assessment and an internal final panel interview. To achieve a pass for a module, a learner must have successfully achieved the learning outcomes at the pass standard set by the assessment criteria for that module.

Methods of Assessment

The Level 4 Diploma assessment plan is underpinned by an assessment strategy that includes a range of assessment tools:

  • Multiple Choice End of Module Knowledge Based Assessment Test

  • Portfolio

  • Professional Discussion

Together they provide a rich and inclusive assessment environment and enable learners to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of a topic and to evaluate how they might apply that knowledge in a given context.

On completion of each module learners will sit a multiple choice knowledge based assessment to test understanding of the subject matter. Learners will be expected to pass the multiple knowledge choice test prior to progressing onto the next module.

The portfolio of evidence is developed by the learner and relates to all 7 modules within a Level 4 Diploma. The evidence should demonstrate the learner’s ability to reflect on their learning, to analyse, evaluate and problem solve. Evidence collection should be qualitative as opposed to quantitative capable of demonstrating more than one learning outcome and one module. The evidence can take many forms and include reflective writing or narratives. Examples of evidence include:

  1. Case studies

  2. Testimonial or statements from employers, customers, clients, or colleagues

  3. Certificates of attendance at in house or external training programmes

  4. End of module results and certification to demonstrate sufficient levels of knowledge and achievement.

  5. Observation reports.

  6. Assignments.

The portfolio will be used to support the professional discussion and will last at least 45 minutes. The professional discussion will include a panel of up to 3 occupationally competent staff who will conduct the interview. The Professional Discussion will take the form of a structured interaction between the candidate and members of the Panel. The Professional Discussion will enable the Panel to probe and explore the depth of the candidate’s knowledge. The Professional Discussion will assess qualitative interview data primarily assessing applied knowledge and behaviours. The Professional Discussion enables the panel to test knowledge and to fill in gaps and talk through the candidate’s breadth of understanding not readily evident in the portfolio, and also allows the Panel to validate and authenticate pieces of work or evidence that have been submitted in the portfolio.

The Real Consultancy Company offers the following Level 4 Diplomas*:

*The courses are written at Ofqual RQF level 4 and conform to Ofqual regulations and are awaiting approval from Ofqual.
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