Financial Management

All businesses need to manage their finances correctly in order to ensure their stability and potential for future growth. Knowledge of finance is one of the core skills of running a profitable operation and is integral to all areas of the business.

The Association of Business Executives (ABE) now offers a Financial Management pathway within the Business Management programme. The new pathway system allows greater flexibility for students who now have the option to complete multiple qualifications simultaneously. The Financial Management pathway contains three levels of Ofqual accredited qualifications to improve your financial management knowledge and skills. These are Level 4 Diploma, Level 5 Higher Diploma and Level 6 Graduate Diploma as shown in the table below.

ABE has also developed the Extended Diploma in Business Management (Financial Management pathway), comprising 13 units in one stand-alone qualification. It is accredited by Ofqual as a Level 6 qualification. The programme can still be taken as two separate qualifications at Levels 5 and 6. For more information about this qualification, please click here.


Current qualifications offered by the Business Management programme for all pathways:

*Click on the titles below to read the specifications for that qualification*

Qualification Title No. of Units Ofqual No.
ABE Level 4 Diploma in Business Management 4 (500/8792/7)
ABE Level 5 Diploma in Business Management 8 (600/6110/8)
ABE Level 6 Diploma in Business Management 5 (600/6055/4)
ABE Level 6 Extended Diploma in Business Management 13 (600/6087/6)
ABE Level 7 Diploma in Business Management 5 (501/2245/9)

To download the programme brochure click here

ABE has developed Study Manuals for the Business Management programme. These can be ordered via the Members Area once you have registered with ABE.

*What is a pathway?
ABE’s Level 4, 5 and 6 Diplomas in Business Management are divided into three separate ‘pathways’. A pathway is a combination of units (with some options within them) which enable you to specialise in a particular area. The three pathways are Business Management, Financial Management, and the Management of Information Systems. All successful students will receive a Diploma in Business Management (at the appropriate level).


BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PATHWAY)

*Click on the individual unit title to view the syllabus for that unit*


Level 4 Diploma

Compulsory units


Click here to download the qualification purpose statement for the ABE Level 4 Diploma in Business Management (QCF).


Level 5 Diploma

Compulsory units


Level 6 Diploma

Compulsory units


Level 6 Extended Diploma

Compulsory units



Level 7 Diploma in Business Management

Students who wish to continue their studies after achieving an ABE Level 6 or Extended Diploma, may want to consider the Level 7 Diploma. More information about which can be found here:


  • To find out what the levels mean, please click here

  • To view entry requirements for Levels 4, 5 and 6, please click here

  • To look at progression options for ABE qualification holders, please click here

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