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OTHM Level 5 Diploma in Accounting and Business


Finance and Accounting are often considered to be at the heart of business operations. Within the manufacturing industry, micro-business, and large businesses, the ability to manage, account, and plan for finances are still considered the key driver of growth and the ultimate measure of business success. The objective of the Level 5 Diploma in Accounting and Business is to provide learners with core knowledge and skills required by middle managers in any organisation that are often involved in financial planning & control, financial management, taxation, financial reporting, and people management. Please keep in mind that the list price does not include the registration fee (?250) due to the awarding body (OTHM) within 14 days of enrollment on this course.




Duration and Delivery

The qualification is designed to be completed over one academic year of full-time study. However, we accommodate for completely flexible delivery, so that students can schedule their learning around other commitments such as work or family. The qualification is delivered online through our Virtual Learning Environment.

Assessment and Verification

All units within this course are internally verified by our assessors and externally verified by OTHM. This course is criterion-referenced, based on specific learning outcomes. To achieve a “PASS” for a unit, a student must complete the learning outcomes to meet the assessment criteria set by OTHM.


The Level 5 OTHM qualification teaches practical skills, knowledge, competences, and capabilities that are comparable in academic terms as being equivalent to Year 2 of a three-year UK Bachelor’s degree or to a Higher National Certificate (HNC).


Successful completion of this course enables the learners to get direct entry into OTHM Level 6 Diplomas, including the Level 6 Diploma in Business Management. As this Diploma is regulated and approved by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulations), Learners can get direct entry into year 3 of a three-year UK Bachelor’s degree programs at University of Portsmouth.

Mandatory units

Unit 1: Financial Management

Unit 2: Financial Planning and Control

Unit 3: Financial Reporting

Unit 4: Taxation Principles and Practices

Unit 5: People Management

Unit 6: Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility