LRN Level 3 Certificate in Business Management

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This QIP covers a vocational qualification which is not listed on the Department for Education (DfE) 16 – 19 performance tables for England.

This qualification is not listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables because it is not designed to meet the requirements of the Key Stage 5 performance tables.

  • England
  • International

Vocational qualifications are either work-related qualifications designed to enable students to gain the skills required to perform a particular job, or qualifications that may be taken as part of a wider study programme or an apprenticeship.

Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the DfE performance tables, if approved for teaching to 16-19 year olds by the Secretary of State for Education in England under Section 96, where this is in the best interests of individual students.

The LRN Level 3 Certificate in Business Management is designed to help students develop their understanding and knowledge of business.

LRN recognises that candidates for this qualification will be at different stages of their career development. Some will be experienced business managers who wish to consolidate and extend their skills in particular areas. Some will be comparatively inexperienced and seek to extend their skills generally, whereas some may be new or potential small business managers, perhaps with experience in a related profession, who are now seeking to transfer those skills to the context of business management.

Education context

This qualification is designed for post-16 students and falls under the oversight of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). A significant number of students will undertake these qualifications post-19.

Following its 2012 review of post-19 qualifications the ESFA removed 1,800 qualifications from public funding and a further 1,000 in 2014. In March 2014 the government published a Reform Plan for Vocational Education.

This qualification has not been subject to the same reforms as Applied General and Tech Level qualifications (which are specifically designed for 16-19 year old students). However the ESFA has implemented a new set of business rules for the approval of qualifications for funding, based on the 2013 Review of Adult Vocational Qualifications in England. These rules recognise that adults may have different needs, aspirations and ambitions to younger people and include that qualifications should be:

  • relevant to individuals and employers and affordable for all sizes of business and for individuals
  • rigorous and based on a robust future-looking occupational standard designed and assessed by the sector
  • recognised as worthy of investment, giving a clear signal of the economically valuable skills, knowledge and understanding required in an occupation now and in the future.

Regulation of vocational qualifications

The regulation of vocational qualifications is the responsibility of the respective regulators in each UK country – Ofqual (England), CCEA Regulation (Northern Ireland) SQA (Scotland) and Qualifications Wales (Wales). The regulatory approach undertaken for vocational qualifications is different from A levels. This is because there are no specific qualification criteria for vocational qualifications, as there currently are for GCSEs, AS and A levels. Vocational qualifications must comply with the regulator’s general rules, as is the case with all regulated qualifications.

The LRN Level 3 Certificate in Business Management is delivered in FE, HE, and by training providers. Delivery can take place on a full or part-time basis. This qualification is part of a wider suite of business and enterprise qualifications, up to Level 7.

Awarding organisation
  • Learning Resource Network
Qualification code
603/0042/5 (LRN Level 3 Certificate in Business Management)

The LRN Level 3 Certificate in Business Management is a four unit qualification. This qualification is assessed by an online multiple choice examination, and by a written assignment, which is externally set and marked by LRN.

Subject areas
  • Business management
  • Level 3

Level 3 qualifications which are regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England and Northern Ireland and the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales, though many may be offered on a three-country basis.

Level 3 is broadly aligned to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6 / 7.


Pass or Fail.


The assessment consists of written assignments, which are externally set and marked by LRN. There is also an online multiple choice examination, which is set and marked by LRN.

The marking of assignments is carried out in accordance with completion of the learning outcomes and the assessment criteria listed in the assignments. To ensure a rigorous quality assurance model is applied, each of the marked assignments is moderated.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

Students must achieve a pass grade in each unit to gain the qualification.

Each assessment component contributes 25% to the overall grade of the qualification.

Resit arrangements

Students whose assessment does not meet the assessment criteria are allowed to resit once only.

Guided/notional learning hours
200 hours
Guided/notional learning hours notes

Guided learning hours (GLH)



Self-study (SS)


Total assessment time (TAT)

40 Hours

Formative assessment

8 hours

Summative assessment

32 hours


Total qualification time

340 hours (GLH + SS + TAT)


UCAS Tariff points

LRN Level 3 Certificate in Business Management

Grade Points
P 16


Key issues for UK HE admissions

There are a number of key considerations for HEPs when reviewing vocational qualifications that are not listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables for England:

  • Some of these qualifications are occupational, and may not be designed specifically for progression to HE.
  • Applicants holding these qualifications may be school or college leavers, however, some may be more mature students who are likely to have other relevant experience alongside these qualifications.
  • These qualifications may have been taken as part of a wider study programme or an apprenticeship.
  • If they are presented for admission to HE it is likely to be in conjunction with other qualifications.

In respect of this qualification:

  • Higher education providers can expect to receive applications from UK and overseas students holding the LRN Level 3 Certificate in Business Management.
Timing of assessments/results for learners

Examinations are available all year round. Results are made available to LRN centres throughout the year. These are available to centres via LRN Portal. LRN issues its results between four to six weeks (upon receiving the candidate assessments from the test centre).

Qualification date
Starting from 01 Sep 2016
Qualification dates notes

This is a current qualification.

Reporting and certification information

The results of thsi qualification are not reported to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL). This does not reflect the validity of the qualification. HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.

View the results available through ABL.

There are no registrations or certifications to date. The reporting of certification is through quarterly reporting to Ofqual.

Progression information

The LRN Level 3 Certificate in Business Management has been designed to reflect the wide variation in students' origins, levels of education, and career aims. Progression opportunities may, therefore, take a variety of paths. Depending on the level of qualification achieved, it may be appropriate for the student to progress to:

  • a Level 4 qualification in business management
  • alternative suitable provision at Level 3
  • vocational qualifications.