LRN Level 3 Certificate in Business Management

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The LRN Level 3 Certificate in Business Management is designed to help learners 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.

Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the performance tables, if approved for teaching to 16-19 year olds, where this is in the best interests of individual students.

This qualification is not listed on the 16-19 performance tables.

Education context

This qualification is delivered in FE, HE, and 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

This is a Level 3 qualification which is regulated by Ofqual, and which sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Level 3 is the same level as A levels and comparable to SCQF Level 6.


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

Learners 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

Learners 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

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

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

The results of many UK qualifications are reported to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL).

  • A levels and results from larger awarding bodies are reported automatically
  • IB results are only reported with the candidate’s permission
  • Some results are not reported through ABL; this does not reflect the validity of the qualification.

View the results available through ABL.

Where results are not available through ABL, HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.

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.