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IQ IAM Level 6 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management (VRQ)


Qualification Number 601/6146/2
Title IQ IAM Level 6 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management (VRQ)
Category National
Sector Business & Administration
Operational Start Date 31/05/2015
Operational End Date 29/04/2020
Total Units 12 Min Credit
Min Guided Learning Hours 480 Max Guided Learning Hours 920
Min Age From 19 Min Age To

Registration Fee : £100.00

This is the administrative fee that IQ charges centres to register a learner on this qualification, and NOT a training fee. All fees include registration, certification and postage (international delivery rates may apply).

Qualification Purpose

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About this Qualification

On the 02/12/2015, this qualification replaced the:

IQ IAM Level 6 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management (QCF) 601/2771/5

Learners must only register for this qualification. Learners who were already registered on the old qualification have until 31/12/2017 to be certified.

The IQ IAM Level 6 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management is aimed at administrative and business managers at a senior level, providing them with the knowledge, skills and understanding to be able to make decisions and analyse documents and reports at this level. The qualification has four mandatory units: Strategic Management, Finance for Decision Making, Management Information Systems for Business and Human Resources Management. Learners also have to select and complete two of the optional units. 

Barred Units

Two units within this qualification are barred. Barred units exist to allow learners greater choice in how to meet the required number of units achieve a qualification. However, because barred units feature a significant overlap of content, learners are not allowed to take more than one unit of a barred set. The following table displays all of the optional barred units that can be taken within this qualification; only one unit from each pair/set can count towards the learner’s qualification.   


Learners who achieve this qualification can progress to, for example:

  • Degrees in areas business, business management, business administration
  • Business and management undergraduate courses
  • Membership of professional bodies
  • Managerial roles such as operations director, business development manager or company secretary

Take this Qualification

If you are interested in taking this qualification and would like to find your nearest IQ centre, please give us a call on 01952 457 452 and a member of our team will be happy to help.


To achieve this qualification learners have to complete all four mandatory units plus two of the optional units. Learners may achieve either or both of the Additional units, however this achievement will not count towards the overall requirement or grading for this qualification.

IQ IAM Level 6 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management (VRQ)
Mandatory UnitsMinimum Units:4
 Minimum Credits:0
 D/507/1905Finance for Decision Making6080
 H/507/1906Human Resources Management6080
 M/507/1908Management Information Systems for Business6080
 Y/507/1904Strategic Management6080
Optional UnitsMinimum Units:2
 Minimum Credits:0
 R/507/1917Business Research6080
 L/507/1916Change Management6080
 T/507/1909Corporate Governance and Risk Management6080
 K/507/1910International Business Environment6080
 M/507/1911Marketing Communications Strategy6080
 A/507/1913Organisational Culture, Leadership and Change6080
Additional UnitsMinimum Units:0
 Minimum Credits:0
 F/507/1914Business Regulation5060
 J/507/1915Managing Information and Knowledge in Organisations5060


There are two types of assessment for this qualification: assignments** and examinations*.

Assignments are all externally set, internally marked and moderated and awarded by IQ; exams are all externally set and marked and awarded by IQ.  

The assessment for each unit covers a minimum of 80% of the assessment criteria in that unit. 

Examined units:

The assessment for these units must be held under exam conditions. Examination papers are available for centres to book via the IQR Registration System, which is provided upon centre approval to offer the qualification. Please see the IQR Guide for further information. Examination papers are sent, upon assessment booking confirmation, to centres approximately up to 5 working days before the date of the exam. Please see the IQ Guidance for Examinations for further information.

Once the candidate has completed the examination, all assessment documentation must be sent to IQ within 48 hours:

  • Centres in the UK must send the documentation by post (secure postage is recommended);
  • International centres must scan and email the documentation to (centres must keep all original documentation which may be required at a later stage.

Moderated units:  

Assignments are available for centres to book via the IQR Registration System, which is provided upon centre approval to offer the qualification. Assignment briefs, mark schemes and marking forms, which include marking guidance, are sent to centres upon assessment booking confirmation. Please see the IQR Guide for further information.

There are two types of assignment for centres to select from:

1) An assignment brief which provides a scenario which the learner must follow E.g. Assignment brief 101XX01

2) An assignment brief were the candidate uses the company that they work for to complete the assignment. E.g. Assignment brief own 101XX01

It is essential that the correct assignment is selected when booking. The assignments and relevant MS for use with own company will have “Own” in the title. 

Once the candidate has completed an assignment this must be marked by the centre using the mark scheme, marking form and guidance provided and then submitted to IQ for moderation before the end of the moderation series. The moderation and examination timetable is available from the IQ website.


This qualification is graded, successful learners can achieve: pass, merit or distinction. 

The UMS system is used to ensure that standards can be maintained within units across different assessments. Unit UMS scores are aggregated to arrive at a qualification UMS total, and a final grade is awarded accordingly, subject to a minimum cap that ensures that each unit must be achieved at Pass before the qualification can be achieved.

The design of this qualification uses a compensatory approach which means that better performance in some areas of the assessment can compensate for lesser performance in other areas, subject to the condition that each unit must be passed in order to achieve an overall pass. 

The qualification has a maximum of 600 UMS marks, 360 are required for a Pass, 432 for a Merit and 492 for a Distinction.


IQ reserve the right to call candidates for an interview for example for borderline candidates. Results for candidates called for interview will not be released until this has taken place. The interview can be either face to face or electronically.  

Word Count

In each assignment brief the word count is clearly indicated; in the absence of a word count, none applies. For example, those tasks featuring a series of brief questions often do not specify a word count. On the other hand, for example where a writing sample is required, a word limit will be formally stipulated.

The word count does not include referencing, repeating the question/s or the learning outcomes and or assessment criteria. It only applies to the actual answer submitted by the candidate.

Submissions that are under or over the word count will have marks deducted on a sliding scale

Learner Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, learners must able to work at this level and have sufficient command of English Language. It is the centres responsibility to assess candidates at enrolment to ensure that this level of qualification is appropriate for them; ensuring that learners can work, have sufficient maturity, and also that they have sufficient capabilities in the English language at this level. Centres must keep a record of the initial assessment for quality assurance purposes. As an example candidates whose English is not their first language are expected to be working at a minimum standard of C1 (on the Common European Framework) on the Home Office’s list of recognised English tests and qualifications.

Tutor Requirements

All trainers delivering this qualification must have

  • Appropriate teaching qualification e.g. Level 3 Award in Education and Training
  • Sector competency and suitable qualifications in Business and Administration at level 7 or above
  • Relevant CPD 

Centre Requirements

Centres must be approved by IQ in order to offer this qualification.



Downloadable Resources

Click here to view the IAM Centre Guidance