You are here: Home / Qualifications / Qualifications Database / IQ IAM Level 4 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management (VRQ)

IQ IAM Level 4 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management (VRQ)


Qualification Number 601/8029/8
Title IQ IAM Level 4 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management (VRQ)
Category National
Sector Business & Administration
Operational Start Date 30/09/2015
Operational End Date 29/09/2019
Total Units 11 Min Credit
Min Guided Learning Hours 531 Max Guided Learning Hours
Min Age From 19 Min Age To 100

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).


This specification is intended for trainers, centres and learners. General information regarding centre approval, registration, assessment papers, certification, reasonable adjustments, special consideration and appeals procedures are available from the website. This document should be read in conjunction with the IQ Quality Management System Centre Guide available from the website.

Qualification Purpose

To see the purpose statement, follow this link:

About this Qualification

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

IQ IAM Level 4 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management (QCF) 601/2718/1

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 4 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management is aimed at administrative and business managers at an operational level, providing them with the knowledge, skills and understanding to work at this level. The qualification has four mandatory units: Administrative Management, The Business Environment, Finance and Accounting for Administrative Managers and Managing People in Organisations. Learners also have to select and complete four of the optional units.

This qualification is part of a suite of qualifications from level 3 through to level 6, providing progression for candidates:

Level 3 is foundation level, level 4 is operational, level 5 is tactical, and level 6 is strategic.  

  • Objectives - meeting relevant programmes of learning, preparing learners for employment, supporting a role in the workplace, and giving learners personal growth and engagement in learning, preparing to progress to further learning (HE)
  • Purpose - B -Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area.        B2 - Develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area
  • Sector -15.3 - Business management

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 four of the optional units.

Barred Units

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.

IQ IAM Level 4 Diploma in Business and Administrative Management (VRQ)
Mandatory Unit GroupsMinimum Units:4
 Minimum Credits:0
 H/507/8595Administrative Management4060
 T/507/8598Finance and Accounting for Administrative Managers4093
 A/507/8599Managing People in Organisations4075
 K/507/8596The Business Environment4060
Optional Units GroupMinimum Units:4
 Minimum Credits:0
 F/507/1914Business Regulation5060
 F/507/8619Facilities Management4078
 J/507/3843Learning and Development5075
 T/507/8620Managing Events4060
 A/507/8618Marketing Concepts4060
 D/507/3847Project Management5075
 H/507/8600Quantitative Methods for Administrative Managers4063


There are two types of assessment for this qualification: assignments** and examinations* (see table above). Assignments are all externally set, internally marked and awarded by IQ; exams are all externally set and marked and awarded by IQ and must be held under exam conditions.   

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 (except for the project units):

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

2) An assignment brief where the candidate uses the company that they work for to complete the assignment. E.g. Assignment brief Own 101XX02

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. 

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 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 5 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