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Get a recognised business
qualification - online
and at low cost.

  • Want to open the door to a high-paying career and an exciting lifestyle?
  • Need a flexible learning option that will fit into your life?
  • Want to break into the world of business without breaking your bank account?

Register for the Business Diploma course

Do you dream of having the lifestyle of an international business person?

- Working in the corporate world with your own private office on the 50th floor?
- Having a career where every day brings exciting new challenges?
- Making an impact on the world?

Or maybe you'd like to one day be your own boss and run your own successful business?

With a business diploma you can unlock each and every one of these opportunities.

Our Diploma in Business also sets you on the road to a business degree - even if you're not really the 'academic type' and no matter what qualifications you currently have.

A business diploma - the key to your new and exciting future

Unlike many qualifications, business diplomas are always in demand. As the saying goes, "money makes the world go round", and with a business diploma you'll have the knowledge and skills employers are desperately looking for.

So you can wave goodbye to struggling to get hired for low-paying jobs, finally break through into a career that you're excited about, and even surpass your friends who went to university but studied worthless degrees that'll never help them get a job.

Whether you're interested in working in the field of entertainment, sport, technology, fashion, retail, or real fact, no matter what industry you're interested in, there's a real need for the specific skills that you'll learn while studying for your business degree

By studying a business diploma, you'll...

  • Learn practical business skills that employers need.
  • Develop your problem-solving ability, improve your people skills, and finally get a chance to use your creativity (exactly the sort of useful, real-world skills that you never learned at school)
  • Join the growing list of success stories of people who struggled at school but excelled in the world of business, including people like Sir Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Lord Alan Sugar, Deborah Meaden, Daymond John, Ingvar Kamprad, Barbara Corcoran, David Neeleman, Diane Swonk, Tommy Hilfiger, and Charles Schwab.

All of this makes a business diploma the perfect choice for the kind of right-brained thinker who struggled to fit into the rigid school system and perhaps doesn't consider themselves a 'natural academic'.

The ATHE Level 3 Business Diploma - Your passport to university

The ATHE Level 3 business diploma is also a stepping stone to university.

Our Ofqual-regulated qualification is the equivalent of the matric and is accepted by many universities.

In short, the ATHE Level 3 Business Diploma is everything you need to get a great job, as well as the route to university and a business degree.

And by studying the ATHE Level 3 Business course course, instead of going back to school and resitting your old, boring exams, you can learn fresh, interesting information that you'll actually use throughout your career in the world of business.

You'll learn all about:

  • how businesses operate
  • what marketing is and how to create a marketing plan that attracts customers and generates profits
  • the different types of business leadership
  • the communication skills you need to excel in the workplace
  • how to give a business presentation
  • ...and more.

You'll also learn all of the academic and research skills that you were never taught at the school so that by the time you begin your Bachelor's degree, you're not only going to survive at university, you'll thrive.

And, as for'll be happy to learn that the entire ATHE Level 3 Diploma is graded by assignment.

That's right.

There isn't a single exam throughout the entire course.


Which means that, just like in the world of business, your performance depends on what you actually know and not on how good you are at memorising facts and then regurgitating them under exam conditions.

Home-study to university in one step

When you choose to study your ATHE Level 3 Diploma with us, you can get your diploma via flexible 'distance learning'.

That means you can...

  • Study from the comfort of your own home and without ever stepping foot in a matter where you live in the UK.

  • Study at your own pace. Unlike a regular classroom, you get to decide how quickly you cover the material. Take your time on the tricky subjects or breeze through the material without anyone holding you back. By studying at The Blackford Centre, you can spend as long or as little as you like on each subject. So whether you want to get through your Diploma and into university as fast as possible or prefer to take your time to fully digest the material, you're in complete control.

  • Earn while you learn. There's no need to quit your job and enrol in a full-time college course. Instead you can still earn a living AND still work towards your goals.

  • Work in sessions that fit your study personality. Instead of the one-size-fits-all approach that you were forced into back at school, using online distance learning you can work in sessions that fit your study style. Learn in long study sessions or short burst with lots of breaks. It's entirely up to you.

  • Fit studying into your schedule. With distance learning, there's no classroom attendance, which means you can work whenever's most convenient. Mornings, evenings, weekends, even on your lunch break. So, whether you're an early bird or a night owl, you get to tailor your learning experience to whatever's right for you...instead of what's right for other students or the teacher.

  • Avoid the distractions of being around other students, so you can focus on getting the work done.

And you can begin whenever you like.

When studying at The Blackford Centre, there's no fixed start or end date.

That means you don't have to wait until the 'start of term' before you can begin working towards your diploma.

You can even enrol today.

It's the savings

Study with us, and by the end of your second university year you will have saved R585000.

Here's how.

A standard university will charge you R 197000 a year. Plus R 107000 for accommodation. Plus food. And text books. And travel. You won't get it for less than R 340000 a year.

Our Level 3 and 4 Diplomas will cost you a little over R 64000 in total. That's a saving of R 276000 in the first university year.

Our Level 5 Diploma, due September 2020, lets you skip the second year at university. Instead of paying R 681000 you'll pay £4,500.

Your savings will then amount to R 585000.

Plus you'll have been able to continue working, caring for children or whatever it is you need to do.

Confused about which route to take? Check out our handy table below.

Online university options

Benefit from our state-of-the-art virtual learning environment

At the Blackford Centre, all of the material you need for your ATHE Level 3 Business Diploma is provided via our state-of-the-art virtual learning environment.

And thanks to our decades of experience at delivering distance learning, we know how to make your learning experience as enjoyable and as easy as possible.

Once you enrol, you'll be given everything you need to get your Diploma and gain a place at the university of your choice.

And you'll receive all of your textbooks entirely free of charge. So you won't spend hours searching for extra material; and there are no hidden costs.

Instead, you just need to work on the material that we give you.

We've taken care of all the rest, so that your study time is as smooth and efficient as possible.

And, whenever you're ready to hand in assignments, you can do it through email.

Which means that all you need to get your ATHE Diploma 3 is the desire to learn and an internet connection.

You'll be coached through your Diploma by experienced business pros.

Distance learning works best when you have regular access to great tutors, people who will give you the personal attention that'll keep you on track.

And that's why, as a student of The Blackford Centre, you'll be given both a personal mentor and a tutor. Think of them as your very own personal success team who'll help to support you through your Diploma, keep you motivated, check that you understand all of the material, make sure you can complete your assignments, and be ready to offer whatever help you need.

We make learning easy and pain-free, and give you enough personal one-on-one attention to give you the confidence to know you're not 'going it alone'.

Along with your teaching time, each week you'll also have a bonus catch-up call where you get a chance to talk to your mentor one-on-one. So, no matter whether you need some extra help, a few quick tips and tricks to help you learn, some encouraging words to motivate you and help you stay on the path to success, or even if you just need a friendly ear and want to vent, your mentor is ready to help.

All this means that even though you're never in the same room as your teachers, you may find that you're actually getting more personal attention than you would in a conventional classroom setting.

Another thing that sets The Blackford Centre's tutors apart is that, unlike some of the teachers you may be used to, at The Blackford Centre, our tutors don't just know how to teach business...they've actually lived it.

You see, our tutors aren't just highly-qualified teachers who are passionate about helping you achieve your dreams. They also have real-world, practical experience of what they're teaching.

In other words, that means that you'll be able to learn business from people whose understanding goes beyond what they've read in a textbook. They can give you the kind of practical knowledge and inside information that can only come from someone who has been there and done it.

In fact, our teachers have trained staff from companies and organisations including:

  • British Aerospace
  • Unilever
  • Jaguar
  • Land Rover
  • EasyJet
  • Marks and Spencer
  • The National Trust
  • Selfridges
  • and even the Royal Air Force you you'll be getting quality tuition every step of the way.


Could I do my degree entirely online?

Yes. An increasing number of universities let you study at home. And many offer an online business degree: UNISA, as well as UK and USA universities: Essex Online, Derby, Hertfordshire, Wolverhampton, Northampton, Edinburgh Napier, Bournemouth, Coventry, and Aberdeen.

By doing a Level 3 Diploma with us, you get access to them.

And then if you do your Level 4 Diploma with us, you can skip the first year at university, saving you £13,000.

Learn more about your choices. Check out our options chart. Click here.

But what about the 'university social life' I'll miss out on?

With our Level 3 Diploma you can go on to study business at almost any UK university. So if you want the bars and the sports fields, you'll get them.

Or you can use the Level 3 Diploma to take an online business degree.

If you do your degree a distance learning university then, yes, you'll miss out on the social life.

But you may feel that going for a few drinks with a handful of classmates between lectures, assignments, and revision sessions isn't worth the extra money?

When you study our Level 4 Business and Management Diploma you will skip the first year at university, and still have a social life. Only you won't have to pay thousands to enjoy it.

But as experts in distance learning, we at The Blackford Centre know the value of being part of a community and of being able to connect with students studying the same course as you. We know it's good to find people who can relate to your experiences, because they're going through a similar transformation in their own lives. We understand it makes the entire learning experience more enjoyable, helps you stay motivated, and keeps you from ever feeling isolated.

That's why, when you sign up for either your Level 3 or Level 4 Diploma, you'll be granted free access to the student forum.

Here you can hang out and connect with all of our other students that are also working towards their ATHE business Diplomas whenever you feel like reaching out to your peers for support, help, advice, or even just a good old chat.

The Blackford Centre - making a difference for 25 years

For more than 25 years, we at the Blackford Centre have been helping students of all ages and backgrounds to achieve their dreams and fulfil their potential through distance learning.

Our proven process has helped thousands of students both to switch to a career they love and to get into the university of their choice.

Both our Level 3 and Level 4 Business Diploma packages are all-inclusive with absolutely no hidden fees or costs. Your course fee covers all of the learning material and study resources, and the support you'll receive from tutors and mentors.

And as your choice for distance learning, the Blackford Centre is both a fully-accredited provider of the ATHE Level 3 Business Diploma and ATHE Level 4 Business and Management Diploma; and our courses are certified by the QAA, the UK's Quality Assurance Authority for Higher Education.

Two easy ways to pay for your Diploma

We don't want anything to hold you back from the career of your dreams, which is why we've made paying for your ATHE Diploma just as convenient as studying for it.

You can either pay in a single lump sum or via a 10-month instalment plan.

Whether you choose to pay all at once or by instalment, there are no extra costs, no hidden fees, there's no interest to pay, and there are no credit checks.

Plus, there's a 60-day no-quibble money-back guarantee, so you can cancel at any time during the first two months.

Am I eligible to enrol?

To enrol, you simply need to be over the age of 16.

Aside from that, there are no other requirements or restrictions holding you back from the future you deserve.

Note that many universities require you to have an A-C grade GCSE in English and Maths, or the equivalent. If you don't have those, talk to us. We have solutions.


If you're ready to break free of the past and take the exciting next step towards the career of your dreams and the life you deserve, you can begin our no-risk free trial today.

It only takes a few moments to complete the registration process and then you can try out the same distance learning system that has helped thousands of people just like you to succeed.

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Any questions?

If you have any questions, call us on 065 317 8848 (or +27 65 317 8848 if you're outside South Africa) and we'll answer any queries you might have.

We look forward to helping you succeed.

With best wishes

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Kit Sadgrove
Course Director

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