Level 7 Diploma in Business Management – classroom block teaching


Business Management

Level 7 Diploma in Business Management – classroom block teaching

This postgraduate Level 7 Diploma in Business Management from Learning Resource Network (LRN) is intended to improve your career. It leads directly on to the advanced stages of MBA and Masters degree programmes. (See the university progression and MBA Advanced Entry Route pages).

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The Diploma qualification is taught through classroom block teaching. You study each Diploma unit over a three day long weekend at designated local venues and then have some weeks to complete the assessment before the next unit.

The qualification is assessed by assignment.

Who is it for?

The qualification has been developed for directors and managers of all types of organisations, both private and public sector, who want to obtain a recognised post-graduate level qualification.


The LRN Level 7 Diploma in Business Management consists of five units:

  • Business strategy, planning and management (20 credits)
  • Financial resources and performance management (25 credits)
  • Leadership, change and people management (25 credits)
  • Corporate strategy, governance and ethics (25 credits)
  • Research methodology and its application to marketing (25 credits)

Download LRN Level 7 Diploma in Business Management learning outcomes and assessment criteria May 2017

Entry Requirements

You must have one of the following:

  • a first degree in business, management or related subjects or a UK level 6 qualification for example a Diploma in Management, or
  • other equivalent international qualifications

Learners may also be accepted on the basis of their work experience. This would normally include at least five years extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) based on working in roles with management responsibility and/or achievement of a range of relevant professional qualifications. Such experience and qualifications may be used for recognition of prior learning (RPL).

You must also have an appropriate standard of English to enable you to access relevant resources and complete the unit assignments. Therefore you should have a speaking, listening, reading and writing ability which is commensurate to CEFR Level B2 (or equivalent). (We can test you on this for free if you are not sure.)

What is included?

The Diploma is taught through classroom block teaching. You study the Diploma one unit at a time in an intense three day block over a weekend at a local venue followed by around six weeks study while you write your assignment until all five units are completed. The local venues are arranged based on demand so please contact us. Alternatively you can study the qualification just online, see Level 7 Diploma in Business Management for details.

You also have access to our Teaching Zone so you can use the Manager’s tool kit and effective learning skills sections along with entry to the student lounge discussion forum.

In addition you will have a personal tutor who is a subject expert whom you can contact if you have any questions.

LRN registration and assignment marking fees are included in the fee.


Business Strategy, Planning and Management

This unit aims to give you a strategic understanding of:

  • the nature, scope and need for strategic business management and planning in international profit and not-for-profit organisations
  • a range of classical and contemporary models, concepts and tools in business strategy and planning
  • the processes by which organisations identify and develop their goals and values
  • the impact of political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal factors
  • the key forces that represent both opportunities and threats to organisations whether for profit or not-for-profit
  • the strategy process for an organisation to achieve competitive advantage
  • the future challenges affecting strategic business management and planning.

Financial Resources and Performance Management

This unit aims to give you a strategic understanding of:

  • how to use financial statements to evaluate performance, and understand the limitations of such analysis
  • how to use, and appraise the effectiveness of, management accounting information in the planning and control of an organisation’s resources
  • how to critically appraise and evaluate contemporary management accounting methodology to support the effective management and control of resources
  • how to identify and critically assess the management and performance of tangible and intangible resources in business strategy and planning
  • organisational objectives and alternative finance available to fund the achievement of these objectives
  • how to use financial data, techniques and tools to evaluate long term capital decisions
  • the international aspects of financial strategy
  • the sources and consequences of risk for organisations and know how these risks may be managed.

Leadership, Change and People Management

This unit aims to give you a strategic understanding of:

  • the contribution that an organisation’s employees can make to competitive advantage and the advancement of the strategic vision and values
  • be able to apply appropriate strategies for people resourcing, retention and development
  • strategies for enhancing employee commitment and engagement within an organisation
  • the potential value of leadership approaches linked to High Performance Working (HPW) at all levels in the organisation (strategic, managerial and operational/tactical)
  • be able to implement the theories, concepts and techniques associated with organisational change
  • how to apply the capabilities associated with the effective management of change, and be able to maximise the contribution of people, within an HPW culture.

Corporate Strategy, Governance and Ethics

This unit aims to give you a strategic understanding of:

  • how to analyse the business environment and development of a business organisation which operates worldwide
  • the relationships between an organisation’s resources, product/services and its environment
  • how to evaluate business ethics from a worldwide perspective
  • the concepts and perspectives of Corporate Governance in an organisation which operates worldwide
  • the impact of corporate social and environmental responsibility on organisations
  • how organisations manage corporate governance and ethics in order to achieve corporate goals
  • how to implement and monitor ethical and governance issues in developing an appropriate corporate strategy.

 Research Methodology and its Application to Marketing

This unit aims to give you a strategic understanding of:

  • the role of research methods, as used in business
  • how to research methodologies that relate to business research
  • how to develop research designs from quantitative and qualitative perspectives
  • how to set research objectives and plan a research project
  • management, business and marketing theory and the relevant literature from varied sources that contribute to the research project
  • how to determine a specific marketing related research issue, set research objectives, plan and carry out a research project, critically analyse and evaluate evidence, and report the findings and outcomes
  • how to design the data collection surveys from quantitative and qualitative perspectives, evaluate the contrasting research methodologies and determine the best approaches to obtain the required data
  • how to write up the results of the project as a business consultancy report.

How do I study and how long does it take?

Each unit is taught with an initial three day block in a classroom followed by a six week period when you complete the unit assignment. There are five units in total so the combined time is around eight months. The unit dates and locations are taught on a rolling programme so you can join any unit and you are not restricted by traditional academic term times.

You will receive your log in and password for the Teaching Zone as soon as we have received payment.

If you do not want to study in a classroom then you can also study the qualification online – see Level 7 Diploma in Business Management.

How is it assessed?

All five units are each assessed by a 3,500 word written assignment.