Level 7 Diploma in Business Management (L7DBM)

NCC Education is accredited to award the Level 7 Diploma in Business Management (RQF) by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) in England. Ofqual qualification reference number is 600/0365/0.

For entry onto the NCC Education L7DBM qualification students must have at least one of the following:

  • Academic Route:

An honours degree in a relevant subject area from a UK university or equivalent award from a non-UK university

Or

  • Combined Route:

An honours degree in a non-relevant subject area from a UK university or equivalent award from a non-UK university, together with three years’ work experience in a relevant area

Or

  • Work Experience Route:

Five years’ work experience in a relevant industry or area

And

An IELTS score of 6.5 or above for students who do not hold a degree-level qualification wholly taught and examined in English.

1)    Where students entering through the ‘Academic Route’ have no work experience and will not be able to gain work experience during their studies (for example because they are subject to UK Tier 4 Student Visa requirements), the Accredited Partner Centre will make a careful evaluation of the students suitability for this qualification. This may require an interview with the prospective student.

2)    Where students wish to apply with a qualification which the Accredited Partner Centre believes may allow entry onto the L7DBM, but is not explicitly covered in the criteria above, this must be confirmed with NCC Education prior to accepting the student’s registration.

3)    Students entering via the Combined Route who are most likely to succeed will be able to demonstrate a management role and/or significant responsibility for resources (including staff, financial, physical etc.) within their prior work experience. Where students are unable to demonstrate this (for example where they need to gain the L7DBM qualification in order to apply for a management role), they may still be admitted but the Accredited Partner Centre will make a careful evaluation of the student’s suitability for this qualification. This may require an interview with the prospective student.

4)    Students entering via the Work Experience Route who are most likely to succeed will be able to demonstrate, within their five years of related work experience, at least two years in a management role and/or with significant responsibility for resources (staff, financial, physical etc.). Where students are unable to demonstrate at least two years in a management role and/or significant responsibility for resources (for example where they need to gain the L7DBM qualification in order to apply for such a management role), they may still be admitted but the Accredited Partner Centre will make a careful evaluation of the students suitability for this qualification. This would normally require an interview with the prospective student.

Students must study the following eight core units:

  • Information and Knowledge Management – considers the effective use of information and knowledge by managers in organisations and the technology used to manage, capture and derive this.
  • International Marketing Strategy – coverage of a wide range of contemporary issues in strategic marketing with a particular focus on the international cultural dimension.
  • Management, Control and Accountability for Financial Resources – considers the responsibility of managers for financial resources under their control and introduces control and management techniques.
  • Managing People in Organisations – examines some of the contemporary themes associated with managing people. A thematic approach to the subject develops an awareness of the concepts and theory that underpin organisational behaviour and human resource management.
  • Research Methods – develops the knowledge and skills needed by senior management and for further academic research including: critical and creative thinking, complex problem solving, decision-making and research skills.
  • Study Skills for Postgraduate Learning – provides the essential skills and knowledge required for studying at postgraduate level. The module is designed to support study in the qualification’s other units and to develop transferable skills useful at managerial level.
  • Strategic Management – focuses upon strategic analysis by utilising a set of analytical techniques for further/better understanding, hence influencing a company’s position in its actual and potential marketplace.
  • Strategic Operations Management – develops an understanding and an ability to critically appraise decision-making, relating to operations management in both the manufacturing and services sector.

Assessments for all units are offered in a number of assessment cycles throughout the year. Units are assessed by a combination of examination and assignments with the exception of Research Methods and Study Skills for Postgraduate Learning that are assessed by one assignment piece.

Past papers and sample assessments:

Information and Knowledge Management

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International Marketing Strategy

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Management, Control and Accountability for Financial Resources

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Managing People in Organisations

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Research Methods

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Study Skills for Postgraduate Learning

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Strategic Management

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Strategic Operations Management

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The qualification is designed to allow entry to and/or enhance progression in a wide range of management roles in the public, private or charitable sectors. NCC Education currently has articulations in place for entry onto MBA and other master’s level qualifications with a number of universities either on campus, through distance learning or online.

Information on the available progression routes can be found in this PDF leaflet.

Progression routes can also be found on our University Progression page.