The Diploma in Business Management is an equivalent Level 7 programme. The programme consists of 5 units, all of which are compulsory, as shown. The Diploma in Business Management is designed to meet the needs of senior/middle managers in the running of their businesses, and to facilitate their progression to higher levels within their organisation. Managers need to be aware of issues, able to analyse their potential outcomes and consequences, and decide how to react. They do not have to be expert in all areas of business but they need to possess a general awareness of what specialist facilities and services exist, and how they can assist in carrying out that role. The programme includes contemporary topics reflecting key issues within the 21st century business environment, as well as the latest developments in management research.