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Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management

The Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management was developed in 2016 with support and feedback from UK universities.

The qualification covers key areas of management such as Finance, HR, Marketing and Personal Development and prepares learners for a range of careers. It also provides entry to an MBA top-up at a range of universities in the UK and overseas. The qualification typically takes 9 months full-time study to achieve and is considered by many to be ATHE’s flagship product. As well as the Extended Diploma option (120 credit) there is a Diploma option (60 credit).

At a glance

  • Provides 5 optional pathways; General, Finance, Marketing, Managing People and International

  • Designed with support from universities

  • Graded with Pass, Merit and Distinction

  • Progression to an MBA top-up at a range of university partners

  • Extended Diploma is 1,200 learning hours, usually studied over an academic year

  • Can be delivered in the classroom, by distance or by blended learning.


The optional units chosen will determine which pathway is achieved. Alternatively, you can choose any 3 optional units and achieve the general pathway. In addition to the Extended Diploma, there is a Diploma option (60 credit).

Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management Core Units

  • Strategic Planning

  • Finance for Strategic Managers

  • Research for Strategic Development

  • Organisational Behaviour

  • Personal Development for Leadership and Strategic Management

Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management Optional Units

  • International Business Environment

  • Developing Organisational Vision and Strategic Direction

  • International Finance

  • Quantitative Methods

  • Strategic Marketing

  • International Marketing

  • Corporate Communication Strategies

  • Strategic Human Resources Management

  • Managing Continuous Organisational Improvement

Progression Routes

You can progress to an MBA Top-up from the Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management. The MBA Top-up typically takes 9 months to study

Entry Criteria


These qualifications provide a flexible route for learners who have already achieved management qualifications at a lower level as well as for learners who do not have business or management qualifications but may have qualifications in other areas and/or prior management experience in the workplace.

Age: 19 +
Entry profile:

  • A first degree in business, management, or related subject

  • A level 6 qualification, for example, an ATHE Level 6 Diploma in Management

  • May also have relevant work experience


Face to Face: £6500

Online Fee: £5800


Face to Face:  One Year

Online: 8 to 9 Months

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