ATHE Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management

Course Overview

This qualification is inspired and based upon the Masters in Business Administration which is a world renowned higher education qualification which encompasses all the core competencies required of a senior business manager.
On the QCF at Level 7 which is equivalent to MBA level, the ATHE Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management is recognised by a variety of UK universities as equivalent to their own MBA content.
The qualification is not tied to any specific industry or country, and instead outlines the skills and knowledge that meet the needs of managers in different sectors on a domestic and international platform.


Qualification Overview

Credit Value: 120 Credits
Qualification Level: 7

Course Units


Qualification Units

Learners must complete the five mandatory units totalling 85 credits plus a further three or four units from the list of optional units to achieve a minimum of 120 credits.


Unit Title Level Credit GLH
Mandatory units (85 Credits)
Learners must complete the five mandatory units totaling 85 credits.
Organisational Behaviour 7 15 60
Global Business Strategy 7 15 60
Strategic Resource Management 7 15 60
Finance for Strategic Managers 7 15 60
Research for Senior Managers 7 25 60
Optional units (35 Credits)
Learners must complete a further 3 or 4 units from the list below to achieve a minimum of 120 credits for the Diploma.
Human Resource Management 6 15 60
Project Management 6 15 60
Programme Leadership 7 10 40
Economics for Business 6 15 60
Risk Management 6 10 40
Strategic Marketing 6 15 60
Corporate Communications Strategies 7 10 30
Manage Continuous Organisational Improvement 7 15 60
Sustainable Business Strategy 7 10 40
Strategic Planning 7 15 45
Managing Quality and Service Delivery 6 10 40
Personal Leadership and Management Development 6 10 40

Entry key and information

Awards ATHE Level 7
Mode of Study Full Time
Duration 1 year
Awarding body ATHE
Location Elegant International College263-265 Battersea Park Rd. LondonSW11 4NE

Entry Requirements:

These qualifications are designed for learners who are typically aged 19 and above.

ATHE’s policy regarding access to our qualifications is that:

  • They should be available to everyone who is capable of reaching the required standards
  • They should be free from any barriers that restrict access and progression
  • There should be equal opportunities for all those wishing to access the qualifications

Centres should review the prior qualifications and experience of each learner and consider whether they provide the necessary foundations to undertake the programme of study at level 4. For learners with disabilities and specific needs, this review will need to take account of the support available to the learner during teaching and assessment of the qualification.

For learners who have recently been in education or training the entry profile is likely to include one of following:

  • A GCE Advanced level profile with achievement in 2 or more subjects supported by 5 or more GCSEs at grades C and above
  • Other related level 3 subjects
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate delivered by an approved further education institute and validated by an Access Validating Agency
  • Other equivalent international qualifications

Learners must also have an appropriate standard of English to enable them to access relevant resources and complete the unit assignments.

Learners may also have relevant work experience.

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include relevant work experience (paid and/or unpaid) with levels of responsibility, participation and/or achievement of relevant professional qualifications. This may be used for recognition of prior learning (RPL).


English Language Requirements:

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:


  • IELTS 5.5 (5.0 in writing)
  • TOEFL IBT 71(19 in writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 51 (46 in writing)or equivalent.

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