Postgraduate Level 7

Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management


The Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management is an MBA Advanced Entry course, which provides learners with 120 credits of the 180 credits required to achieve a complete MBA. The course itself is made up of 30 interactive modules and 8 written assignments, with approximately 40 guided learning hours per module. All modules have an additional 30-50 learning hours of optional materials that comprise of recommended exercises, recommended readings, Internet resources, and self-testing exercises. After receiving your Level 7 Diploma, you are eligible to apply for an MBA Top Up course, either online or on campus at a range of UK Universities. The top up portion will usually consist of the final 60 credits of either, a dissertation, or a dissertation and one module.

The Diploma is awarded by ATHE. 

Other Course Information


To enrol onto the Level 7 programme, you must be either:

a) a university graduate who is over 22 years old, 


b) a non-university graduate over 24 year old, and with at least five years of managerial experience.


Upon successful completion of the Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and final year of an accredited postgraduate degree programme, learners will have the skills to execute a professional managerial role in marketing, accounting, business consultancy, and more. A business management diploma and MBA develops key cognitive skills such as critical thinking, analysis, evaluation, and writing while also establishing presentation and numeracy skills to enhance knowledge and experience. These skills are critical in helping you advance your career.


The ATHE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management Course has 30 modules and 8 written assignments. On completion of the modules, students will be given the assignment questions. The assignments are approximately 3000-5000 words each.


Euro 7,500 per Academic Year  


This course is eligible for funding under the Get Qualified Scheme. Upon Successful completion of the course, students will be able to recover up to 70% of expenses on both the registration and tuition fees paid when starting the course. (Click here for more information) 



Holders of this Diploma are eligible to progress to the following programmes: 

  • MBA Top Up (Distance Learning) from University of Northampton


The Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management is awarded by ATHE & recognised by NCFHE at MQF Level 7.

Module Listings

  • Qualities of Effective Leadership
    Learners will explore the making and developing of powerful leaders.
  • Developing Interpersonal Skills
    Connecting and bonding with people within the commercial sectors is extremely important for good business. This module trains learners in skills to improve and enhance communication techniques to create strong bonds.
  • Motivating and Influencing People
    Inspiring people to create a unity of direction within business.
  • Making Decisions
    Doing the right things in the right way at the right time. Learners will look at the process of making a good decision.
  • Creativity and Problem Solving
    Do problems pose a threat or are they an opportunity to improve? Here, learners will figure out how to turn a problem into an advantage.
  • Studying and Using Management Theories
    There are many theories concerned with management and the various models developed from these theories. This module looks over these theories with real life examples.
  • The External Operating Environment of Business
    Planning for influences on the business outside your control.
  • Culture and Ethics
    The Culture and ethics involved in the business world today.
  • Governance and Directorships
    Structuring and controlling a business the professional way.
  • Analysing the Competition
    What are my competitors doing, how are they doing it, why are they doing it? Reviewing and analysing competitor actions to enhance managerial roles.
  • Marketing Strategy
    Creating an effective and successful market presence. Looking at the development of marketing strategies to create successful marketing campaigns.
  • High Performance Sales
    Learners will grasp the key elements of successful selling.
  • E-Marketing Communication
    Understanding and using effective electronic messages to market.
  • Customers and their Needs
    Ensuring that your customers are recognised and valued.
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
    Human Resource Management must play a central role in the strategy of any organization. It is concerned with people as an asset of the business.
  • Recruiting and CPD
    Getting the best people. Developing the best people. Keeping the best people.
  • Measuring and Rewarding Performance
    Knowing and measuring how your people are performing.
  • Interpreting Business Accounts
    Using and understanding the litmus tests of business health.
  • Tools of Financial Analysis
    Resources, tools and techniques to keep a finger on the pulse of the business.
  • Managing Cash and Working Capital
    Cash, cash flow and working capital. The lifeblood of business.
  • Exercises in Quantitative Techniques
    How to use and understand key figures.
  • Impact of Technology on Business
    Analyse and exploit the role of e-business within a business sector.
  • Innovation and R&D
    Creating commercial advantage from innovation and research.
  • Implementing and Managing Quality Systems
    Right first time, right every time. The place of quality in business strategy.
  • Strategic Planning Tools
    Resources, tools and ideas to help create an effective business strategy.
  • Strategic and Systems Management
    Options for strategic direction. Making the right choices for your business.
  • The Business Plan
    Creating a plan that targets the stated aims and objectives of a business.
  • Developing High Performance Teams
    Cohesion and teamwork that enhances business performance.
  • Managing Projects
    Getting things done. Using the right tools to run projects.
  • Strategies for growth
    This module explores the different ideas of growth and the various tools, measures and controls at a managers disposal in planning for growth

Further Academic Information

For further information about learning outcomes, learning and assessment procedures for each module of the 

Level 7 course, kindly click the link below to download ATHE's detailed course information document. Please note that at EIE we offer only the following Oqual accredited programme: 

ATHE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management  - 603/0630/0  


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