ATHE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Accounting & Finance

IntroductionEntry CriteriaQualification Content

The ATHE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Accounting and Finance has been designed to enhance the advanced knowledge and skills required by senior finance professionals. Learners completing this qualification will be able to work strategically in finance at a corporate level. Areas of study include financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, management accounting, audit and compliance.

This is a core qualification available to existing and interested centres of ATHE.

Graded with Pass, Merit Distinction.
Advanced learner loans available in the UK – to check if funding is available see the latest Qualification Catalogue here.
For the progression routes visit our progression routes page.

Delivery Mode
This qualification can be delivered either in the classroom, via distance learning or blended.

Qualification Specification
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Typical Age

This qualification is designed for learners who are typically aged 18 and above.


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

  • level 6 qualifications in Accounting or finance related subject
  • other related level 7 subjects
  • other equivalent international qualifications


For those whom English is not their first language we recommend the following standards of proficiency in English language skills or an approved equivalent for this qualification:

  • IELTs 5.5
  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) 162 or above
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 42-49

Learners must complete all 5 mandatory units.

Unit NameUnit AimsCreditsMandatory
Corporate Reporting for Strategic Business -AdvancedThe unit will ensure that students are able to examine corporate reporting from a number of perspectives, i.e. the preparer of corporate reports and from the perspective of a variety of different stakeholders such as finance providers.20Yes
Core Financial Management-AdvancedThis unit develops the students understanding of key financial management knowledge and skills and prepares them to advise management and/or clients on complex strategic financial management issues facing an organisation. The unit explores the role and responsibility of a senior executive or advisor in meeting competing needs of stakeholders within the business environment of multinationals.20Yes
Management for Strategic Performance -AdvancedThe aim of this unit is to introduce students to the strategic role of management accounting as a discipline for planning and controlling business performance to ensure strategic objectives can be set, monitored and controlled. The unit covers the impact of external factors on strategic management issues, such as macro-economic, fiscal, market and environmental impacts on performance.20Yes
UK Taxation for Business and IndividualsThe aims of this unit are to ensure that students have a detailed understanding of the techniques of the key aspects of taxation. It will extend the students’ knowledge of the tax system, together with their ability to apply that knowledge to the issues commonly encountered by individuals and businesses in the UK.20Yes
Audit and Compliance AdvancedThe aims of this unit are to ensure that students have a sound understanding of audit and assurance in practice. The unit begins with a review of the legal and regulatory environment and the need to comply with appropriate practice management techniques.20Yes