ATHE Level 7 Certificate in Leading the Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment

IntroductionEntry CriteriaQualification Content

The ATHE Level 7 Certificate in Leading the Quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment is a 25-credit Ofqual regulated qualification.

The ATHE Level 7 qualifications in Strategic Educational Leadership and Management have been developed to conform to the requirements of the RQF, to meet the requirements of the education sector and to respond to the needs of schools, colleges and training providers. The qualifications take account of the Professional Teaching Standards underpinning Qualified Teacher Status in the UK and the National Standards for Excellence in Headteachers. The qualifications therefore support the professional development of those managing and leading organisations or specific functions in organisations, in the educational sector. The qualifications will provide a framework for developing knowledge, understanding and the skills needed to enhance the quality of leadership and management, The qualifications recognise that headteachers, principals and managers in education occupy an influential position shaping the organisation in which they work and the teaching profession. As stated in the UK National Standards for Excellence in Headteachers ‘they are lead professionals and significant role models within the communities they serve’. These qualifications are designed therefore to embed improved practice leading to higher levels of institutional success, including outcomes for students.

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

This qualification is graded at Pass or Fail.

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 21 and above.


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

  • a first degree
  • a level 6 qualification
  • achievement of a nationally recognised qualification at level 2 or above in English/literacy and Mathematics/numeracy
  • other equivalent international qualifications
  • relevant experience of working with students/participants in assisting teaching/training


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

A learner must achieve 25 credits by passing each of the 2 mandatory units

Unit NameUnit AimsCreditsGroup
Leading the Quality of Teaching, Learning and
This unit will enable learners to develop knowledge, understanding and skills required to lead and further develop the quality of teaching, learning and assessment across the school/college. Learners will also understand the purpose of curriculum management and timetabling in ensuring the quality of teaching and learning in schools/colleges.15Yes
Managing Professional Development to Enable
Teaching and Learning
This unit will provide learners with the knowledge and skills needed to manage professional development to enable effective teaching and learning. The unit will also develop knowledge and skills in evaluating the impact of professional development programmes and the role of learning communities in professional development.10Yes