ATHE Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Educational Leadership and Management

IntroductionEntry CriteriaQualification Content

The ATHE Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Educational Leadership and Management is a 35-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 40 credits by passing each of the 3 mandatory units and 1 of the optional units.

Unit NameUnit AimsCreditsGroup
Understanding Educational Leadership and
This unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts, principles and practices related to educational leadership and management, including different leadership styles, theories and how context, values and external factors influence educational leadership and management practices. This will enable learners to review leadership skills and qualities and will help them to develop a personal leadership philosophy and vision.15Yes
Leading a TeamThis unit aims to develop learner’s knowledge and understanding of team dynamics and it provides the opportunity to develop the skills needed for leading and managing a team in their own area of responsibility in an educational setting. Learners will also learn about motivational theories and how these theories can be applied when leading and managing a team.15Yes
Developing Self and Others to Enable Teaching and
This unit will provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to assess self and others to identify learning and development needs and to manage professional development to further enhance the quality of teaching and learning.5Yes
Using Data to Improve Instructional Practice and
Enhance Student and Organisational Performance
This unit will provide learners with the knowledge and understanding of how the use of data will inform decision making and foster instructional improvement to enhance student
attainment. In this unit learners will develop skills in identifying questions to ask and searching a variety of data sources to find answers leading to decision taking
Research into Contemporary Issues and
Developments in Education
This unit will increase learner’s knowledge and understanding of current contemporary issues and developments in education and their impact on the provision of teaching and learning.10Opt