ATHE Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management (Finance)(2023)

IntroductionEntry CriteriaQualification Content

The Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management (60 credits) offers learners a short but flexible entry point to Level 7 strategic management learning. Choosing from a core set of units (a minimum of 2 units from 5) and then identifying optional unit choice from a set of management pathways (at least 2 units from either Finance, Marketing, Managing People and International) enables learners to optimise their qualification content to best serve their interests.

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

Graded with Pass, Merit and 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
To view the specification, please click here.


Typical Age

This qualification is designed for learners who are typically aged 19 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 in Business, Management or related subjects or a level 6 qualification for example an ATHE Diploma in Management
  • 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 taking the Finance Pathway take two of the five core units and two units from the Finance Pathway.

Unit Name Unit AimsCreditsMandatory
Strategic PlanningThe aim of this unit is to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to develop an organisational strategic plan.15Yes
Finance for Strategic ManagersThe learners will develop knowledge, understanding and skills that will enable them to analyse internal and publicly available financial information. This will help to inform strategic decision making.15Yes
Research for Strategic DevelopmentThe aim of this unit is to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to carry out research to meet the needs of strategic business management.15Yes
Organisational BehaviourThe aim of this unit is to help learners develop an understanding of how organisational behaviour, structure, culture, motivation, creativity and leadership impact on an organisation’s effectiveness and efficiency.15Yes
Personal Development for Leadership and Strategic ManagementThis unit aims to help learners develop their own personal leadership and management skills in the context of the creation and achievement of organisational vision and strategic direction.15Yes
International Business EnvironmentThe unit will enable learners to explore the changing international business environment and develop knowledge and understanding of how organisations respond.15Yes
Developing Organisational Vision and Strategic DirectionTo enable learners to improve their knowledge and understanding of how organisations develop vision and strategic direction. The unit may be of particular interest for learners aiming for leadership roles in either private or public sector organisations.15Yes
International FinanceThe unit will allow learners to consider the importance of International Accounting Standards and the international financial environment for decision making within businesses and organisations. Particular attention is paid to analysing the role of international financial markets in creating opportunities and risks for organisations, especially those operating in a multinational context. Learners will gain experience in assessing strategic options and making appropriate recommendations.15Yes
Quantitative MethodsThis unit will enable learners to further develop understanding and skills in the application of quantitative methods appropriate to support decision-taking in organisations.15Yes