ATHE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management (International)(2023)

IntroductionEntry CriteriaQualification Content

The Level 7 Extended Diploma in Business and Management (120 credits) is designed to offer learners a broader and more comprehensive experience of strategic management. Learners are required to take all 5 core units plus any 3 optional units. Again, these optional units can all be taken from a specific pathway, where learners have particular interests. For those learners interested in fully realising their own academic interest and potential for the subject, this qualification offers the opportunity to engage with a wide range of Level 7 strategic management-related topics.

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
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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 International Pathway take the eight units as set out below.

Unit NameUnit 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
International MarketingThis unit enables learners to understand the requirements of international marketing, in particular, the financial considerations to be taken into account in entering and operating in international markets. Learners will also be able to develop an international marketing strategy and understand the implications and requirements of international marketing communications.15Yes
International FinanceTo enable learners to gain an understanding of the role of an international corporate financial manager. The 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