ATHE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management (Managing People)(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 Managing People Pathway take the eight mandatory 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
Strategic Human Resource Management The aim of this unit is to help learners acquire knowledge and understanding of human resource management strategy and its impact on the efficiency of an organisation.15Yes
Managing Continuous Organisational ImprovementTo enable learners to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to create a culture of continuous improvement in an organisation. The learners will have the opportunity to develop the skills required to plan organisational change.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