The Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management is an MBA Advanced Entry course, which provides learners with 120 credits of the 180 credits required to achieve a complete MBA. The course itself is made up of 30 interactive modules and 8 written assignments, with approximately 40 guided learning hours per module. All modules have an additional 30-50 learning hours of optional materials that comprise of recommended exercises, recommended readings, Internet resources, and self-testing exercises. You will also have access to 24/7 support, tutoring, and a variety of other support mechanisms. More information on how you will be assessed can be found here.

After receiving your Level 7 Diploma, you are eligible to apply for an MBA Top Up course, either online or on campus at a range of UK Universities. The top up portion will usually consist of the final 60 credits of either, a dissertation, or a dissertation and one module.

The Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management is US$--, students can also opt to pay US$-- initially and then a further US$--.

To enrol onto the Level 7 programme, you must be either

  1. a) University graduate who is over 22 years old, or
  2. b) Non-university graduate over 24 year old, and with at least five years of managerial experience.

Qualities of Effective Leadership

Learners will explore the making and developing of powerful leaders.

Developing Interpersonal Skills

Connecting and bonding with people within the commercial sectors is extremely important for good business. This module trains learners in skills to improve and enhance communication techniques to create strong bonds.

Motivating and Influencing People

Inspiring people to create a unity of direction within business.

Making Decisions

Doing the right things in the right way at the right time. Learners will look at the process of making a good decision.

Creativity and Problem Solving

Do problems pose a threat or are they an opportunity to improve? Here, learners will figure out how to turn a problem into an advantage.

Studying and Using Management Theories

There are many theories concerned with management and the various models developed from these theories. This module looks over these theories with real life examples.

The External Operating Environment of Business

Planning for influences on the businessoutside your control.

Culture and Ethics

The Culture and ethics involved in the business world today.

Governance and Directorships

Structuring and controlling a business theprofessional way.

Analysing the Competition

What are my competitors doing, how are they doingit, why are they doing it? Reviewing and analysing competitor actions to enhance managerial roles.

Marketing Strategy

Creating an effective and successful market presence. Looking at the development of marketing strategies to create successful marketing campaigns.

High Performance Sales

Learners will grasp the key elements of successful selling.

E-Marketing Communication

Understanding and using effective electronic messages to market.

Customers and their Needs

Ensuring that your customers are recognised and valued.

Strategic Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management must play a central role in the strategy of any organization. It is concerned with people as an asset of the business.

Recruiting and CPD

Getting the best people. Developing the best people. Keeping the best people.

Measuring and Rewarding Performance

Knowing and measuring how your people areperforming.

Interpreting Business Accounts

Using and understanding the litmus tests of business health.

Tools of Financial Analysis

Resources, tools and techniques to keep a finger on the pulse of the business.

Managing Cash and Working Capital

Cash, cash flow and working capital. The lifeblood of business.

Exercises in Quantitative Techniques

How to use and understand key figures.

Impact of Technology on Business

Analyse and exploit the role of e-business within a business sector.

Innovation and R&D

Creating commercial advantage from innovation and research.

Implementing and Managing Quality Systems

Right first time, right every time. The place of quality in business strategy.

Strategic Planning Tools

Resources, tools and ideas to help create an effective business strategy.

Strategic and Systems Management

Options for strategic direction. Making the right choices for your business.

The Business Plan

Creating a plan that targets the stated aims and objectives of a business.

Developing High Performance Teams

Cohesion and teamwork that enhances business performance.

Managing Projects

Getting things done. Using the right tools to run projects.

Strategies for growth

This module explores the different ideas of growth and the various tools, measures and controls at a managers disposal in planning for growth.

On completion of this course students have the opportunity to complete an MBA programme from a range of UK universities. The Top up programme can be studied online or on campus.The MBA Top up comprises the final 60 credits which consists of either a dissertation or a dissertation and one module.

Students may Top-up on campus or by distance learning.

Students can apply to any university offering the MBA Top up, the following universities run Top Up programmes by DISTANCE LEARNING:

University of Sunderland - On Campus

Postgraduate Top up to MBA - US$--

Northampton University Via LSM

Top up to MBA - US$--
MA in Human Resource Management Top up - US$--
MSc in Accounting and finance Top up - US$--

London Metropolitan University (Via WINC)

Top up to MBA - US$--

University of Derby

Top up to MBA

Most universities in the UK will accept the Online Business School 120 credit programme for entry onto the MBA Top up on campus. ATHE also have direct agreements with several Universities, Click here for the ATHE progression routes. students may also contact the admissions department of their chosen university directly.

The ATHE Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management Course has 30 modules and 8 written assignments. On completion of the modules, students will be given access to the assignments. The assignments are approximately 3000-5000 words each. Students are provided support on the modules and assignments via the 'Tutor' section of the learning platform.

The Assignment unit titles for the level 7 course are:

  1. Strategic Marketing.
  2. Personal development for leadership and strategic management.
  3. Organisational behaviour.
  4. Strategic planning.
  5. Research for strategic development.
  6. Finance for strategic managers.
  7. Strategic Human resource management.
  8. Corporate communication strategies.

More information about the Level 7 units can be found here.

Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Management and final year of an accredited postgraduate degree programme, learners will have the skills to execute a professional managerial role in marketing, accounting, business consultancy, and more.

A business management diploma and MBA develops key cognitive skills such as critical thinking, analysis, evaluation, and writing while also establishing presentation and numeracy skills to enhance knowledge and experience. These skills are critical in helping you advance your career.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Management

The Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Management concentrates on key elements within business and management to fast track students to the final year of an associated Postgraduate (e.g. Masters) degree programmes.

The course is made up of 30 interactive learning modules that focus on the key subjects required to secure and execute a professional management role. Developing the learner personally, the modules provide training to enhance the individual's understanding and ability in a commercial industry.

Postgraduate Programme (Learning Material Only)

The Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Management concentrates on key elements within business and management to fast track students to the final year of an associated Postgraduate (e.g. Masters) degree programmes.

The course is made up of 30 interactive learning modules that focus on the key subjects required to secure and execute a professional management role. Developing the learner personally, the modules provide training to enhance the individual's understanding and ability in a commercial industry.

Postgraduate Programme Assignments Only

The Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Management Assignments can be purchased separately once you have completed the learning material.