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ATHE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management

The postgraduate diploma in Strategic Management provides a fast track progression to a Master’s degree such as MBA or MSC by seeking exemptions from the taught stage of such programmes. The programme is equivalent to level 7 on the national qualification framework and QCF accredited.

This programme emphasises on academic learning as well as employer knowledge and practice. It provides a fast track progression route for those who:

  • are currently studying professional qualifications and wish to proceed to a Master’s degree in business/management
  • have a related degree but wish to proceed to a Master’s level business/management qualification
  • are in employment, at managerial level, and wish to achieve a Master’s level qualification

Unique Nature of the Programme
This postgraduate level programme is unique in that it integrates the academic knowledge available within the specialised areas of Management, and applies this knowledge to a specific and important business group in today’s Business. The courses will focus on different types of companies as for instance high-tech ventures, start-ups and family businesses.
Furthermore, the college is currently exploring further avenues for students enrolled onto this programme so that they can be offered the opportunity to translate the knowledge developed to a practical business situation. During this fast track 9 months academic program, groups of students can opt for setting up and managing their own student projects relating to setting up businesses, or they can be linked to a small or medium-sized business or where suitable with the management team of a large corporate to gain industrial experience wherever possible.

Course Structure
Students will be required to successfully complete the following modules in one academic year which is normally comprised of two semesters. The ATHE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management is a 120 credit qualification. All learners must complete the five core units totalling 75 credits. Learners then select the unendorsed route or one of 4 pathways: Finance, Marketing, Managing People, International.

Mandatory Units:
Strategic Planning
Finance for Strategic Managers
Research for Strategic Development
Organisational Behaviour
Personal Development for Leadership and Strategic Management

Optional Units:
International Business Environment
Developing Organisational Vision and Strategic Direction
International Finance
Quantitative Methods
Strategic Marketing
International Marketing
Corporate Communication Strategies
Strategic Human Resources Management
Managing Continuous Organisational Improvement

Assessment Style
All students will be required to submit assignments as their assessment.

Entry Requirements
A student must fulfil at least ONE of the following criteria to be allowed entry onto the programme:
  • Possession of an Advanced Diploma in another subject*
  • Possession of an honours degree in a related subject
  • Possession of a level 6 qualification from another internationally recognised awarding organisation
  • Five years senior management experience

International applicants will also need a minimum of 5.5 bands in an IELTS (UKVI Academic) exam
International students should visit the Home Office website for requirements related to immigration purposes, including maintainence and English requirements

  • Apply for a Job – where a level 7 qualification is sufficient
  • Progress to the final stage of university Master’s degree

You can progress to an MBA Top-up from the ATHE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management. The MBA Top-up typically takes 9 months to study and varies in price from £3,360 to £6,250 depending on which university you apply to.

Click here for ATHE progression routes.

Other Details
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Tuition Fee: see Fee Information section
Mode of Study: Full time. part-time, distance learning/online learning available