Business Strategic Management MBA Advanced Entry (Level 7 Extended Diploma)


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Strategic Management Course Level 7

The ATHE Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management was developed in 2016 with support and feedback from UK universities. The Strategic Management course covers key areas of management such as Finance, HR, Marketing and Personal Development and prepares Students for a range of careers.

It also provides entry to an MBA top-up at a range of universities in the UK and overseas. The qualification typically takes 9 months of full-time study to achieve and is considered by many to be ATHE’s flagship product. As well as the Extended Diploma option (120 credits) there is a Diploma option (60 credits).

All units will be graded Pass, Merit and Distinction and Students will receive an overarching grade of pass, merit or distinction. We have revised existing units in response to feedback and added new units such as International Finance.

We have developed pathways that will enable students to specialise in an area of their choice if they prefer. These pathways are:

  • General (unendorsed)
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Managing People
  • International

The Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management is an MBA Advanced Entry course, which provides students 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 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.

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 Strategic management certificate 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 5,000-8,000 words each. Students are provided support on the modules and assignments via the ‘Tutor’ section of the learning platform.

The Assignment units

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

Blended Learning (for students who are in the UK)

Online learning (International students who are abroad)

Fulltime:  If you are studying full-time online or blended learning you can complete each level in 9 months duration.

Part time: if you are studying part time online or blended learning you can complete each level in 2 years from the date of enrolment.

Fast track full time: if you are studying full time online or blended learning you can complete each level in 6 months

Online: if you are studying online and studying at your own pace you can complete in 3/4 years’ time.

There are no written Exams, Multiple choice questions, and written assignments it must be submitted after completing each module.

  • 120 overall Credit
  • Overall Grading Type: Pass/Merit/Distinction

On successful completion of a Level 7 qualification in Strategic Management, there are a number of progression opportunities. Students may progress to:

  • A larger qualification at the same level e.g. from a Diploma to an Extended Diploma
  • An MBA program and claim exemptions for some of the units completed
  • Employment if they are not already in employment.

Strategic Planning

The aim of this unit is to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to develop an organisational strategic plan.

Finance for Strategic Managers

The Students 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.

Research for Strategic Development

The 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.

Organisational Behaviour

The aim of this unit is to help Students develop an understanding of how organisational behaviour, structure, culture, motivation, creativity and leadership impact on an organisation’s effectiveness and efficiency.

Personal Development for Leadership and Strategic Management

This unit aims to help Students develop their own personal leadership and management skills in the context of the creation and achievement of organisational vision and strategic direction.

Strategic Marketing

This unit enables Students to develop knowledge and understanding of marketing at a strategic level and how this is applied in practice including developing a marketing strategy.

Corporate Communication Strategies

This unit will enable Students to develop knowledge and understanding of the importance of corporate communications and the link with corporate objectives. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in auditing corporate communications and planning a corporate communication strategy

Strategic Human Resource Management

The aim of this unit is to help Students acquire knowledge and understanding of human resource management strategy and its impact on the efficiency of an organisation.

Students of Strategic Managment Course