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Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership

Postgraduate Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership

Strategic Management is a discipline that is part of Management. This element of management focuses on setting the direction for private, public and non-profit organizations manage their resources to achieve their goals and objectives.

This Postgraduate qualification reflects current practice in Strategic Management and Leadership and allows learners to develop and expand their high-level understanding of strategic management and leadership in the workplace. This qualification is suitable for mature learners with a background in academic study or industry. The qualification has a clear work-related emphasis on practical skills development alongside theoretical fundamentals. Successful completion of the Postgraduate Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership qualification will equip learners with the key skills and capabilities to become an effective strategic manager. The qualification also allows learners to progress into or within employment and/or continue their study towards an MBA with advanced standing.

Functions within strategic management include setting objectives, analyzing the competitive environment, analyzing the internal organization, evaluating strategies, and implementing strategies. It incorporates elements of finance, accounting, HR management, marketing, IT as well as strategy.

Course Structure & Details

The OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership consists of 4 mandatory units and 2 optional units, making a combined total of 120 credits, 1200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 600 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

To achieve the OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership, learners must achieve a minimum of 120 credits, 80 credits must be achieved from the mandatory units in Group A, plus a minimum of 40 credits from the optional units in Group B.

Unit Ref. No Group A Mandatory Units Credit GLH TOT
A/616/2724 Strategic Management 20 100 200
R/617/5012 Strategic Leadership 20 100 200
F/616/2725 Strategic Human Resource Management 20 100 200
H/616/2726 Advanced Business Research Methods 20 100 200
Unit Ref.No Group B Optional Units : Choose 2: Level Credit GLH
L/616/2727 Strategic Financial Management 20 100 200
R/616/2728 Supply Chain and Operations Management 20 100 200
Y/616/2729 Entrepreneurship and innovation 20 100 200
L/616/2730 Globalisation and Corporate Governance 20 100 200
R/616/2731 Strategic Change Management 20 100 200
Y/616/2732 Strategic Marketing 20 100 200
  • A degree in related subject or UK level 6 diploma or an equivalent
    overseas qualification
  • Mature learners with management experience (learners must check with the delivery centre regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)
  • Learners must be 21 years old or older at the beginning of the course

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a method of assessment that considers whether learners can demonstrate that they can meet the assessment requirements for a unit through knowledge, understanding or skills they already possess and do not need to develop through a course of learning. Processes we use are:

  • Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
  • Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)
  • Accreditation of Prior Achievement (APA)
  • Accreditation of Prior Learning and Achievement (APLA)


The Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) is at the same level as master’s degrees. Graduates may proceed to the MBA or Masters in Leadership & Management dissertation stage (60 credits) with UARD to achieve a full masters or MBA, or top-up with Arden University, University of Chichester, Concordia University Chicago, University of Northampton, University of Sunderland, University of Portsmouth and MA or MSc in Professional Studies with University of Portsmouth.


Gaining a higher-qualification opens doors, increases salary opportunities and industry leadership. The following are some, but not all, of the potential next-steps for those graduates fortunate enough to hold a Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership:

  • Human Resources Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • Management Specialist
  • Non-Profit Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Research Analyst
  • Supply Chain Manager

Examples of sectors where strategic leadership ‘fits’ are:

  • Finance and Insurance
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Public Administration Mining, Oil and Gas Extraction
  • Management of Companies and Enterprises
  • Manufacturing
  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • Utilities

This qualification is accredited through OTHM, a UK based Awarding Organisation regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).

As the qualification is  approved and regulated by Ofqual, learners are eligible to progress to top-up degree and masters programmes at many universities in UK and overseas with advanced standing.

OTHM has established strong academic relationships in the UK and overseas to ensure that OTHM qualifications are recognised globally.

The local and international recognition has enabled OTHM graduates to enhance their employability skills as well as allowing them to join degree and/or Master top-up programmes.

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