Pearson – Level 7

BTEC Higher Nationals Diploma

The Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership (EDSML) is an advanced program specifically meant for those who have already gained a recognized diploma or degree and who now wish to study a course that prepares them for a senior role in a management position. The emphasis during the course is on those aspects, which are essential for effective managerial functions within commercial or non-commercial organizations. 

The program is designed to allow the student to complete it in as little as 10 – 12 months of classroom study part time. The student can complete the program at a pace decided between themselves and the student counsellor. Learners may take individual units of the qualification which can be certificated by a Certificate of Achievement.

On successfully completing the program, students will receive the Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership by Edexcel.

Status of Qualification:

Advanced vocational qualification.

Entry Requirement:  19 years & above

Course Structure
The Pearson BTEC Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership is a 120 -credit qualification that consists of 3 mandatory unit plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 120 credits. The Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership builds on existing managerial skills and knowledge, providing a greater understanding of the various roles and responsibilities involved in strategic management. Through focusing on specific areas of management and this level, the Certificate enables learners to tailor the qualification to suit their professional needs.  
Unit Details Level Credit
Unit 1 - Developing Strategic Management and Leadership Skills (Mandatory) 7 10
Unit 2 - Professional Development for Strategic Managers (Mandatory) 7 5
Unit 3 - Strategic Change Management (Mandatory) 7 10
Unit 5  - Leading E-Strategy (Optional) 7 10
Unit 7 - Strategic Marketing Management (Optional) 7 10
Unit 10 - Strategic Human Resource Management (Optional) 7 10
Unit 12 - Strategic Planning (Optional) 7 15
Unit 13 - Managing Financial Principles and Techniques 7 15
Unit 14 - Strategic Supply Chain Management and Logistics 7 15
Unit 15 - Developing Successful Business Teams 7 5
Unit 16 - Research Methods for Strategic Managers 7 15
Total Credits   120

All units within these qualifications are internally assessed. Student progress is monitored by continuous assessment. A variety of assessment methods will be used, for example, assignments, business style reports, case studies, logbooks, observations, oral presentations, personal audits, portfolios, role-play and projects. Students are graded at Distinction, Merit, Pass or Fail. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes. 

Entry Requirements

The Edexcel BTEC Level 7 Professional qualifications in Strategic Management and Leadership are accredited on the QCF for learners aged 19 and above.

Progression Route

Career Progression:

The qualifications emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding in the business sector. They are particularly suitable for more mature learners who wish to follow a study that is directly related to their work experience or to an aspect of employment that they wish to move into in due course. On successful completion of these qualifications, national recognition by employers enables learners to progress into or within employment and/or continue their study.

Academic Progression:

A possible progression path after a level 7 Extended Diploma, is to enter a university MBA top-up programme. Students who complete the Extended Diploma may be eligible to enter directly onto a select Universities Top-up MBA programme. Other possible routes for MA/MSc top up programmes are also available.


BTECs are understood and recognised by a large number of organisations in a wide range of sectors. BTEC qualifications are developed with key industry representatives and Sector Skills Councils (SSC) to ensure that they meet employer and student needs — in this case the Council for Administration (CfA). Many industry and professional bodies offer successful BTEC students exemptions for their own accredited qualifications.

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Application Procedure

Students are required to submit:

  • Completed application form in hard copy from Al Zaeem student services
  • Clear passport photographs – 5 Nos
  • Copy of High school certificates (Students may also undergo GED qualification)
  • Work experience letters (for mature learners)
  • Complete Resume (for mature learners)
  • Signed Declaration (part of the application)
  • Registration Fees to accompany the application

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