Postgraduate Extended Diploma in Strategic Management (Level 7)

Warnborough College Higher Diploma in Business Management (Level 5)

Course Description

Our Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management is an Advanced Entry course for various MBA programmes. The Level 7 provides learners with 120 credits of the 180 credits required to achieve a MBA. It is awarded by the ATHE, an Ofqual-approved awarding body. The course itself is made up of 30 modules and 8 written assignments. 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.

After receiving your Level 7 Diploma, you may apply to do a MBA Top Up course, either online or on campus at a range of UK universities. The top up portion of the final 60 credits will usually be in the form of either a dissertation, or a dissertation and one module.


Eight (8) months, intensive.

Minimum Entry Requirements

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

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

You should have English proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5.


120 credits.


  1. Qualities of Effective Leadership
    Learners will explore the making and developing of powerful leaders.
  2. 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.
  3. Motivating and Influencing People
    Inspiring people to create a unity of direction within business.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The External Operating Environment of Business
    Planning for influences on the businessoutside your control.
  8. Culture and Ethics
    The Culture and ethics involved in the business world today.
  9. Governance and Directorships
    Structuring and controlling a business theprofessional way.
  10. 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.
  11. Marketing Strategy
    Creating an effective and successful market presence. Looking at the development of marketing strategies to create successful marketing campaigns.
  12. High Performance Sales
    Learners will grasp the key elements of successful selling.
  13. E-Marketing Communication
    Understanding and using effective electronic messages to market.
  14. Customers and their Needs
    Ensuring that your customers are recognised and valued.
  15. 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.
  16. Recruiting and CPD
    Getting the best people. Developing the best people. Keeping the best people.
  17. Measuring and Rewarding Performance
    Knowing and measuring how your people areperforming.
  18. Interpreting Business Accounts
    Using and understanding the litmus tests of business health.
  19. Tools of Financial Analysis
    Resources, tools and techniques to keep a finger on the pulse of the business.
  20. Managing Cash and Working Capital
    Cash, cash flow and working capital. The lifeblood of business.
  21. Exercises in Quantitative Techniques
    How to use and understand key figures.
  22. Impact of Technology on Business
    Analyse and exploit the role of e-business within a business sector.
  23. Innovation and R&D
    Creating commercial advantage from innovation and research.
  24. Implementing and Managing Quality Systems
    Right first time, right every time. The place of quality in business strategy.
  25. Strategic Planning Tools
    Resources, tools and ideas to help create an effective business strategy.
  26. Strategic and Systems Management
    Options for strategic direction. Making the right choices for your business.
  27. The Business Plan
    Creating a plan that targets the stated aims and objectives of a business.
  28. Developing High Performance Teams
    Cohesion and teamwork that enhances business performance.
  29. Managing Projects
    Getting things done. Using the right tools to run projects.
  30. 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


Students must complete 8 written assignments. Upon completion of the taught modules, students will be given access to the assignments. The assignments are approximately 3000-5000 words each. Students will be guided and supported with the assignments.

Upon Completion

Students will receive 120 credits, and can apply to do a top-up to a MBA at one of a selection of British universities.