OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership


The objective of the OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership qualification is to develop strategic management and leadership skills for managers who have the authority and personal attributes to translate organizational strategy into effective operational performance. This 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 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.

Entry Requirements

For entry onto the OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership qualification, learners must possess:

  • An honors 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 center regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)

  • Learners must be 21 years old or older at the beginning of the course

  • English requirements: If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language competency. For more information visit English Language Expectations page.


The OTHM Level 7 diplomas on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) are at the same level as master’s degrees. However, they are shorter (120 credits) and learners will have to proceed to the dissertation stage (60 credits) with university to achieve a full masters or MBA.

Regulatory Information

Qualification Title OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership
Ofqual Reference Number 603/2181/7
Regulation Start Date 25-Aug-2017
Operational Start Date 31-Aug-2017
Revision 12-March-2019
Duration 1 Year
Total Credit Value 120 Credits
Total Qualification Time (TQT) 480 Hours
Guided Learning Hours (GLH) 240 Hours
Sector Subject Area (SSA) 15.3 Business Management
Overall Grading Type Pass / Fail
Assessment Methods Coursework
Language of Assessment English
Re-take Students with scores less than 60 must re-take the unit in the next semester and pay additional fees

Qualifications Structure

The OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership consists of 6 mandatory units making a combined total of 120 credits, 480 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 240 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

Unit Ref. No.

Unit Title





Strategic Management





Strategic Leadership





Strategic Human Resource Management





Advanced Business Research Methods





Strategic Financial Management





Strategic Marketing





Total Qualification Time (TQT): Is the number of notional hours which represents an estimate of the total amount of time that could reasonably be expected to be required in order for a Learner to achieve and demonstrate the achievement of the level of attainment necessary for the award of a qualification. Total Qualification Time is comprised of the following two elements:

c. The number of hours which an awarding organization has assigned to a qualification for Guided Learning, and

d. An estimate of the number of hours a Learner will reasonably be likely to spend in preparation, study or any other form of participation in education or training, including assessment, which takes place as directed by – but, unlike Guided Learning, not under the Immediate Guidance or Supervision of – a lecturer, supervisor, tutor or other appropriate provider of education or training. (Ofqual 15/5775 September 2015)

Guided Learning Hours (GLH): Is defined as the hours that a teacher, lecturer or other member of staff is available to provide immediate teaching support or supervision to a student working towards a qualification.

Credit Value: is defined as being the number of credits that may be awarded to a Learner for the successful achievement of the learning outcomes of a unit.

Duration and Delivery

The qualification is designed to be delivered over one academic year for full-time study but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning. The qualification is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, distance, online by approved centres only.

Assessment and Verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and externally verified by OTHM. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. Judgement that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor.

The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learners’ overall achievement has been arrived at.


Successful completion of OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership qualification enables learners to progress into or within employment and/or continue their further study. As this qualification is approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), learners are eligible to progress to an MBA top-up with advanced standing.  For more information visit University Progressions page in this website https://www.othm.org.uk/university-progression.html.


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