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Postgraduate Courses

Pearson BTEC Level 7 Strategic Management & Leadership
  • LEVEL 7 – MA, MBA, Pearson Level 7 Strategic Management & Leadership
  • LEVEL 6 – BA, BSc
  • LEVEL 5 – HND, Foundation Degree, Edexcel Level 5 Management & Leadership
  • LEVEL 4 – Certificate of Higher Education
  • LEVEL 3 – A Levels, BTEC National Diploma
  • LEVEL 2 – GCSE

Level 7 is postgraduate level study. There is no need for mature students to progress sequentially through the levels; these Level 7 management qualifications were designed for experienced managers, rather than those following an academic route. The qualifications at Level 5 and 6 are designed for younger students without management experience.

Recognition and Further Study Opportunities

The Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership is a valuable qualification in its own right, and managers in both the private and public sectors study for it at colleges and universities throughout the UK in order to enhance their career prospects. Most of them progress to achieve the Extended Diploma, which is a more traditional management qualification, with a wide range of subjects. This indicates to employers that the holder has a broad outlook, and possesses generic management skills that can be used in any organisation.


The Diploma and Extended Diploma qualifications clearly show the Credit Points that have been earned. The Extended Diploma is a much more substantial qualification than others that are available at Level 7, as it is worth 120 Masters Level Credit Points, and indicates that the holder has the intellectual capacity to succeed at Masters Degree Level. Holders of the Extended Diploma only have to acquire another 60 Level 7 Credit Points in order to be awarded the full MBA; this is achieved by studying the final stage of an MBA programme – referred to as the “MBA Top up”.

The Pearson BTEC Level 7 Strategic Management Qualifications form part of the most widely recognised qualification for strategic managers – the MBA. For successful students who wish to carry on studying, there is a continuous and guaranteed “ladder” of progression from the Diploma, to Extended Diploma and to MBA.


Northampton University has a Distance Learning MBA Top Up programme which has a Critical issues in Business Unit, followed by a Dissertation.

Staffordshire University has a Distance Learning MBA Top Up programme which has a Research Methods Unit with a 5 day residential and a Dissertation.

Plymouth University has a Distance Learning MBA Top Up programme which requires a Dissertation only.