The OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership programme is highly flexible and it is suitable for mature learners with a background in academic study or Industry. The qualification has a clear work-related emphasis and this is clear in the subjects that are included. A strong emphasis is laid on practical skills development alongside theoretical fundamentals.
The Qualification enables you to progress into or within employment and/or continue their further study towards UK Masters  qualifications. We offer a number of progressions from the University of St Mark and St John and these include:

  • The MBA
  • The MBA (Armed Forces)
  • The MBA (Diplomacy and International Relations)


The Subjects

You are required to complete the following eight subjects in order to gain this qualification.

Professional Development and Communication Skills

This unit provides you with the methods and techniques required to assess the development of your own skills to support the continual development of your personal and professional goals. This includes: communication, academic writing, presentation, leadership, use of information technology, preparing curriculum vitae and continuous professional development.

Strategic Management

To succeed in the future, managers must develop the resources and capabilities needed to gain and sustain advantage in competitive market. The way in which organisations attempt to develop such competitive advantage constitutes the essence of their strategy. This unit includes an examination of the principles of strategy and change management. It provides you with the ability to: analysis the internal and external environments;  set corporate goals and objectives; use corporate strategy models to develop strategic plans based on the availability of resources; analyse risk; develop change mechanisms and to recognise when changes are not going according to the plan. The emphasis is on the development and successful implementation of strategy in different types of firms across industries.

Strategic Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour

You will understand of how the effective strategic management of human resources supports the achievement of organisational goals and objectives in different organisational contexts. The unit analyses and evaluates the contribution of strategic human resource management to competitive advantage and organisational.

Advanced Business Research Methods

You will be carrying out different types of management research to an academic standard. To do this, you will be required to design a research proposal and to complete a literature review. This involves the development of a critical understanding of the philosophical, practical and ethical concepts of research within the context of the business environment.

Strategic Financial Management

This unit provides you with the skills to apply the financial principles relevant to management in an organisational context. It aims to analyse some of the consequences of decision making using financial analytical techniques and theories/models of management accounting. You are required to learn, evaluate and apply strategic financial and management accounting concepts and principles.

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

In a fast changing and highly competitive world all organisations need creative, enterprising and entrepreneurial people. This module aims to enhance employability by developing these key attributes and allowing students to see the link between the skills they develop for their employability and those for business start-up and self-employment. This unit outlines the business processes and strategies related to enterprise and entrepreneurship and to develop your knowledge in enterprise and entrepreneurship in global contexts.

Strategic Change Management

Organizations are continuously changing – those that do not plan for change and do not manage it strategically fall behind. It is almost certain that every employee in every business will be affected by a change initiative and almost certain that every manager will be an active player in a change process at some time. Change is everybody’s responsibility and knowing how to plan for and implement change is a critical skill for every modern manager.  This unit provides you with the knowledge, and understanding, of classic and contemporary change management theories and in particular, their applicability to global organisations. It considers the need for organisational change and the ways in which it can be managed to support organisational strategy. You will investigate the use of change models; the characteristics of internal and external change agents; the importance of management and leadership skills and how change can be evaluated.

Strategic Marketing

The aim of the unit is to develop your knowledge and understanding of the marketing function of an organisation, how it interconnects with other functions and its impact as a way of doing business on the evolution of corporate strategy. It will help you to develop a critical understanding of concepts, methods and technical aspects of strategic marketing and the challenges associated with marketing in today’s business environment. A strategic marketing strategy combines product development, promotion, distribution, pricing, relationship management and other elements of marketing. It identifies an organisation’s strategic marketing goals, and explains how they will be achieved, ideally within a designated timeframe.

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