Edexcel BTEC Level 7 Diploma

Edexcel BTEC Level 7 Diploma

The Edexcel BTEC Level 7 Diploma extends the work-related focus from the Edexcel BTEC Level 7 Certificate. There is potential for the qualification to prepare learners for employment in a particular vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they wish to enter a specific area of work.

Edexcel BTEC Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Qualification credit value:

a minimum of 60 credits.
Minimum credit to be achieved at, or above, the level of the qualification: 55 credits. 3 All credits must be achieved from the units listed in this specification.

Welcome to BTEC Level 7 in Strategic Management and Leadership

We are delighted to introduce our new qualifications, which are available for teaching from August 2010. These qualifications have been revised and conform with the requirements of the new QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework).

Focusing on the BTEC Level 7 in Strategic Management and Leadership

BTEC Level 7 Professional qualifications in Strategic Management and Leadership are designed to provide focused and specialist vocational short courses, linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards where appropriate, with a clear work-related emphasis. The qualifications provide short vocational programmes of study that meet the individual needs of learners. There is a strong emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding in the sector.

They are particularly suitable for more mature learners who wish to follow a short programme of 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 in the vocational area.

Learners are able to progress across the range of Level 7 qualifications, from Award to Certificate to Diploma to Extended Diploma. These BTEC qualifications also support Continuing Professional Development (CPD), as well as enabling sideways progression to Masters degrees, such as an MBA, or a Level 7 NVQ in Management.

BTEC Professional qualifications are designed to meet a range of different needs. The qualifications offer: 

  • Maximum flexibility with a range of different-sized Level 7 programmes 
  • The opportunity to certificate smaller blocks of learning designed to motivate learners and encourage widening participation in education and training 
  • Courses that relate to the particular training and employment patterns in a Sector 
  • Courses that may offer preparation for specific jobs when in employment 
  • The opportunity to use a range of delivery methods 
  • Opportunities for learners to develop skills that support career and professional Development 
  • Underpinning knowledge, skills and understanding linked, where appropriate, to named NVQs 
  • Programmes that can enable progression either to higher levels of study or to other courses at the same level of study.

Straightforward to implement, teach and assess Implementing BTECs couldn’t be easier. They are designed to easily fit into your curriculum and can be studied independently or alongside existing qualifications, to suit the interests and aspirations of learners. The clarity of assessment makes grading learner attainment simpler.

Engaging for everyone Learners of all abilities flourish when they can apply their own knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to a subject. BTEC qualifications make explicit the link between theoretical learning and the world of work by giving learners the opportunity to apply their research, skills and knowledge to work-related contexts and case studies. These applied and practical BTEC approaches give all learners the impetus they need to achieve and the skills they require for workplace or education progression.

Recognition 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.

All you need to get started
To help you off to a flying start, we’ve developed an enhanced specification that gives you all the information you need to start teaching BTEC. This includes:


  • A framework of equivalencies, so you can see how this qualification compares with other Edexcel vocational qualifications 
  • Information on rules of combination, structures and quality assurance, so you can deliver the qualification with confidence 
  • Explanations of the content’s relationship with the learning outcomes 
  • Guidance on assessment, and what the learner must produce to achieve the unit. 
  • Don’t forget that we’re always here to offer curriculum and qualification updates, local training and network opportunities, advice, guidance and support.