The first phase of the two year pathway to an MBA!

Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership

You can acquire a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) - a globally valued and recognised qualification - in two years. No undergraduate degree needed and with support to enable you to succeed and still have a work / life / study balance.

You begin with a qualification which is substantial in its own right: the EDEXCEL Level 7 (Masters level) Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership. On successful completion of this qualification, the award of 120 credit points at Masters level (level 7) will allow the student to progress their education to 'top-up' to a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at a range of UK universities - by entirely distance or part-time study - in their second year of study. Our preferred partner is the University of Northampton, where the 'top-up' year (short essay + dissertation on a free choice of topic) costs less than £3,000 for serving / veteran personnel. The University of Northampton has the largest 'top-up' programme for the UK armed forces and is an excellent choice.

A high-impact and intensive 2 day workshop covering the required modules kicks off your journey towards gaining this highly desirable and industry-recognised L7 Extended Diploma. Attendees will benefit from small instructor / student ratios to allow for what we describe as a sublime and interactive learning experience. You will then be mentored and guided by distance learning over the next 12 months to complete the written and verbally assessed modules.

Techniques and processes proven in and distilled from the Boardroom and academic research will be taught by our highly qualified and motivated instructors giving students the correct levels of confidence and knowledge to then complete their assignments by supported distance-learning. You will be treated as an equal and provided with practical, pragmatic and positive training and resources in study skills, essay-planning, referencing and specific module content. Our Virtual Learning Environment provides easy access to all of the materials you need to ace the programme!

Location: The course will be run in the charming cathedral town of Hereford

Cost: £2,500 (inc VAT). for military learners, Enhanced Learning Credits (ELCs) can be used.

Notes: no prior qualifications are required for entry to this programme - other than being aged over 19. We also offer an entirely distance-learning option if it is difficult for you to attend in person.


Course Start Dates (in-person workshops or distance-learning programme begins on the first of the days):

  • 9-10 December 2019
  • 18-19 February 2020
  • 7-8 April 2020
  • 16-17 June 2020
  • 21-22 July 2020
  • 15-16 September 2020
  • 17-18 November 2020