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Credit Value

120 ECT


9- 12 Months

Study Mode

Distance/Blended (Online)


6 Units (20 credits each)


Assignment Based

Course Overview

OTHM is a UK based Awarding Organisation regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation). OTHM has a network of numerous delivery centers globally to deliver their qualifications in wide range of courses. OTHM qualifications are developed to equip learners with the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for. Pursuing an OTHM qualification will give you the opportunity to enhance knowledge of business and management and grow key competencies to tackle work projects and situations more effectively. This in turn gives you the potential to get promotion within workplace. Alternatively, it allows you to progress onto a Bachelor degree / Master degree / MBA top-up programmes around the World.

The objective of the OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Education Management and Leadership qualification is to develop learners’ understanding of policy, management theory and practice in education. It provides learners with an opportunity to engage with the challenges facing professionals and policy makers in their own country.

It will provide knowledge that underpins the ability to work as an effective manager in the education sector. It combines both theoretical and practical knowledge in the education profession and will develop and enhance knowledge and skills in the areas of leading change, effective performance and team leadership.

Learners will be able to work in a variety of roles within education administration and/or management.

The OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Education management and Leadership consists of 6 mandatory units for a combined total of 120 credits, 1200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 480 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

Mandatory units

  • Contemporary Issues in Education: Theory, Policy and Practice (20 credits)
  • The Management of Education change(20 credits)
  • Managing Effective Intercultural communication and Perspectives (20 credits)
  • Pedagogy and Practice in Education (20 credits)
  • Leading Reflective Practice in Education (20 credits)
  • Research Methods in Education (20 credits)

The qualification is designed to be delivered over 9-12 months 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 through Learners University College

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

  • An honours 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)
  • Learner must be 21 years 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.

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 programme.

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

The OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Education 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 Master’s top-up programmes at many universities in the UK and overseas with advanced standing.

Progress to the following programme:

  • MA in Education Management and Leadership (top-up) awarded by University of Chichester delivered through London Graduate School
  • MA Professional Studies (top-up) at University of Portsmouth (Learning at Work)
  • MSc Professional Studies (top-up) final stage at University of Portsmouth (Learning at Work)

The OTHM Level 7 Diploma in Teaching and Learning enable learners to start their career in teaching field. Learners can acquire the positions as Lead teacher, curriculum developer, assessment planner, educational supervisor, Educational administrator etc.

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