Leadership and Management

CMI Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice, Level 7

Please note there may be additional charges within the course for textbooks, trips, registration and assignment fees.

Course overview

The level 7 programme builds upon the past operational knowledge and experience of managers by focusing on the more strategic issues of management within an organisation.

With a more comprehensive structure, our Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership develops you further to give you all the key skills and competencies you will need to become an effective strategic manager. This course gives you full CMI membership and takes you another step closer towards Chartered Manager Status.


Workshops are held once per month on a Thursday 2pm until 9pm over 9 months. Due to the nature of the qualification flexible start dates are available throughout the year. In addition you are expected to commit at least one hour study per evening, a minimum of 264 hours over the duration of the course.


Lecturers of these sessions have occupational experience in the areas of management and leadership, which will assist in the practical application of the theory taught because of their occupational experience. A number of lecturers also possess CMI or academic qualifications in this field.


Additional information for this course, can be found on the CMI website (managers.org.uk).

Entry requirements

Applicants normally have a CMI Level 5 Certificate/Diploma or similar qualification – e.g. BA/BSc (Hons) Business and/or Management. However, we welcome mature applicants who may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/ or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

The College has a commitment to widening participation in Higher Education, and will therefore give careful consideration to prior experiential learning, non-traditional qualifications and qualifications obtained outside of the United Kingdom.

Course Modules

- Strategic Leadership
- Leading and Developing People to Optimise Performance
- Developing Organisational Strategy
- Personal and Professional Development for Strategic Leaders
- Finance for Strategic Leaders

How will I be assessed?

One 4,000 (approximate) word assignment to be submitted after each unit. Guidance and resources are provided in relation to completion of this.

What can I do next

On successful completion of the course, you may be able to progress onto a master's degree in business administration (MBA) or similar master's course in business and/or management. You may also want to develop your personal and professional development by investigating the opportunity to become a Chartered Manager.

Successful completion can lead to the Chartered Manager Status, further information can be obtained from the CMI website.