Leadership and Management

CMI Award in Strategic Management & Leadership, Level 7

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.

The programme is intended for the middle to senior manager who have the authority and personal inspiration to translate organisational strategy into effective operational performance. It is equally valuable for the person who aspires to such a role, by helping them to gain the knowledge and understanding necessary to deliver those outcomes.


One taught session per month on a Thursday 2pm until 9pm, followed by completion, one month later, of a 3,000 word assignment, guidance and resources are provided in relation to completion of this. In addition you are expected to commit at least one hour study per evening, a minimum of 20 hours over the duration of the course.


Deliverers 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 posess CMI or academic qualifications in this field.


Additional information for this course, including module outlines and guided learning hours can be found on the CMI website (managers.org.uk).

Entry requirements

It is expected that you will hold a Level 5 CMI or similar qualification. However, we are able to take into account your level of experience in lieu of formal qualifications and this is normally established at interview.

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

Choose only one from the following, a minimum of 6 credits is requied to acheive the award;

––Personal Development as a Strategic Manager (6 credits)
––Strategic Information management (6 credits)
––Human Resource Planning (8 credits)
––Financial Management (7 credits)
––Conducting a Strategic Management Project (10 credits)
––Developing Performance Management Strategies (7 credits)
––Reviewing organisational strategy plans and performance (9 credits)
–– Implementing organisational change strategies (7 credits)
––Developing a marketing strategy (6 credits)

How will I be assessed?

One 3,000 word assignment, to be submitted after the taught session.

What can I do next

You can study further units to complete the CMI Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership which is then your first step towards completing a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership or an MBA. Local providers are the University of Worcester and Birmingham City University.

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