CMI Level 7 in Strategic Management & Leadership

Developed for directors and senior managers who have the responsibility to translate organisational strategy into effective performance, the Level 7 qualifications in Strategic Management and Leadership require the manager to focus on the implementation of their organisational strategy.


The Level 7 Award in Strategic Management and Leadership (QCF) will build on the managerial skills and knowledge you already have. It will give you a greater understanding of the various roles and responsibilities involved in strategic management and through focusing on specific areas on management, we'll tailor your qualification to suit your professional needs.


A more extensive qualification, the Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership (QCF) gives you a broader knowledge of effective management skills while focusing on the specific management areas appropriate to you and your workplace.


Our Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership (QCF) is designed for strategic managers aspiring to develop further skills. A Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership is the benchmark qualification for full CMI membership, taking you another step towards Chartered Manager status.

Extended Diploma

With a more comprehensive structure, our Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership (QCF) develops you further to give you all the key skills and competencies you'll need to become an effective strategic manager. As with the Diploma, the Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership gives you full CMI membership and takes you another step closer towards Chartered Manager status.


Typical units:

  • Developing performance management strategies
  • Financial management
  • Implementing organisational change strategies
  • Developing a marketing strategy
  • Developing risk management strategies


Assessment is normally via practical work-based assignments provided by your Approved Centre. This ensures you minimise time away from work and that you undertake work study which is relevant to your own organisation’s context.


On successful completion of a Level 7 qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership, a number of progression opportunities become available:

  • Enhance your professional status by upgrading your CMI membership
  • Progress to other qualifications at the same level (e.g. from Level 7 Award to Level 7 Certificate etc)
  • Progress to other qualifications at the next level (e.g. from Level 7 Certificate to Level 8 Certificate)
  • Apply to become a Chartered Manager.

For more information, please see the Syllabus or, alternatively, the Qualification Factsheet.