Chartered Management Institute Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership





Awarding Body




About the course

The programme has been developed to meet the needs of practicing managers and those who aspire to a career in management. The qualification links to the NVQs in management at level 7 and form part of a professional qualification pathway for managers.

The qualification has been designed with regard to the requirements of various MBA programmes, allowing the possibility of negotiating exemptions from such courses.

The programme is designed to be flexible to meet the needs of the target audience and give students access to up-to-date management theory and practice. The qualification is part of a suite of management qualifications offered by the Chartered Management Institute who are the country’s leading awarding body of management qualifications.


Entry Requirements

Although a Level 5 Professional Diploma in Management Studies is the principal entry requirement for this course, applicants with a relevant degree (eg Business), or with substantial senior management experience will also be welcome.

Students usually need one or more of the following:

  1. Full or part time employment (continuous voluntary/charity role could be considered too); employment 3+ years
    This condition must be met.

  2. A minimum Level 5 qualification in any Business related discipline.

  3. A minimum 3 years in a managerial role.

  4. If all conditions are met, you will need an interview

If conditions 2 and 3 are not met, you may be able to join the level 5 Management course



What will I do on this course?

There are nine units in this qualification including:

  • Personal Development as a Strategic leader
  • Strategic Performance Management
  • Financial Management
  • Strategic Information Management
  • Conducting a Strategic Management Project
  • Organisational Direction
  • Plus 3 other units 
Who is it for?

This course appeals equally to people who are building a powerful management strand on their CV, or to those who wish to gain accreditation for their experience and achievements to date. Successful candidates will come from a wide range of vocational areas, and backgrounds.


 The Level 7 Diploma is designed to fulfil one or more of the following:

  • To provide a professional qualification for students who are senior managers or those who wish to move into senior management positions

  • To provide the knowledge and understanding which underpins the NVQ in Management at level 7
  • Develop the skills of practicing managers and those aspiring management positions, and to promote good practice in management

  • Provide progression route to more advanced management qualifications and provide students with the basis for further development

How to apply

To arrange an interview please contact, or call 0117 312 5000


How Is this course assessed?

The course will be taught and assessed using a variety of methods which will include:

• Essays

• Assignments

• Case Studies

• Presentations

• Viva Voce

All modules are assessed by coursework, there are no examinations. Some modules are assessed by an assignment based on the workplace. Others are based on case-studies or practical tasks. A typical assessment for a unit would be to produce a strategic plan for human resources. Most reports have a suggested word count of 3,000 - 3,500 words. Support and guidance is given on the research skills needed on the course.

What could I do next?

This course can be upgraded to a Post Graduate Diploma by the study of further CMI units at Level 7. Other alternatives:  

  • MBA at the University of Bath or Gloucester
  • MSc in Strategic Management at the University of Bristol
  • Various other post-graduate (ie Masters Degree) Awards 
Additional cost

The course fee: £2,500

The course duration: 1st Oct – 31st July

Attendance: Once a week – Thursdays, 2pm – 9pm

Place: Ashley Down, University Centre-Cabot House


You will need an interview for this course. 




How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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