CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and leadership in practice

The CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic leadership and Management practice is designed for Managers who are already operating at the strategic level.

Academic Year: 2022/23

Course Code: 10819

Study Type: Part-Time

Education Level Higher Education


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Course Structure

This qualification is designed for individuals wishing to develop strategic management and leadership practice who will have the knowledge, skills and behaviours to drive business activities in a senior, regional, specialist, director or CEO management and leadership role.  The programme will build on existing skills and knowledge candidates have as a manager and leader and will provide a more in depth understanding of the skills and behaviours required for strategic development and leadership.  Through the completion of the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic leadership and management qualification candidates will have the opportunity to complete a strategic project.  The programme is dynamic and intensive, candidates need to be prepared to complete substantial independent research to support the completion of their programme.

Contact Hours

The programme is delivered via a series of eight four hour intensive workshops, all of which are mandatory.  The workshops are delivered consecutively in two distinct periods.

  • Session 1:  Role and context of strategic leadership
  • Session 2:  Organisational culture and impact upon strategic leadership
  • Session 3:  Strategic project and research design
  • Session 4:  Strategic project review


  • Session 5:  Governance and strategic business case
  • Session 6:  Leadership skills and behaviours
  • Session 7:  Strategic reflection
  • Session 8:  Strategic projects and resilience

Entry Requirements

Candidates are required to demonstrate the following to be considered for a place on the programme, in addition to the entry requirements candidates will undergo an interview to assess suitability on the programme.

  • Hold a senior management position for at least two years
  • Can demonstrate engagement in strategic level project development over the past two years
  • Degree or equivalent qualification



How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Candidates are required to complete two 4500-5000 words written reports to complete the qualification, one of which is Strategic project.  Candidates will be provided with individual one to one mentoring to support the development of their strategic projects and their personal development on the programme.



Where will it take me?

Successful completion will further develop your skills and behaviours as a strategic leader. 

How will it make me more employable?
On completion candidates may wish to be considered as a CMI Chartered Manager through the formal submission process.  SERC is an accredited Chartered Manager centre so can facilitate this.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme.

 The qualification is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Course Modules

Candidates will complete the following units:

  • Unit 701:  Strategic Leadership  The aim of this unit is to equip leaders with an in-depth understanding of strategic leadership within an organisational context. Leaders will explore the complexities of the role and the theoretical perspectives, approaches, behaviours and skills which can enhance their professional practice. The unit focuses on the leader’s ability to respond creatively to complex organisational challenges and understand how to set and deliver sustainable strategic goals. 
  • Unit 712: Strategic Management Project  The aim of this unit is for leaders to undertake a strategic management project of their own choosing. To achieve this outcome leaders will develop a business case, propose research design to inform the project’s direction and recommend project management methods and tools to structure the delivery of the project. Leaders will report on project outcomes and reflect on the skills and behaviours which ultimately influence the success of the strategic management project  
Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

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