CMI Level 7 Strategic Management & Leadership Diploma, Certificate & Award Qualifications (RQF) – Distance Learning

Who is the course for?

The course and qualifications are aimed at Directors, Senior Managers and Business Owners with a strategic responsibility. Typically, delegates to this programme will have either an input into the organisation’s strategy, be responsible for providing direction or be preparing to take on a strategic role. This is a comprehensive programme of Leadership & Management development and the wide choice of subjects allows delegates to focus on areas that will meet their own particular needs. It is this flexibility that helps to provide a step change in both individual and organisational performance.

The depth of the programme is designed to provide a range of study options from gaining an Award (which requires completion of the relevant online learning journeys and completing one assignment) through to a full Diploma requiring 5 to 7 assignments (depending on your area of study and assignment choices).

There are no formal entry requirements for the programme. The programme is intended for experienced leaders but could also be considered as a longer-term alternative to full-time University master’s education. If you are unsure if the course will suit your needs, please contact us for individual guidance

What you will learn

Study is mainly via our on-line learning platform on the CMI’s Management Direct resource. Here you will find structured learning journeys designed by the CMI that will take you through each module at your own pace. The online learning journeys are a mix of reading, video tutorials, interactive scenario exercises and questionnaires and take between 5 and 10 hours each to complete. The learning journeys are enhanced by other learning materials and exercises designed by CMBD Leadership and Management trainers and consultants.

This combination of training, teaching and self-development delivers a high quality, flexible and cost-effective way of achieving an Internationally recognised qualification. CMI qualifications at Level 7 are based on practical skills and competences that are rated in academic terms as being comparable to master’s or Postgraduate Diplomas

The topics covered in the Learning Journeys are;

  • Innovation and Change
  • Strategy
  • Developing Collaborative Relationships
  • Enterprise and Risk
  • Finance
  • Leading and Developing people

The total online learning time to complete the programme study content is approximately 32 hours.

Gaining the qualification

To obtain the Level 7 Diploma qualification, you will need to complete the online learning modules and the relevant number of assignments (between 5 and 7 depending on which units you choose). A Level 7 Certificate qualification requires 3 assignments and a Level 7 Award requires 1 assignment.

Delegates start by completing a virtual induction classroom session before deciding which units or assignments to complete. Each candidate can then discuss with their tutor and decide how they wish to construct their qualification. There is a choice of 26 subject areas that you can study so you really can tailor your programme to your own particular needs or career objectives.

Most people will send their tutor work as they complete each section of a unit so that feedback and guidance can be provided on an ongoing and personal basis. You can also email or arrange additional sessions if you need help with a particular issue.

In addition to the study aids provided by CMBD, the CMI produce an excellent range of publications called ‘Pathway Guides’ to accompany each of the qualification units. These contain a lot of the underpinning knowledge required to complete assignment units and have a series of exercises which candidates will find useful. These are available to order from the CMI website and are £30 each or £200 for a set of nine (prices correct at the time of writing but subject to change by CMI). These are not essential to complete your qualification but they are highly recommended.

What does it cost?

The total cost of the CMBD Level 7 Diploma programme is £1995.00 plus VAT per candidate.

This includes all CMI registration fees, virtual classroom induction and tutorial sessions, access to the CMI Level 7 Learning Journeys, personal tutor sessions and all assignment feedback, marking and moderation costs.

There is also an interest-free payment option over twelve months.

The deposit is £495.00 plus vat with 12 payments of £125.00 plus vat each month.

If your circumstances do not allow the time to complete a full Diploma, CMBD also provide a CMI Level 7 Award qualification option (just one assignment required) at £595.00 plus vat or a CMI Level 7 Certificate qualification option (just three assignments required) at £895.00 plus vat.

Why study with CMBD?

The team at CMBD are all highly qualified and experienced trainers that have been delivering high quality learning for over 30 years. Our track record speaks for itself so when you study with us you know you will get;

  • Flexible study to suit your timetable
  • A single tutor to guide you through the study and assignments
  • Full access to online learning journeys and a wealth of other learning materials to further develop your knowledge and skills
  • Membership of the CMI while you study
  • Regular opportunities to take part in learning activities with other delegates
  • Resources to complete assignments
  • Fast turn-around on assignment feedback and marking
  • 98% qualification success rate – occasionally someone disappears without trace!
  • Free access to our online community where you can engage and network with trainers, consultants and other delegates
  • An enjoyable and stimulating development experience
  • Fantastic value for money with zero interest payment options

For an enrolment form, more information (detailed syllabus etc.), or an informal chat to discuss the programme please contact us on


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The Centre For Management and Business's Offer

CMBD offer a range of Management, Leadership and Business skills training by video conference, offering the same level of interaction and learning experience that you would get in a training room environment.Our trainers are all experienced and practicing business professionals selected for their experience, depth of knowledge and track record of delivering high quality traing experiences.Online training is conducted in small groups allowing everyone to get involved and converse with each other normally. Delegates can all see each other, view training materials and videos, conduct break-out group discussions and use interactive whiteboards. Training from our programmes is usually in 2 hour sessions with regular breaks from the screen and is delivered from our offices which have state of the art video conferencing facilities.In addition to the range of subjects listed on the Skills Bank website we offer a bespoke learning option tailoring subjects to your specific needs or systems.Subjects include; Leadership & Management, Business Planning and Strategy, Finance, Sales and Marketing, Business Improvement & Operational Excellence

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