Level 7 Strategic Management and Leadership


The Level 7 Strategic Management and Leadership qualification is awarded to outstanding senior leaders. Awarded by the Chartered Management Institute, it is recognised throughout the public and private sectors and across all management disciplines.

The aim is to support senior leaders who seek to continuously develop their department and/or pastoral teams into high-performing teams. With a distinct focus on a values-based education approach, the qualifications support the professional development of senior leaders who have the authority and personal inspiration to translate organisational strategy into effective operational performance. The qualifications require senior leaders to build on their strategic management and leadership skills and to focus on the requirements of implementing the organisation’s strategy.

CMI qualifications at RQF Level 7 portray practical skills and competences that are rated in academic terms as being comparable to Master’s Degrees, Integrated Master’s Degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas.

The Qualification Structure

This professional development qualification provides a unique opportunity for UK and International schools to transform their professional development programme. Encouraging senior leaders to focus on translating organisational strategy into effective operational performance, we provide schools and academies with the freedom and flexibility to design an accredited, bespoke and sustainable practitioner-led and evidence-based professional development programme.

The first stage of the qualification process requires senior leaders to reflect on their organisation’s vision, strategic goals and objectives. Why do we do what we do?

The second stage of the qualification process requires senior leaders to focus on their personal leadership development and evaluate its effectiveness in supporting the organisation’s vision and values.

The third stage of the qualification process requires senior leaders to focus on improving practice by developing, implementing, and evaluating research-focused projects that support the organisation’s vision and values.


Level 7 Award in Strategic Management and Leadership

Qualification Reference Number: 600/9457/6

Unit title: Reviewing organisational strategy plans and performance
Unit number: 7006V1

Introduction

This unit is about reviewing strategic aims and objectives, analysing progress towards achievement and evaluating alternatives.

Learning Outcomes
The learner will:

Be able to review the organisational strategic aims and objectives.
Be able to analyse progress towards organisational strategic aims and objectives.
Be able to evaluate strategic options to support a revised strategic position.


Level 7 Certficate in Strategic Management and Leadership

Qualification Reference Number: 600/9456/4

Unit title: Personal leadership development as a strategic manager
Unit number: 7001V1

Introduction

This unit is about understanding the strategic skills required to enable an organisation to achieve its ambitions. It requires you to demonstrate that you are able to identify and manage organisational skills requirements and personal leadership development and evaluate the effectiveness of the results. The unit is also about understanding how to create a staff welfare environment aligned to organisational values.

Learning Outcomes
The learner will:

Be able to identify skills to achieve strategic ambitions.
Be able to manage personal leadership development to support achievement of strategic ambitions.
Be able to evaluate the effectiveness of the leadership development plan.
Be able to advocate a staff welfare environment that supports organisational values.


Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership

Qualification Reference Number: 601/1196/3

Unit title: Implementing organisational change strategies
Unit number: 7010V1

Introduction

This unit is about identifying and developing change strategies to meet organisational objectives.

Learning Outcomes
The learner will:

Understand how to apply solutions to organisational change.
Understand how to develop a change strategy using implementation models.
Understand how to analyse an organisational response to change.
Be able to evaluate the impact of change strategies.


Unit title: Strategic project management
Unit number: 7009V1

Introduction

This unit is about understanding the elements involved in developing an effective project plan that supports strategic objectives.

Learning Outcomes
The learner will:

Understand the impact of projects and project management on strategic objectives.
Understand the elements of a project process and plan.
Understand how to implement the project plan and evaluate the outcome (s).


Unit title: Conducting a strategic management project
Unit number: 7005V1

Introduction

This unit is about identifying, researching and producing the results on an investigative project, and evaluating its impact.

Learning Outcomes
The learner will:

Be able to identify and justify a strategic investigative project.
Be able to conduct research, using sources, and synthesise data and options that support the project aims.
Be able to draw conclusions and make recommendations that achieve the project aim.
Be able to develop and review the results of the investigative project.