CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership with MBA Top Up

This course is designed for those learners who have completed or planning to pursue their CMI Level 7 Diploma and wish to proceed for MBA at Anglia Ruskin University. Since there is no direct pathway to Anglia Ruskin University’s MBA Top Up program after CMI Diploma, we have introduced a Bridge module (Strategic Leadership and Organisational Transformation) which would be delivered at School of Business London. SBL delivers the CMI Level 7 Diploma and the Bridge module whereas the MBA Top Up is delivered and awarded by Anglia Ruskin University. The duration of the whole program is 12-15 months.

  • The qualification aims to improve your strategic management skills and techniques.
  • The knowledge gained through the qualification will assist you in your role as a strategic manager in your workplace.
  • You will be enabled to apply theories and models in your practical work scenarios, and it will enhance your problem-solving skills that can be applied to your working environment.
  • It is a nationally accredited qualification and the credits gained through this course can be transferred to any other universities or any other awarding bodies.
  • You will be enabled to manage problems in your workplace more effectively and it will boost the career prospectus.

Chartered Management Institute established over 60 years ago as the British Institute of Management back then; it has developed the UK’s very first diploma in management studies. In the years that followed CMI has consistently been at the forefront of all aspects of management and leadership. Today CMI is the only chartered professional awarding body committed to offering the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. Presently over 100,000 managers use its unique services daily. CMI qualifications aim for managers and leaders at any level, and it remains the only Awarding Body which can award Chartered Manager status – the ultimate management accolade. Employers highly value the qualifications awarded by CMI, and boost your career prospects.

Anglia Ruskin University began in 1858 as the Cambridge School of Art founded by William Beaumont. It was then merged with the Cambridge shire College of Arts and Technology and the Essex Institute of Higher Education and was renamed Anglia Polytechnic. It was then given university status in 1992 and renamed Anglia Ruskin University in 2005. The university has campuses in the UK (Cambridge, Chelmsford, London and Peterborough), as well as they are partnered with institutions around the world including Berlin, Budapest, Trinidad, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

  • This qualifications can be offered to Learners from age 21 and over.
  • The learners should possess 3 Years of middle management experience or 2 years of senior management experience
  • The learner should have the ability to complete the Level 7 Qualification

Learners must request before enrolment to interchange unit(s) other than the preselected units shown in the SBTL website because we need to make sure the availability of learning materials for the requested unit(s). SBTL will reject an application if the learning materials for the requested interchange unit(s) are unavailable.

Learners are not allowed to make any request to interchange unit(s) once enrolment is complete.

Stage 1 - CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Overview

This is the first stage of this whole program. CMI Diploma 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 qualification contains a breadth of units, which are reflective of the tasks and activities required by managers in roles such as senior managers, regional management and specialist managers who are accountable to a senior manager or business owner.

The qualifications have been designed for practising or aspiring managers in roles such as:

● Senior Manager

● Regional Manager

● Specialist Manager (with expertise in a specific business or technical function such as quality, finance, risk, marketing, sales IT, human resources etc.)

● Director


Module Structure

UNIT1- Strategic Risk Management: -

The aim of this unit is for leaders to develop an in-depth understanding of strategic risk management. Leaders will critically appraise strategic risk within an organisational context. They will assess strategies for risk management and the leadership skills to lead risk initiatives successfully. Ultimately, leaders will be given the opportunity to develop a framework to deliver a risk strategy in an organisational context.

UNIT2- 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.

UNIT3- Collaboration and Partnerships: -

The aim of the unit is for leaders to understand collaborative and partnership arrangements. Leaders will critically assess the scope and value of these, as well as evaluating the impact of organisational and legal frameworks on how these arrangements are delivered. The unit culminates in the requirement for the leader to present a rationale for collaboration or partnerships to further an organisation’s success.

UNIT4- Developing Organisational Strategy: -

The aim of this unit is to enable leaders to know how to develop and influence an organisation’s strategic direction through the development of a meaningful strategy. To support this outcome, leaders will critique the factors which drive the development of organisational strategy and appraise approaches to successfully develop strategy. The unit culminates in leaders developing an organisational strategy to achieve a business goal. To complement this activity, leaders will propose an approach to implement and monitor the strategy developed to ensure its sustained success.

UNIT5- Entrepreneurial Practice: -

The aim of this unit is to enable leaders to explore the principles of entrepreneurial practice, understand the different contexts in which entrepreneurship can flourish and the characteristics of entrepreneurial leadership.


Learners are required to submit time constrained, scenario-based assignments for each unit of the level 7 diploma. There will not be any examinations.

Stage 2 - Bridge Module - Strategic Leadership and Organisational Transformation

Now the second stage is to complete the Bridge Module. This module is about leadership at strategic level and the role of transformational leaders as catalysts for change in their organisations and whole industries. The module therefore focuses on two but clearly intertwined elements of strategic leadership and organisational transformation.  Effective strategic leadership is a facilitator for organisational success. Leaders have to be knowledgeable, creative, agile and resilient to respond to organisational need in the contemporary workplace. 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.

By studying this module, you should acquire a better understanding of their own leadership, or of the leadership in places of work and the changes that could take place in order to create a more effective leadership.

Aim of the Unit

Students are expected to develop a number of management / leadership skills that can be transferrable for use in other modules on the course and are essential in the workplace. Students are requested to refer a number of leadership theories which in turn enables them to undertake the tasks that will be given throughout the module. The notes formulated in response to these tasks will lead to you gaining formative feedback for your individual development.

Assessment outline

As an individual, you will electronically submit 5000 word assignment which consists of a two-part report comprising of (i) a critical review of academic material (2,500 words) and (ii) a critical appraisal, evaluation and justification of change within an International organisation (2,500 words).


Stage 3 - Master of Business Administration – Top Up

Now the final stage is enrolling for the Top Up program at Anglia Ruskin University. This professional qualification improves the chances of progression in a career path. This qualification helps the learner to oversee, supervise and allocate the operations in a business firm. The aims of the program are to make the candidate capable of understanding the functional aspects of a company and of acquiring the skills for communication and decision making. This program qualified from UK business schools are well acknowledged and globally respected as it dominates in critical thinking and research. MBA can also help you specialise in a new industry you want to move to, or in your current sector.


The course requires you to submit a final Consultancy Project Report which is treated as an assessment and it would be scrutinized and reviewed by the verifiers externally.


Delivery Methods

School of Business & Technology London provides various flexible delivery methods to its learners, including online learning and blended learning. Thus, learners can choose the mode of study as per their choice and convenience. The program is self-paced and accomplished through our cutting-edge Learning Management System. Learners can interact with tutors by messaging through the SBTL Support Desk Portal System to discuss the course materials, get guidance and assistance and request assessment feedbacks on assignments.

We at SBTL offer outstanding support and infrastructure for both online and blended learning. We indeed pursue an innovative learning approach where traditional regular classroom-based learning is replaced by web-based learning and incredibly high support level. Learners enrolled at SBTL are allocated a dedicated tutor, whether online or blended learning, who provide learners with comprehensive guidance and support from start to finish.

The significant difference between blended learning and online learning methods at SBTL is the Block Delivery of Online Live Classes. Learners enrolled at SBTL on blended learning are offered a block delivery of online live classes, which can be booked in advance on their convenience at additional cost. These live classes are relevant to the learners' program of study and aim to enhance the student's comprehension of research, methodology and other essential study skills. We try to make these live sessions as communicating as possible by providing interactive activities and presentations.

Resources and Support

School of Business & Technology London is dedicated to offering excellent support on every step of your learning journey. School of Business & Technology London occupies a centralised tutor support desk portal. Our support team liaises with both tutors and learners to provide guidance, assessment feedback, and any other study support adequately and promptly. Once a learner raises a support request through the support desk portal (Be it for guidance, assessment feedback or any additional assistance), one of the support team members assign the relevant to request to an allocated tutor. As soon as the support receives a response from the allocated tutor, it will be made available to the learner in the portal. The support desk system is in place to assist the learners adequately and streamline all the support processes efficiently.

Quality learning materials made by industry experts is a significant competitive edge of the School of Business & Technology London. Quality learning materials comprised of structured lecture notes, study guides, practical applications which includes real-world examples, and case studies that will enable you to apply your knowledge. Learning materials are provided in one of the three formats, such as PDF, PowerPoint, or Interactive Text Content on the learning portal.

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