CMI Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice


The CMI Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice is the most updated and advanced qualification designed for professionals who wish to develop and excel their skills in strategic management and leadership skills. This program will give them the expertise and improve the ability to implement fundamental management and leadership models within an organisation’s strategic framework.

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.

Extended Diploma: The Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice has an all-inclusive structure which will give you all the necessary skills and competencies to become a competent manager. This Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice will also give you full CMI membership which will make you closer to your dream of becoming a Chartered Manager.

  • 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.

  • Outstanding tutor support that gives you supportive guidance all through the course accomplishment through SBL Support Desk Portal.
  • Access to our cutting-edge learning management platform where you will be able to access vital learning resources and communicate with support desk team.
  • Quality learning materials such as 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.
  • Formative assessment feedback will be provided by the tutors to improve the learners’ achievements.
  • Assessment materials are accessible through our online learning platform
  • Supervision for all modules
  • Multiplatform accessibility through online learning platform. This facilitates SBL in providing learners with course materials directly through smartphone, laptop, tablets or desktop offering students’ opportunity to study as per their convenience.
  • Live Classes (for Blended Learning Students only).
  • Time-constrained scenario-based assignments
  • No examinations

Learners must:

  • Be 21 years of age and over
  • Have 3 Years of middle management experience or 2 years of senior management experience
  • Possess the ability to complete the Level 7 Qualification

We would recommend the below qualifications as a possible progression route, once completing the Strategic Management and Leadership qualifications:

  • CMI Level 7 Qualifications in Management Coaching and Mentoring
  • The opportunity to work towards Chartered Manager status, the highest accolade in the management profession and awarded only by CMI
  • Employers highly value the qualifications awarded by Chartered Management Institute and over 80% of managers opine that a CMI qualification is an essential component of becoming a professional manager.
  • Boost employee morale and engagement.
  • Boost employee morale and engagement. According to Engage for Success (2013) about 65% of the employees do not have trust in managers. Comparing to other developed countries the UK has 6% lower average engagement (Kennexa, 2011)
  • Networking at any of our events around the UK or via our online community, including regional conferences, bespoke webinars and industry speakers.
  • Access to our research and insight content, including Professional Manager magazine, delivered to your door and available online.
  • The opportunity to be a part of CMI Achieve, our online coaching and mentoring programme that matches experienced managers and leaders with those looking to develop skills and knowledge

Learners must request before enrolment to interchange unit(s) other than the preselected units shown in the SBL website because we need to make sure the availability of learning materials for the requested unit(s). SBL 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.


Reference No : 708

Credit : 8 || TQT : 80

The ability to effectively lead strategic risk management is essential to safeguard an organization’s prosperity and reputation. Ultimately, leaders must know how to develop and lead risk management in a manner that not only reacts to organizational needs but contributes to organizational success. 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 organizational 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 organizational context.

Reference No : 701

Credit : 11 || TQT : 110

Effective strategic leadership is a catalyst for organizational success. Leaders have to be knowledgeable, creative, agile and resilient to respond to organizational need in the contemporary workplace. The aim of this unit is to equip leaders with an in-depth understanding of strategic leadership within an organizational context. Leaders will explore the complexities of the role and the theoretical perspectives, approaches, behaviors and skills which can enhance their professional practice. The unit focuses on the leader’s ability to respond creatively to complex organizational challenges and understand how to set and deliver sustainable strategic goals.

Reference No : 703

Credit : 7 || TQT : 70

Collaboration and partnerships can have a huge impact on organizational success. These arrangements (formal or informal) can result in increased profitability and productivity as well as the development and delivery of new products and services. Collaboration and partnerships can turn ideas into reality, enhancing opportunities for innovation and creativity, research and development. Increasingly, collaboration and partnership working are required to be successful in gaining a bid or tender. 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 organizational 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 organization’s success.

Reference No : 704

Credit : 9 || TQT : 90

Leaders must have an in-depth understanding of strategy and how it can be developed if they are to operate effectively in complex local, national and global markets. The aim of this unit is to enable leaders to know how to develop and influence an organization’s strategic direction through the development of a meaningful strategy. To support this outcome, leaders will critique the factors which drive the development of organizational strategy and appraise approaches to successfully develop strategy. The unit culminates in leaders developing an organizational 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.

Reference No : 711

Credit : 9 || TQT : 90

Entrepreneurial practice is a multi-dimensional concept. To some it is simply the pursuit of an opportunity; to others it could be an innovative business start-up, an invention or re-invention of a product, service or a process or the development of solutions to social, cultural or environmental issues. At its core entrepreneurialism or entrepreneurial action is a mind-set. Entrepreneurial practice covers several different perspectives; economic, management, sociology and psychology. 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

Reference No : 705

Credit : 8 || TQT : 80

Leaders must be able to navigate an organisation through strategic change. This will optimise an organisation’s ability to remain competitive, react to the needs and expectations of stakeholders and respond to changing national and international markets. The aim of this unit is for leaders to understand the scope, context and complexity of leading strategic change. Leaders will understand how the application of analytical techniques, theories and models of change, and creative problem-solving can be used to equip them to lead strategic change with confidence. The unit culminates in giving leaders the opportunity to develop a proposal to lead a strategic change.

Reference No : 714

Credit : 9 || TQT : 90

In a globalised, high-tech, fast paced and unpredictable world, strategic leaders must prioritise personal and professional development. This will enable them to keep pace with developments in strategic and operational practice and equip them to respond effectively to organizational and societal change. The aim of this unit is to support leaders to understand approaches to personal and professional development. Leaders will critically reflect on the interrelationship between the skillset and mindset to develop as a strategic leader. Vitally leaders will reflect on their own personal, interpersonal and professional competencies and behaviors to lead strategically. The opportunity for leaders to reflect on their own performance will equip them to develop a meaningful personal and professional development plan.

Reference No : 715

Credit : 8 || TQT : 80

There is a moral, financial and legal business case for excellent practice in equality, diversity and inclusion in an organizational context. Ensuring it is led effectively at a strategic level requires knowledge, understanding, skills, behaviours and tenacity to keep pace with the momentum of change. An understanding of the topic not only impacts on the success of strategic objectives but it mitigates risk and enables a culture of support and wellbeing to thrive. The aim of this unit is to enable leaders to develop an in-depth understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion at a strategic level. Leaders will have the opportunity to critically assess structural inequality within an organizational and societal context. They will discuss approaches to comply with legal and good practice requirements and to appraise the influence of equality, diversity and inclusion on strategic objectives. The unit culminates in leaders being given the opportunity to develop strategic priorities for equality, diversity and inclusion.

Delivery Methods

School of Business 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 SBL Support Desk Portal System to discuss the course materials, get guidance and assistance and request assessment feedbacks on assignments.

We at SBL 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 SBL 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 online learning with live classes and online learning methods at SBL is the Block Delivery of Online Live Classes. Learners enrolled at SBL 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 London is dedicated to offering excellent support on every step of your learning journey. School of Business 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 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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