CMI Strategic Leadership Programme

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This course is aimed at senior managers and aspiring senior managers who have or aim to have the authority and personal inspiration to translate organisational strategy into effective operational performance. The qualification requires managers to build on their strategic management and leadership skills and to focus on the requirements of implementing the organisation’s strategy.

Strategic Leaders Graduate shares their experience:

I have more confidence in the best approaches to use when making strategic decisions. The programme also introduced me to colleagues across the sector at similar levels that I can contact to share/bounce ideas off


Highly recommended – great fun, thought provoking, and a really well considered step away from the daily challenges. I really enjoyed it!

Entry requirements

To be eligible for this course, you should have some senior leadership experience and carry out a management and leadership role at senior level. You should also have the support of your organisation and opportunities to apply your learning. If you are an aspiring senior manager or leader, you are also welcome to apply, but you must have been identified by your organisation as having the potential to progress to a senior role.

Course Dates (all online sessions run from 11am – 1pm)

Cohort 1 Cohort 2
Thursday 05 September 2024 Thursday 16 January 2025
Thursday 19 September 2024 Thursday 30 January 2025
Thursday 03 October 2024 Thursday 13 February 2025
Thursday 17 October 2024 Thursday 27 February 2025
Thursday 31 October 2024 Thursday 13 March 2025
Thursday 14 November 2024 Thursday 27 March 2025
Thursday 28 November 2024 Thursday 10 April 2025
Thursday 12 December 2024 Thursday 01 May 2025
Thursday 09 January 2025 Thursday 15 May 2025
Thursday 23 January 2025 Thursday 29 May 2025
Thursday 06 February 2025 Thursday 12 June 2025

Course overview

This course is designed for senior managers and aspiring senior managers who want to develop their strategic leadership skills and implement organisational strategy effectively. The course is based on the CMI RQF Level 7 (SCQF level 11) Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership, which is a recognised qualification in the UK. The course consists of two units: Strategic Leadership and Leading Strategic Change. The course will enable you to:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of strategic leadership and its role in organisational success
  • Explore the complexities and challenges of leading strategically in different contexts and situations
  • Develop the skills and behaviours to respond creatively and confidently to complex problems and opportunities
  • Learn how to apply analytical techniques, theories and models of change to lead strategic change initiatives
  • Develop a proposal to lead a strategic change in your organisation

Course delivery

This is a blended learning programme. Participants will attend 11 x 2-hour on-line workshops interspersed with guided and self-directed learning. The workshops combine tutor input, practical activities, peer learning and reflective practice. In between the workshops, you will engage in guided and self-directed learning, which will include research on your organisation, reading and exploration of key topics. The total guided learning hours for the course are 60.


You will be assessed through a written assignment for each unit. The assignments will require you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the unit content, as well as your ability to apply it to your own organisational context. The assignments will be marked according to the CMI grading system, which is ‘Pass/Refer’. If you do not pass on your first attempt, you will receive developmental feedback and have a second and final chance to resubmit. Upon successful completion of the course and the assignments, you will receive the CMI RQF Level 7 (SCQF level 11) Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership.

Progression opportunities

This course will enhance your strategic leadership skills and prepare you for more senior roles and responsibilities in your organisation. You will also be able to progress to further learning within the suite of qualifications at this level or, where appropriate, to a higher-level qualification.

CMI Membership

Candidates will be provided with free Affiliate membership of the CMI through until the completion of their studies. This will give you access to a range of member benefits, such as online resources, networking events, mentoring and career development support. You can find more information about the CMI membership here.


Total cost of the programme for college staff is £640 (incl. VAT).
This includes CMI registration and assessment administration fees. You may be eligible for funding or sponsorship from your organisation or other sources. Please check with your line manager or HR department before applying.

Applying for the course

To apply and check your eligibility please complete our application form using the link below. Please note that college staff MUST have the support of their Line Manager or other authorised person before applying for this course.


If you have any questions please contact Valerie Jackman, the course coordinator, at

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