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

Entry requirements

Ideally applicants will have some senior leadership experience and carry out a management and leadership role at senior level. Applicants who have been identified by their organisation as aspiring senior managers and leaders are also welcomed, but they must have the support of their organisation and opportunities to apply their learning.

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

Cohort 1 Cohort 2
Thursday 15 September 2022 Tuesday 17 January 2023
Thursday 29 September 2022 Thursday 02 February 2023
Thursday 13 October 2022 Thursday 16 February 2023
Thursday 27 October 2022 Thursday 02 March 2023
Thursday 10 November 2022 Thursday 16 March 2023
Thursday 24 November 2022 Thursday 30 March 2023
Thursday 08 December 2022 Thursday 20 April 2023
Thursday 12 January 2023 Thursday 04 May 2023
Thursday 26 January 2023 Thursday 18 May 2023
Thursday 09 February 2023 Thursday 01 June 2023
Thursday 23 February 2023 Thursday 15 June 2023

Course overview

The Strategic Leadership Programme is built around the CMI RQF Level 7 (SCQF level 11) Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership which will be awarded to participants upon successful completion of the course and the two assignments.

The course comprises two units:

Strategic leadership (701)

Credits: 11                            Guided learning hours: 36

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.

Leading Strategic Change (705)

Credits: 8                             Guided learning hours 24

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.

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. Guided learning comes in the form of research on the participant’s organisation, reading and self-directed exploration on key topics.


A written assessment must be completed for each unit. The graded system for CMI qualifications is ‘Pass/Refer. If a candidate does not pass on their first attempt, they will be given developmental feedback and allowed a second and final submission.

Progression opportunities

Upon successful completion of this qualification, learners can 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, Member benefits can be found here.


Total cost of the programme for college staff is £640 (incl. VAT).
This includes CMI registration and assessment administration fees.

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,

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