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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.

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 overview

The Strategic Leadership Programme is built around the CMI 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 practice (CMI S1114V1)

Credits: 7                            Guided learning hours: 30

The aim of this unit is to help you understand the relationship between strategic management and leadership, leadership principles that support organisational values, and leadership strategies and the impact on organisational direction.

Implementing organisational change strategies (CMI S1110V1)

Credits: 7                             Guided learning hours 25

The aim of this unit is to help you understand how to apply solutions to organisational change, develop a change strategy using implementation models, understand how to analyse an organisational response to change, and be able to evaluate the impact of change strategies.

Course delivery

This is a blended learning programme that includes five one day 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.

Workshop dates

October 2019 Cohort   February 2020 Cohort
Thursday 10 October 2019 (complete) Thursday 27 February 2020 (complete)
Thursday 14 November 2019 (complete) Thursday 12 March 2020 (complete)
Thursday 30 January 2020 (complete) Thursday 7 May 2020 (complete)
Thursday 19 March 2020 (complete – online) Thursday 28 May 2020 (complete)
Thursday 2 April 2020 (complete – online) Wednesday 17 June 2020 (complete)


Assessment can be via practical work-based assignments. This ensures you minimise time away from work and that you undertake work study which is relevant to your own organisation’s context. An 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 £590 (incl. VAT).
Total cost for the programme for external candidates is £680 (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.

Click here to submit your application form


If you have any questions please contact Valerie Jackman,