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CMI Level 7 Diploma

Strategic Management and Leadership Practice

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Up to 18 months

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CMI Level 7 Diploma Course Details

The CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership Practice is the ideal qualification for those working in senior management and leadership roles. The diploma is composed of a variety of modules that you can choose from, allowing you to select the topics that will be of the most value and relevance to your personal development.

The course will allow you to master the complex leadership skills you need to get the best out of your team in the modern workplace, including how to manage individual and team performance through to championing equality and diversity and mentoring your team for success.  

This qualification is aimed at senior managers and leaders who are looking to enhance how they use strategy in their management practice and advance to Chartered Manager status.

For the CMI Level 7 Certificate course there are no formal entry requirements that need to be satisfied in order for you to enrol, although you must be at least 19.

If English is your second language, we recommend that you have achieved an IELTS 6 or equivalent. However, this is not mandatory and we are happy to review your case on an individual basis. 

Before you enrol, our course advisors will talk you through your goals, experience and motivations to make sure this is the right course for you. 

You will be expected to complete a written assignment, between 3,500 to 4,500 words, at the end of each module that you study, allowing you to demonstrate your newly acquired knowledge and skills, which you have mastered during the modules.

Your assignments will then be be submitted online and marked by your personal CMI tutor. 

Once you have successfully passed all your assignments, you will then be awarded your new CMI qualification

We offer flexible 0% payment plans that allow you to spread the cost of your qualification with our interest-free* monthly payments options. You can also pay for your qualification in full during the enrolment process.

If, however, your employer is funding all or parts of your course on your behalf, we can directly invoice your organisation for your course fees.

If you need some extra assistance, give our affordability calculator a try before you enrol. 

Career Options

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  • £95,000

    Senior Manager Average Pay**

  • £128,000

    Director Average Pay**

CMI Level 7 Diploma Modules

You will choose the modules that you want to study from the following options. Your choices must total at least 370 learning hours.

This unit will help you to develop an in-depth understanding of where strategic leadership sits within an organisational context. You will look at the complexities of the role as a leader along with the theoretical perspectives, approaches, behaviours and skills that will enhance your career. 

You will:

  • Explore the complexities and challenges associated with leadership
  • Examine theoretical approaches, behaviours and perspectives to enhance leadership performance
  • Learn how to respond creatively to complex organisational challenges
  • Explore how to set and deliver sustainable strategic goals

Leaders need to have a highly developed understanding of strategy and how it can be used within and outside of an organisation if they want to be successful in complex and competitive markets. In this unit, you will learn how to develop and influence an organisation's strategic direction through strategy.

You will:

  • Critique and appraise the factors that influence the development of organisational strategy 
  • Learn how to develop an organisational strategy to achieve a specific business goal

Being able to manage and drive forward strategic change at an organisation is an essential trait of an effective leader. During this unit, you will develop the skills to enable you to lead strategically with confidence. 

You will:

  • Explore how analytical techniques, theories and models of change can be applied to strategic change management
  • Examine effective problem-solving techniques to help you lead strategic change with confidence

Organisational design and development is essential when it comes to building an organisation that is able to respond effectively to current and emerging needs. In this unit, you will explore the relationship between organisational design and development and achieving strategic goals. 

You will:

  • Assess the factors which influence organisational design and development
  • Appraise approaches to organisational design and development

A strategic understanding of how data and information can be used as an opportunity rather than a challenge is fundamental to the approach of effective leaders. In this unit, you will examine how to use data and information strategically in pursuit of objectives. 

You will:

  • Explore the strategic use and value of data and information
  • Appraise the challenges of managing data and information in organisations
  • Examine approaches to strategic management of data and information
  • Create a strategy to improve the management of data and information in your organisation


In this unit, you will put everything that you've learned during your study into practice through undertaking a strategic management project of your own. 

You will:

  • Develop a business case for a project
  • Propose research design to inform the project's direction
  • Recommend project management methods and tools to aid project delivery
  • Report on outcomes and the skills/ behaviours which influence the success of a strategic management project

In this unit, you will develop an understanding of approaches to personal and professional development. In a constantly changing world, leaders need to keep pace with developments in strategic leadership practice by examining their professional development if they are to remain competitive, effective actors.

You will:

  • Critically reflect on the relationship between skillset and mindset when developing as a strategic leader
  • Critically examine the behaviours and values needed for strategic leadership practice
  • Critically appraise how engagement with personal and professional development impacts on strategic leadership

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CMI Level 7 Diploma FAQs

Since 2007, Acacia Learning has been a premium education provider dedicated to personal and professional career development, with convenient and flexible learning options.

We help people elevate their careers and increase their earning potential with our internationally recognised professional qualifications, offering world-class content by leading practitioners. 

At Acacia we provide CMI qualifications at Level 5 and Level 7.

CMI Level 5 qualifications are ideal for professionals who are in the early or intermediate stages of  a mid-level management career and who are looking to develop the expertise and skills that they will need to progress their career to more senior positions. 

The CMI Level 5 Certificate is the perfect course to take if you want to prioritise developing the essential management skills and best practice called for by major employers. This qualification is based on the Level 5 Diploma but is a shorter version that only covers two essential modules. It is ideal for professionals who are focused on developing a few set skills, well. 

The CMI Level 5 Diploma is a more comprehensive qualification than the CMI Level 5 Certificate as it explores nine modules in detail. The course is designed to help you develop and enhance the specialist, yet broad, range of management skills and techniques you will need in senior leadership positions. 

CMI Level 7 qualifications are some of the most advanced that you can study in the industry. They are aimed at senior professionals and directors who want to enhance their skills and experience and improve their strategic thinking when it comes to business management. 

The CMI Level 7 Certificate is a short course aimed at equipping senior managers and directors with the fundamental strategic skills required to get the best out of teams and individuals at work. It is ideal for senior management professionals and leaders who know the specific set of skills that they want to develop. 

The CMI Level 7 Diploma is one of the highest level qualifications that you will be able to study with CMI when it comes to management and leadership. It is a detailed course that explores the strategic skills, expertise and techniques that you will need to lead businesses effectively and encourage your team to succeed.

Once you have completed this course, along with having gained the required experience, you will be eligible to apply for Chartered Manager status: a prestigious industry title. 

You will be able to start your course as soon as you have enrolled on your CMI course. Your account will be set up immediately and you will be able to start your studies within an hour. 

As everything is online and there are no set start dates or study schedule, you can fit your study around existing work and social commitments. 

Once you start your course you will be given access to 'mystudyspace', our online learning platform that contains a wealth of carefully-crafted learning resources to help you enhance your knowledge and build your skills. 

In addition to this, your tutor will be available throughout the study process to answer any questions you may have, provide feedback on coursework, and offer any guidance you might need. You will also be able to contact our experienced Student Support team, who will be on hand to support your studies.  

Yes, you need to be a current CMI member for the duration of your CMI study. 

We cannot submit your assignments for moderation, provide assignment grades or award your with your final qualification unless you are a current member of the CMI. 

Once you enrol, we will provide details about how to join CMI. You will then be required to pay an annual Student Membership fee, for which our CMI Advisors will be able to give you the most up-to-date costs. 

If you are intending to fund the full cost of your course yourself, we can offer a range of flexible 0% interest-free payment plans, letting you spread the cost of payment across several months. You can also pay for the qualification in full when you enrol on the qualification. 

If your employer is funding all or part of your course costs, we can directly invoice them, saving time and energy on your end. 

Please be aware that a CMI membership must be held to study any CMI courses or qualifications and that the cost of this is not included in our course fee. 

If you are interested in enrolling on the course with us, get in contact with our dedicated CMI Advisors.

They will have a short conversation with you where they will talk through your professional ambitions, your current experience and your education to make sure that you are choosing the right course for your needs.

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**Salary figures are based on figures cited on Glassdoor 2023.