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CMI Level 7 Units

These qualifications are aimed at managers and leaders looking to be at the absolute cutting edge of their field who are already in or close to C level roles and wish to be leadership and management pioneers and entrepreneurs.

AWARD

1-2 Units – 1 to 3 months

Providing an overview of the roles and responsibilities required for managers, the Award will develop the skills required for this level of responsibility.

CERTIFICATE

2-3 Units – 3 to 6 months

The Certificate provides a broader knowledge of skills to help you be more effective in specific management areas, with increased focus on the areas that are most appropriate to your role and organisation.

DIPLOMA

5-7 Units – 6 to 12 months

The Diploma gives you a fully comprehensive bank of the skills and knowledge required to be a manager as part of an organisation, as well as the ability to apply your learning in the context of another organisation or industry sector.

Unit 701 Strategic Leadership

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the role and context for strategic leadership
  • Understand the behaviours and skills for strategic leadership
Unit 703 Collaboration and Partnerships

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 organisational 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 organisation’s success.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the role of collaboration and partnerships
  • Know how collaboration and partnerships further organisational success
Unit 705 Leading Strategic Change

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the scope and context of strategic change
  • Know how to propose a strategy for leading strategic change
Unit 707 Organisational Design and Development

The aim of this unit is to enable leaders to understand the relationship between organisational design and development and the achievement of strategic objectives. Leaders will understand the impact of current and emerging factors which influence the need for agile and adaptive organisations. On successful completion of this unit, leaders will be able to develop a proposal for sustainable organisational design and development to respond to current and emerging needs.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand organisational design and development
  • Understand how to apply the principles of organisational design and development
Unit 709 Strategic Management of Data and Information

The aims of this unit are for leaders to see strategic management of data and information as an opportunity rather than a challenge. Leaders will understand the strategic value and use of data and information and will critique strategies for its effective management. The unit culminates in the opportunity to develop a strategy to improve the use of data and information in a strategic organisational context.

Learning Outcome:

  • Understand the strategic management of data and information
Unit 711 Entrepreneurial Practice

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand entrepreneurship in strategic contexts
  • Understand the principles of entrepreneurial practice
Unit 713 Applied Research for Strategic Leaders

The aim of this unit is to enable strategic leaders to develop an evidence-based understanding of applied research methods and the ways research can be conducted scientifically, ethically and legally in an organisational context. The unit will support strategic leaders to become producers of applied research, with the ability to generate new knowledge, based on the practical challenges of the workplace. The aim is to facilitate strategic decision making, and ultimately add value to the organisation.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the research process
  • Know how to develop a research proposal of strategic benefit
Unit 715 Strategic Approaches to Equality Diversity and Inclusion

The aim of this unit is to enable leaders to develop an indepth understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion at a strategic level. Leaders will have the opportunity to critically assess structural inequality within an organisational 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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand equality, diversity and inclusion at a strategic level
  • Know how to develop strategic priorities for equality, diversity and inclusion
Unit 702 Leading and Developing People to Optimise Performance

The aim of this unit is for leaders to develop an in-depth understanding of how to effectively lead and develop people. They will explore the influence and impact of leadership theories, culture, wellbeing, development and design, policy and strategy that can be used creatively within the leadership role. Ultimately, leaders will have the opportunity to propose a leadership and development strategy. The aim of which values people whilst optimising an organisation’s performance.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the principles for leading and developing people
  • Understand leadership and development strategy
Unit 704 Developing Organisational Strategy

The aim of this unit is to enable leaders to know how to develop and influence an organisation’s strategic direction through the development of a meaningful strategy. To support this outcome, leaders will critique the factors which drive the development of organisational strategy and appraise approaches to successfully develop strategy. The unit culminates in leaders developing an organisational 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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand how to develop strategy
  • Know how to develop strategy
Unit 706 Finance for Strategic Leaders

The aim of this unit is to provide leaders with an understanding of the scope, complexity and role of Finance within an organisational context. Leaders will know how to critically assess methods for analysing financial data and information required to make strategic decisions. Ultimately, the aim of this unit is to equip leaders to be more confident in their understanding of the Finance function.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the scope of the Finance function within an organisational context
  • Understand the role of Finance in strategic decision making
Unit 708 Strategic Risk Management

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 organisational 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 organisational context.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand strategies for managing risk
  • Know how to develop risk management strategies
Unit 710 Marketing Strategy

The aim of this unit is to enable leaders to understand the context in which a marketing strategy is developed. Leaders will appraise theoretical frameworks and processes which inform strategic marketing. They will have the opportunity to reflect on the interrelationship between marketing and an organisation’s strategic aims along with the opportunities and impact of digital marketing. Ultimately, leaders will consider how to develop a marketing strategy, which will enable organisational success.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the context in which a marketing strategy is developed
  • Know how to develop a marketing strategy
Unit 712 Strategic Management Project

The aim of this unit is for leaders to undertake a strategic management project of their own choosing. To achieve this outcome leaders will develop a business case, propose research design to inform the project’s direction and recommend project management methods and tools to structure the delivery of the project. Leaders will report on project outcomes and reflect on the skills and behaviours which ultimately influence the success of the strategic management project.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know how to develop a strategic management project
  • Know how to conduct a strategic management project
Unit 714 Personal and Professional Development for Strategic Leaders

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 behaviours 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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand approaches for personal and professional development
  • Know how to develop as a strategic leader through personal and professional development
Unit 716 Strategic Approaches to Mental Health and Wellbeing

The aim of the unit is for leaders to understand the impact of mental health and wellbeing on organisational performance. Leaders will critically assess the complexities of managing wellbeing and will appraise contemporary approaches for the creation of healthy work systems. The unit culminates in leaders being given the opportunity to propose a series of recommendations to create and sustain a positive culture of mental health and wellbeing within an organisational context.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the impact of managing mental health and wellbeing on organisational performance
  • Know how to develop a culture of mental health and wellbeing

AWARD

1-2 Units – 1 to 3 months

Providing an overview of the roles and responsibilities required for managers, the Award will develop the skills required for this level of responsibility.

CERTIFICATE

2-3 Units – 3 to 6 months

The Certificate provides a broader knowledge of skills to help you be more effective in specific management areas, with increased focus on the areas that are most appropriate to your role and organisation.

DIPLOMA

5-7 Units – 6 to 12 months

The Diploma gives you a fully comprehensive bank of the skills and knowledge required to be a manager as part of an organisation, as well as the ability to apply your learning in the context of another organisation or industry sector.

Unit 701 Strategic Leadership

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the role and context for strategic leadership
  • Understand the behaviours and skills for strategic leadership
Unit 702 Leading and Developing People to Optimise Performance
The aim of this unit is for leaders to develop an in-depth understanding of how to effectively lead and develop people. They will explore the influence and impact of leadership theories, culture, wellbeing, development and design, policy and strategy that can be used creatively within the leadership role. Ultimately, leaders will have the opportunity to propose a leadership and development strategy. The aim of which values people whilst optimising an organisation’s performance.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the principles for leading and developing people
  • Understand leadership and development strategy
Unit 703 Collaboration and Partnerships

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 organisational 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 organisation’s success.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the role of collaboration and partnerships
  • Know how collaboration and partnerships further organisational success
Unit 704 Developing Organisational Strategy
The aim of this unit is to enable leaders to know how to develop and influence an organisation’s strategic direction through the development of a meaningful strategy. To support this outcome, leaders will critique the factors which drive the development of organisational strategy and appraise approaches to successfully develop strategy. The unit culminates in leaders developing an organisational 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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand how to develop strategy
  • Know how to develop strategy
Unit 705 Leading Strategic Change

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the scope and context of strategic change
  • Know how to propose a strategy for leading strategic change
Unit 706 Finance for Strategic Leaders
The aim of this unit is to provide leaders with an understanding of the scope, complexity and role of Finance within an organisational context. Leaders will know how to critically assess methods for analysing financial data and information required to make strategic decisions. Ultimately, the aim of this unit is to equip leaders to be more confident in their understanding of the Finance function.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the scope of the Finance function within an organisational context
  • Understand the role of Finance in strategic decision making
Unit 707 Organisational Design and Development

The aim of this unit is to enable leaders to understand the relationship between organisational design and development and the achievement of strategic objectives. Leaders will understand the impact of current and emerging factors which influence the need for agile and adaptive organisations. On successful completion of this unit, leaders will be able to develop a proposal for sustainable organisational design and development to respond to current and emerging needs.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand organisational design and development
  • Understand how to apply the principles of organisational design and development
Unit 708 Strategic Risk Management
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 organisational 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 organisational context.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand strategies for managing risk
  • Know how to develop risk management strategies
Unit 709 Strategic Management of Data and Information

The aims of this unit are for leaders to see strategic management of data and information as an opportunity rather than a challenge. Leaders will understand the strategic value and use of data and information and will critique strategies for its effective management. The unit culminates in the opportunity to develop a strategy to improve the use of data and information in a strategic organisational context.

Learning Outcome:

  • Understand the strategic management of data and information
Unit 710 Marketing Strategy
The aim of this unit is to enable leaders to understand the context in which a marketing strategy is developed. Leaders will appraise theoretical frameworks and processes which inform strategic marketing. They will have the opportunity to reflect on the interrelationship between marketing and an organisation’s strategic aims along with the opportunities and impact of digital marketing. Ultimately, leaders will consider how to develop a marketing strategy, which will enable organisational success.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the context in which a marketing strategy is developed
  • Know how to develop a marketing strategy
Unit 711 Entrepreneurial Practice

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand entrepreneurship in strategic contexts
  • Understand the principles of entrepreneurial practice
Unit 712 Strategic Management Project
The aim of this unit is for leaders to undertake a strategic management project of their own choosing. To achieve this outcome leaders will develop a business case, propose research design to inform the project’s direction and recommend project management methods and tools to structure the delivery of the project. Leaders will report on project outcomes and reflect on the skills and behaviours which ultimately influence the success of the strategic management project.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know how to develop a strategic management project
  • Know how to conduct a strategic management project
Unit 713 Applied Research for Strategic Leaders

The aim of this unit is to enable strategic leaders to develop an evidence-based understanding of applied research methods and the ways research can be conducted scientifically, ethically and legally in an organisational context. The unit will support strategic leaders to become producers of applied research, with the ability to generate new knowledge, based on the practical challenges of the workplace. The aim is to facilitate strategic decision making, and ultimately add value to the organisation.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the research process
  • Know how to develop a research proposal of strategic benefit
Unit 714 Personal and Professional Development for Strategic Leaders
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 behaviours 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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand approaches for personal and professional development
  • Know how to develop as a strategic leader through personal and professional development
Unit 715 Strategic Approaches to Equality Diversity and Inclusion

The aim of this unit is to enable leaders to develop an indepth understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion at a strategic level. Leaders will have the opportunity to critically assess structural inequality within an organisational 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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand equality, diversity and inclusion at a strategic level
  • Know how to develop strategic priorities for equality, diversity and inclusion
Unit 716 Strategic Approaches to Mental Health and Wellbeing
The aim of the unit is for leaders to understand the impact of mental health and wellbeing on organisational performance. Leaders will critically assess the complexities of managing wellbeing and will appraise contemporary approaches for the creation of healthy work systems. The unit culminates in leaders being given the opportunity to propose a series of recommendations to create and sustain a positive culture of mental health and wellbeing within an organisational context.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the impact of managing mental health and wellbeing on organisational performance
  • Know how to develop a culture of mental health and wellbeing

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