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The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership gives you all the key skills and competencies you need to become an effective strategic manager. As with the Diploma, the Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership will qualify you for full CMI membership, as well as taking you another step closer towards achieving Chartered Manager status.

Exploring a range of topics, including financial management and planning, strategic project management and risk management strategies, the CMI Level 7 Extended Diploma is best suited to senior management professionals with responsibility for translating organisational strategy into effective performance. If you’d like to build your confidence and ability as a leader, or if you’re seeking to certify your existing skills, you can choose from a diverse range of units in order to tailor the Level 7 Extended Diploma to your interests or professional needs.

With a study period of 24 months and a total qualification time of 640 hours, the CMI Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership is a thorough and comprehensive route to becoming a successful strategic leader.

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  • Unrivalled support package

  • Fully flexible study options

  • First class study materials and resources

  • Structured, Constructive Tutor feedback

  • Fully Accredited Professional Qualifications

Course content

To complete the CMI Level 7 Extended Diploma, you will need to select a combination of units achieving a minimum of 640 TQT. A minimum of 420 TQT must be selected from Group A and 220 from either Group A or B.


  • Strategic Leadership (36 GLH / 110 TUT)
  • Leading and Developing People to Optimise Performance (34 GLH / 100 TUT)
  • Collaboration and Partnerships (18 GLH / 70 TUT)
  • Developing Organisational Strategy (30 GLH / 90 TUT)
  • Leading Strategic Change (24 GLH / 80 TUT)
  • Finance for Strategic Leaders (32 GLH / 90 TUT)
  • Organisational Design and Development (26 GLH / 80 TUT)
  • Strategic Risk Management (24 GLH / 80 TUT)
  • Strategic Management of Data and Information (24 GLH / 80 TUT)
  • Marketing Strategy (30 GLH / 80 TUT)
  • Entrepreneurial Practice (32 GLH / 90 TUT)
  • Strategic Management Project (24 GLH / 100 TUT)
  • Applied Research for Strategic Leaders (18 GLH / 70 TUT)
  • Personal and Professional Development for Strategic Leaders (24 GLH / 90 TUT)
  • Strategic Approaches to Equality Diversity and Inclusion (24 GLH / 80 TUT)
  • Strategic Approaches to Mental Health and Wellbeing (18 GLH / 70 TUT)


  • Principles of Contracting and Procurement (21 GLH / 60 TUT)
  • Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability (20 GLH / 60 TUT)
  • Leading Quality Management (25 GLH / 70 TUT)
  • Principles and Practices of Policy Development (20 GLH / 60 TUT)
  • Coaching Skills for Leaders (15 GLH / 70 TUT)
  • Principles and Practices of Ethical Decision Making (18 GLH / 60 TUT)

Frequently Asked Questions

With so many providers of Professional management training, choosing the right course can be a difficult decision. CMI and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) are both fantastic Institutes to study with, and students are often unsure which option is the best for them.

CMI specialise in General Management courses, designed to help improve your skills as a manager and improve or boost team performance. Students can tailor their CMI studies to meet their own training needs to ensure you get the most out of your studies.

Our highly trained course advisors are on hand to help you chose the right institute and course for your professional development aims.

CMI Qualifications are assessed by assignments. For each unit of study, students are required to produce an assignment that demonstrates their understanding of the unit topic. Assignments are marked by one of our Expert Tutors and you will receive detailed feedback on the work you have submitted.

There are no exams to be taken and assignments can be submitted as and when you have completed each unit making studying CMI with DLC Training a fantastic flexible learning option.

For many Management Professionals, being awarded Chartered status is the pinnacle of their Management career. We are often asked how to achieve Chartered Manager status. Firstly CMI are the only Professional body able to award Chartered Manager status. The quickest and most cost effective route to becoming Chartered is to study a CMI Qualification. Upon completion of a level 5 or level 7 CMI Qualification, students can apply for their status. Pairing your CMI Qualification with your Management experience is a great way to demonstrate your contribution to effective leadership. CMI will review your application before awarding you with ‘Chartered’ status. Our Expert Course advisors can provide you with expert guidance to help you decide the best way to study and earn the Chartered Manager status.

To ensure our courses are accessible to as many individuals as possible we provide a number of affordable payment options to our students. These options include payment in full, Interest free credit and Monthly instalments.

Talk to one of our course advisors to decide which payment option works best for your personal circumstances.

Here at DLC Training, we understand that once you have made the decision to study for a Professional Qualification you will be keen to begin your studies. That’s why we have made our enrolment process quick and easy.

As soon as you have completed your student enrolment you will receive your log in details for our learning platform. Here you will find all of the resources, guidance and tips you need to succeed with your studies.

Our student success rates are outstanding and we believe this is due to our unrivalled support packages. Every student studying with DLC Training has unlimited 1-2-1 access to our Industry expert Tutors, as well as the complete support of a student mentor who is on hand to offer advice and guidance throughout your distance learning journey.

Yes. As well as being accredited by an industry leading Institute, your course is also regulated and approved by Ofqual, the governing body for Qualifications in the UK. This means you can study any of DLC Trainings professional training courses safe in the knowledge that upon completion of your studies you will receive a certificate of your educational achievement which will be recognised globally.

We have partnered with the leading institutes to ensure we can support individuals working at every level of the career ladder to achieve their professional development aims. This means that we have progression routes available for all of our students. Why not talk to one of our expert course advisors to discuss the best route of progression for you?

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