CMI - Level 7 - Strategic Management & Leadership Studies
Why choose an Institute qualification?
The CMI is the only Chartered professional body dedicated to management and leadership. You can therefore expect to receive the greatest possible value from our qualifications:
* Increase your career options – our generic management qualifications provide the ultimate in portability across function and sector
* Enhance your professional status – not just through the qualification, but through membership en route to Chartered Manager status
…..all underpinned by our unrivalled reputation for quality, support and customer service, delivered by the institute’s dedicated Centres, verifiers and staff.
Who are these qualifications for?
The Level 7 qualifications in Strategic Management and Leadership are designed for managers who have the authority and personal inspiration to translate organisational strategy into effective operational performance.
What are the entry requirements?
There are no specific entry requirements for these qualifications. However, you are likely to have several years middle to senior management experience. If you are in any doubt about which is the right level of qualification for you, please discuss your ideas and needs with the Programme Director of Aquarius Training & Development Partners.
Flexible qualification structure.
The Level 7 qualifications in Strategic Management and Leadership offer a highly flexible approach to learning. They allow the freedom and choice to select from the broad range of units available, allowing employers and individuals to tailor the size and elements of the qualifications to suit their specific needs.
Level 7 – Award in Strategic Management & Leadership
The Level 7 Award in Management & leadership is a concise qualification, which enables you to strengthen your existing management and leadership skills and enhance your knowledge of the various roles and responsibilities of the strategic manager. Through focusing on specific strategic management and leadership areas, you are able to tailor the Award to suit both your personal and organisational development.
To achieve the CMI Award in Strategic Management & Leadership, you need to complete at least one unit with a minimum value of 6 credits.
Level 7 – Certificate in Strategic Management & Leadership
The Level 7 Certificate in Management & Leadership is a more extensive qualification, enabling you to further broaden and develop your strategic management and leadership knowledge and skills , whilst still maintaining the flexibility to focus on the specific management areas appropriate to you and your workplace.
To achieve the CMI Certificate in Strategic Management & Leadership, you need to complete any combination of units to achieve a minimum of 13 credits.
Level 7 - Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership
The Level 7 - Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership provides you with the key strategic management skills to enable you to perform effectively as a senior manager enabling you to focus upon the requirements of the organisation's strategy.
To achieve the CMI Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership, you will need to complete 5 units of study to achieve a minimum of 39 units of credit.
Level 7 – Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership
The Level 7 - Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership is a comprehensive qualification, providing you with the key strategic management skills to enable you to perform effectively as a senior manager, enhancing your ability to focus on the requirements of implementing the organisation’s strategy. Through completing this qualification you will develop a wide range of competencies from successful organisational direction and change through to the effective development, implementation and review of strategic plans.
To achieve the CMI Extended Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership, you need to complete Units 7001V1, 7002V1, 7003V1, 7004V1, 7005V1 and 7006V1 plus at least three other units to achieve a minimum of 66 credits.
How long will it take?
The time taken to complete the qualification will depend upon the units chosen and the delivery times and methods adopted by your chosen Centre. However as a guide:
* The Award can take as little as 6 - 8 weeks
* The certificate can take between 2 - 4 months
* The Diploma can take between 6 to 12 months, whilst the Extended Diploma could take upto 18 months
Units available to study at Level 7 include:
Personal development as a strategic manager (Unit code 7001V1 – Credit value 6)
You will learn how to identify and achieve strategic ambitions by constructing, reviewing and evaluating a personal development plan to become a strategic leader and to take into account Health & Safety responsibilities on an individual and corporate level.
Developing performance management strategies (Unit code 7002V1 – Credit value 7)
You will learn how to set strategic individual and team objectives to measure performance and use influencing skills to gain commitment from individuals to a course of action.
Financial management (Unit code 7003 V1– Credit value 7)
You will learn about analysis of financial data, accounting conventions and the principles of management accounting in order to make informed decisions on expenditure to ensure sustainability.
Strategic information management (Unit code 7004V1 – Credit value 9)
You will learn about decision-making methods, tools and techniques in order to use information available to make informed strategic decisions and to evaluate and develop capture systems within the organisation.
Conducting a strategic management project (Unit code 7005V1 – Credit value 10)
You will learn research methodology and apply it to a strategic investigative project, draw conclusion, make recommendations and evaluate the impact of the project.
Reviewing organisational strategy plans and performance (Unit code 7006V1 – Credit value 9)
You will learn how to use a range of methods and techniques to analyse, audit and review the aims and objectives within the organisation’s strategic plan and determine alternative options to support a revised strategic position.
Financial planning (Unit code 7007V1 – Credit value 6)
You will learn how to construct a financial plan which will support the strategic objectives of the organisation and how to promote, review and evaluate it .
Developing a marketing strategy (Unit code 7008V1 – Credit value 6)
You will learn about the construction of marketing plans and how to use them to promote and support strategic objectives and measure the effectiveness of the plan against them.
Strategic project management (Unit code 7009V1 – Credit value 6)
You will learn methods and techniques to design a project plan and the various steps involved in its construction, the impact it can have on organisational objectives and the role stakeholder support can have on its implementation and operations .
Implementing organisational change strategies (Unit code 7010V1 – Credit value 7)
You will learn methods, tools and techniques to support you in identifying, developing and implementing a change strategy, to minimise adverse effects and how to review and analyse its impact.
Strategic Planning (Unit code 7011V1 – Credit value 9)
You will learn how to produce and implement a plan which will reflect strategic direction, analyse the purpose of a strategic plan and monitor it, and additionally assess how the impact of stakeholder expectations may affect the plan.
Strategic Human Resource Planning (Unit code 7012V1 – Credit value 8)
You will learn about how to ensure that HR planning supports strategic objectives, what the legal implications are of employing staff from recruitment through to dismissal, and what role external agencies can have in this.
Strategic Leadership (Unit code 7013 – Credit value 7)
You will learn about ethical and value-based approaches to leadership, different styles of strategic leadership and how to gain organisational buy-in through strategic leadership.
Strategic Leadership Practice (Unit Code 7014V1 - Credit Value 7)
You will learn about the links between strategic management and leadership, key leadership principles, theory and organisational strategy.
Introduction to Strategic Management & Leadership (Unit Code 7021V1 - Credit Value 10)
You will learn about the foundation skills and knowledge of a Strategic amanger and leader. (For those new to the role.)
Developing Risk Management Strategies (Unit Code 7022V1 - Credit Value 9)
You will learn about developing an organisational risk management strategy, communicating and resourceing risk management strategies and, evaluating outcomes.
Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility (Unit Code 7023V1 - Credit Value)
You will learn about developing an organisational Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, aligning this with business objectives, implementing the strategy, measuring outcomes and reinforcing the Corporate Social Responsibility strategy.
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June 2016 - CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership.
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