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Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership

Level 7 Diploma Course Overview

NVQ Diploma Level 7 in Management

The Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership is a qualification aimed at senior managers and directors.  Their work activiites are strategic and they are responsible for the control of activities and work output of other managers, who have the opportunity and the ability to demonstrate recognisable leadership and management skills, for example improving performance within the organisation, providing leadership, facilitate innovation, developing a strategic business plan, managing risk, workforce planning and project management.

Diploma Course Structure

This is a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) and as such requires that the candidate provies a written account of their work and responsibilities and provide documentary evidence to support this.

To gain this Level 7 Diploma qualification, you must achieve a minimum of 45 credits.  You must complete the 3 mandatory units, amounting to 16 credits, and a choice of optional units with a minimum total of 29 credits. The mandatory and some of the optional units for this qualification are detailed below.

Additional optional units are available upon request.

The Level 7 Strategic Management and Leadership programme may give credit towards an MBA (Master of Business Administration Degree) at the discretion of the awarding University.’ 

Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership

Mandatory Diploma Units

Level 7 Diploma Mandatory course units

  • Develop a strategic business plan
  • Execute a strategic business plan
  • Provide strategic leadership and direction

Optional Diploma Units

Level 7 Diploma Optional course units

  • Develop a business strategy
  • Manage strategic human resources
  • Design  business processes
  • Establish business risk processes
  • Obtain financial resources
  • Shape organisational culture and values

Diploma Course Duration

3 – 24 Months (Average completion time is 7 – 9 months)

Entry Requirements

There are no formal requirements but candidates need to be an experienced, practicing senior manager whose activities are strategic.

A personal skill scan conducted by our assessment team, will ensure that your current job role lends itself to the demands of the National Standards at the preferred level.

Cheryl Watson



Cheryl Watson
Management Assessor


This Level 7 Diploma qualification is competence-based. This means that it is linked to a person’s ability to competently perform a range of tasks connected with their work.

Assessment is by production of a professional portfolio which comprises of a number of ILM approved units. These are matched to the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and are greatly simplified by our online e-learning platform. The candidate submits these electronically to their designated Assessor/Tutor for assessment and subsequent feedback.


Upon being registered with ILM for the Diploma level 7, candidates have free membership to ILM for the duration of their study which includes access to various on-line resources to assist with their studies.

On successful completion of the Diploma candidates are encouraged to join ILM and upgrade their membership.

Institute of Leadership and Management (Upon application).
Chartered Management Institute (Upon application)


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