9 Sep 2024

Study mode

Part Time


Framwellgate Moor Campus


2 Years


Level 7

Awarding body


Course code


Fee Information

Standard Fees of £4000.00 for the first year

Please note, these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college, please see Fees and funding for more information.

Student Finance

All fees are payable (no fee remission/reduction applies). However, eligible students can apply to Student Finance England for a student loan, which could cover both tuition fees and living costs. Student Finance England can be contacted directly Student Finance England or call 0300 100 0607.

Course details may be subject to change.

This two year qualification is ideal for Professional Strategic Leaders in the private, public or third sector, such as Senior Leader, Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Information Officer or Head of Department/Faculty.

The course is run on an evening and has various start dates across the academic year. For more information, please contact Admissions on Live Chat.

This professional qualification is mapped against the CMI Level 7 Diploma. On successful completion of all units and assessment criteria, you are able to gain a CMI Level 7 Diploma.

You will be registered as a student member of CMI. At the end of the programme you may wish to upgrade your membership to Chartered Manager.

Entry Criteria

You will hold a degree in a relevant subject.

Ideally, you will hold Level 2 maths and English.

What are the next steps?

You will attend an informal interview at the College with a member of the course team. Please bring your certificates for all relevant qualifications to your interview.

On arrival please report to the NCD University Centre reception.

Study Aims

This Level 7 programme aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of leadership from a strategic perspective considering the internal and external factors that influence strategic leadership and management within organisations.

You will gain up-to-date knowledge of organisational theory and behaviour, and you will review organisational strategy in line with innovation, financial planning and organisational change.

This professional qualification is mapped against the CMI Level 7 Diploma. On successful completion of all units and assessment criteria, you are able to gain a CMI Level 7 Diploma.

Modules Studied

Topics typically studied include the following:

Year 1:

  • Personal Leadership Development as a Strategic Manager
  • Implementing Organisational Change Strategies
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Developing Performance Management
  • Strategies
  • Strategic Human Resource Planning
  • Strategic Financial Planning

Year 2:

  • Research Methods
  • Innovation, Enterprise and Risk
  • Dissertation

Please note: modules are subject to change by the course team.

Teaching and Assessment

Tutorials are provided by the Course Tutor to help you with your assessments.

Each unit is allocated a number of weeks over the programme. Each unit has an assessment which has been designed by the course team and validated by the Open University.

Sessions are engaging and include both taught theory and seminar activities. The sessions aim to develop your knowledge and practice of being a Strategic Leader by using an interactive approach. This means you will be given the opportunity to apply the theory to practice.

Industry Links

We have industry links with ACAS and CMI. We also have links with working professionals and relevant organisations who may deliver guest speaker slots throughout the programme.

Where can it take me?