CMI Level 7 DiplomaStrategic Management & Leadership Practice

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£76/month interest-free*

24 months


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  • Master advanced management skills and gain prestigious Chartered Manager status
  • Ideal if you're a current or aspiring senior manager or director
  • Learn at your own pace and set your own flexible schedule
  • Unlimited support from your expert tutor
  • Rated Excellent on Trustpilot from 10,000+ student reviews

Why is this course right for you?

The CMI Level 7 Diploma is ideal for senior managers and directors who want to master the wide-ranging skills they need to deliver lasting results.

Depending on your goals, you could learn how to manage people, projects, data, change, organisational strategy, or OD&D at the highest level, as well as developing your personal leadership skills – helping you achieve both professional and organisational success.

CMI-qualified managers do great things:

  • 90% say CMI improved their performance
  • 79% say CMI helped them improve their team’s performance
  • 80% say CMI resulted in increased professional recognition

Plus, after achieving your CMI Level 7 Diploma and gaining 3+ years of management experience, you'll be eligible for prestigious Chartered Manager status: the ultimate management accolade.

Course Details for CMI Level 7 Diploma

You don’t need any formal qualifications to study the CMI Level 7 Diploma, but you must be at least 19.

If English is your second language, we recommend you have an IELTS 6 or equivalent, but we're happy to review your case on an individual basis.

Before you enrol, we'll chat through your experience and goals to make sure this is the right course for you.

Your CMI Level 7 Diploma course is 100% online.

You'll have a variety of modules to choose from, letting you pick the topics that will be most valuable and relevant to your personal development.

You’ll choose which modules you want to study from the following options. Your choices must total at least 370 learning hours.

  • Strategic Leadership (110 hours)
  • Developing Organisational Strategy (90 hours)
  • Leading Strategic Change (80 hours)
  • Organisational Design and Development (80 hours)
  • Strategic Management of Data and Information (80 hours)
  • Strategic Management Project (100 hours) 
  • Personal and Professional Development for Strategic Leadership (90 hours)

For full details of what you'll learn on the course, download your CMI Level 7 Diploma course guide.

All your assessments for this course are 100% online and are in the form of written assignments.

You’ll complete one assignment for each module you study, and the assignment will be between 3500 and 4500 words.

You’ll submit your assignments through the Student Community, our online learning platform, and they’ll be marked by your personal CMI tutor.

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CMI student reviews

85X85 Dave Lamb

I've found studying with ICS Learn so convenient. I was able to work when and where I wanted but still received any support I need from tutors. They had timely, knowledgeable responses and were always willing to help.’
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85X85 Rosanna Waggitt

‘I struggled with working full-time and family life and balancing a night a week of study time [in a classroom], so I looked at online learning courses to help give me the flexibility to learn at my own pace with my own deadlines and I’ve never looked back!’
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‘I have had a fantastic experience studying with ICS Learn and I would like to encourage others to do the same. I feel incredibly supported by my online tutors who are only an email or phone call away.’
- Hollie Powell

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  • Get unlimited support from your expert CMI tutor
  • All our CMI tutors are experienced management professionals and lecturers
  • Our friendly student support team is always on hand for non-academic advice
  • Access a CV builder, interview simulator and 1000+ career resources through our Career Hub

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Our course advisors are here to help guide you and ensure that you choose the right course for you and your career journey. 

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CMI Management FAQs

We’re the UK’s most trusted online learning centre, rated Excellent from more than 10,000 independent student reviews.

For more than 130 years, our mission has been to make it easy for people to get the qualifications they need to build a career they're proud of.

We design our courses for real people living real lives. We know how difficult it can be to fit learning around a full-time job, caring for kids, and managing a busy schedule.

That's why our CMI Level 7 courses are completely flexible. You're in total control of where and when you learn, whether it's at home or the office, on your phone or on your laptop.

You can work through your modules at your own pace, taking breaks whenever you need them. There are no deadlines except the end of your support period, which we've calculated generously to give you lots of wiggle room for study breaks and busy periods.

You'll have unlimited tutor support throughout your course, so whenever you have a question - big or small - just send your tutor a message or arrange a phone call.

And when it comes to funding your course, we offer an interest-free* monthly payment plan that makes it simple and affordable.

That’s why every year, thousands of students like you advance their careers with us.

CMI Level 5 qualifications are designed for current or aspiring mid-level managers. They're ideal if you report to a senior manager or business owner.

You could study the comprehensive CMI Level 5 Diploma or the shorter CMI Level 5 Certificate

CMI Level 7 qualifications are designed for senior managers and directors. They're ideal if you have responsibility for strategically leading an organisation.

You could study the comprehensive CMI Level 7 Diploma or the shorter CMI Level 7 Certificate.

If you're looking to become a Chartered Manager, bear in mind that only CMI Diplomas will allow you to apply, not Certificates.

We offer leadership and management qualifications from two world-class awarding bodies, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM).

Both are highly prestigious, internationally recognised, and will give a huge boost to your skills and career – so how do you choose which one is right for you?

Firstly, it depends on where you are in your management career. We offer the following CMI and ILM qualifications:

If you’re a manager choosing between ILM and CMI, there are a few things to consider.

If you’re looking to become a Chartered Manager, then CMI is right for you. The CMI is the only professional body in the world that can bestow Chartered Manager status.

CMI qualifications are also ideal if you want to deep dive into professional leadership theory and practice. You’ll study fewer modules than on an ILM qualification, but you’ll cover each topic in greater depth.

CMI courses are highly strategic in focus, making them perfect if you want to develop your high-level strategic management knowledge.

ILM qualifications, on the other hand, are highly practical, focused on helping you apply your workforce management skills in real-life situations.

They’re great if you want to touch on a broader range of hands-on management topics, as the modules are shorter than CMI, allowing you to study more subjects in less depth.

Still not sure? Get in touch with our course advisors by email, phone, or online chat – we’ll be happy to help.

Right away! When you enrol, you’ll be able to log in to your course and get started within an hour.

There are no set start dates or schedules – everything is shaped around you.

As an ICS Learn CMI student, you'll always have a real person on hand to help you when you need it. From the moment you enrol, you'll have:

  • Unlimited support
  • Interactive online learning designed by leadership experts
  • 24/7 access to the Student Community, your all-in-one learning platform
  • Student forums to network and share advice with other learners
  • In-house student services team, so you’re never more than a message or phone call away from a helping hand

You'll also have unlimited lifetime access to our Career Hub, giving you thousands of resources to help you impress employers, master critical business skills, and build your dream career. It includes:

  • A CV and cover letter builder
  • An interview simulator
  • Career and work psychology assessments
  • In-depth industry and employer profiles
  • 350+ employer films with practical advice from hiring managers
  • 1000+ short courses, articles and videos on key career skills like negotiating a raise and leading a team

You can take a sneak peek at the Career Hub by signing up for free here.

If you’re funding the course yourself, our flexible 0% payment plans* allow you to spread the cost with interest-free monthly instalments. 

If your employer is funding all or part of your course, we can invoice them directly for your course fees – just let your course advisor know and we’ll arrange everything.

We also accept funding through ELCAS for this course. If you’re an Armed Forces member looking to use the Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme, speak to our course advisors for more details.

Get in touch with our CMI Advisors on 0333 920 8694.

They’ll talk through your experience, education and ambitions to make sure you’re choosing the right course, then get you enrolled with an interest-free* payment plan. You can also verify that your course is budget-friendly when you use our handy affordability calculator

If you have any disabilities which you think might affect your studies or assessments, please tell your Course Advisor before you enrol so we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

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* Any offer of credit is made by ICS and is subject to your status and eligibility.

† 99% pass rate based on 16,459 out of 16,685 assignments achieving a pass at the first or second attempt between Sept 2019 and Aug 2020.

‡ 96% of CMI graduates recommend studying a CMI qualification. Source: CMI.