Level 8 in Strategic Direction & Leadership

Course Description


The Diploma is a comprehensive qualification providing you with all the key strategic management skills necessary to implement organisational strategy and drive change. Designed for directors and senior managers who have the responsibility for developing and implementing effective ethical and collective strategies across their organisation and that have the authority across organisations and personal inspiration to translate organisational strategy into effective performance. The qualifications require directors and senior managers to build on their skills in strategic direction and leadership and to focus on the requirements of inter-organisational strategy.


The Qualifications have developed the learner’s ability to:
    • Understanding direction and leadership practice within an organisational context
    • Tactfully thinking that will contribute towards their direction and leadership skills
    • Develop in-depth understanding in a strategic level
    • Identify the varies different responsibilities required in a strategic leadership role

Entry Requirements

The qualification can be offered to Learners from age 18. The Learners need to ensure that they have sufficient capability at the right level to undertake the learning and assessment.

The Qualifications have been designed to be accessible without artificial barriers that restrict access and progression:
    • IELTS minimum 5.0-6.5 overall with no fail.
    • Minimum 3A Levels or equivalent qualification.
    • Pass 5 GCSE subjects
We consider applicants:
    • Who have demonstrated some ability and possess Qualifications at Level 3, for example ‘A’ Levels or vocational awards.
    • Who have spent some time in an organisational role and wish to develop their careers further.
    • With professional experience looking to change careers through work-based learning.


Assessment will take place via practical work-based assignments provided by your Approved Centre.  This ensures you minimise time away from work and that you undertake work study which is relevant to your own organisation’s context.

Module Structure

    • Personal development as a strategic leader
    • Collective strategic development
    • Inter-organisational strategic planning
    • Inter-organisational strategic direction
    • Strategic leadership practices
    • Strategic culture


On successful completion of the Level 8 in Strategic direction and leadership a number of progression opportunities become available:

    • Enhance your professional status by upgrading your CMI Membership
    • Progress to other qualifications at the same level
    • Progress to other qualifications at the next level

Work-Based Learning Opportunities

Below are examples of potential career opportunities you could explore:
    • Senior manager
    • Regional manager
    • Director
    • CEO
    • Specialist Manager