Pearson Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership

QCF Level 7

With a track record built on over 40 years of learner success, the Pearson BTEC qualifications are recognised by governments, industry and higher education.

The BTEC Level 7 Professional qualifications in Strategic Management and Leadership are designed to provide focused and specialist vocational courses, linked to professional body requirements and National Occupational Standards where appropriate, with a clear work emphasis.  There is a strong emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding of the sector:

The qualifications are designed to help learners progress into strategic leadership and management roles within their organisations.  There is also the opportunity to progress to Masters Degrees such as an MBA.

Learners on the Level 7 programmes will:

  • Engage in learning that is relevant to them and which provides them with the opportunity to develop a range of skills, techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.
  • Have opportunities to develop skills that support career and professional development
  • Be able to progress to employment in a particular vocational sector or to higher levels of study
  • Achieve a nationally recognised level 7 professional qualification

  • Minimum age 19 years
  • Applicants would ideally have an appropriate qualification at level 5 or significant prior experience at management level or are currently working within an organisation at a Strategic Management Level:
  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent

The following are the modules (units) within the different sized programmes on offer.

Certificate: Learners undertake one mandatory unit only
Diploma: Learners undertake two mandatory units plus one optional unit
Extended Diploma: Learners undertake three mandatory units plus three optional units

(M = Mandatory, O = optional)

  • Understand the features of successful business teams
  • Be able to support team development
  • Be able to monitor the performance of teams
Unit/ Module Certificate Diploma Extended Diploma Key learning outcomes
Developing Strategic Management and Leadership skills M M M

Understand the concept of strategic management and leadership

-Understand strategic leadership and management in practice

-Understand the role of strategic leadership and management in delivering organisational change

-Be able to review an develop own skills and behaviours as a strategic leader and manager

Strategic Change Management   M M

-Understand the concept of strategic change management in an organisational context

-Understand different perspectives on change

-Prepare change management strategy in a given organisational context

-Be able to design a change management strategy

Research methods   O M

-Understand how to prepare a research proposal

-Understand the principles of research methodology

-Understand how to select material from the outcome of research activities

-Understand how to present the findings of a research project

Strategic Human Resource Management   O O

-Understand strategic issues in human resource management (HRM)

-Understand strategic HRM in practice

-Understand the role of strategic HRM in delivering organisational strategies

-Be able to review an organisation’s management of it’s human resources


Strategic Management of Quality and Operations   O O

-Understand current theories, concepts and models that apply to the field of quality and operations management

-Understand quality management planning and processes from a strategic perspective

-Understand strategic operations management

-Be able to review the strategic management of quality and operations


Strategic Marketing management  

-Understand the principles of strategic marketing management

-Understand the tools used to develop a strategic marketing strategy

-Be able to use strategic marketing techniques

-Be able to respond to changes in the marketing environment

Managing Corporate responsibility in the Wider Business Environment  

-Understand the wider implications and effects of global integration on organisations

-Understand the importance of responsible corporate governance in organisations

-Understand the effects of environmental legislation, directives and guidance on organisations

-Understand the socio-cultural, ethical and moral issues that affect organisations in the current economic environment

Strategic Human Resource Management

-Understand how the strategic management of human resources contributes to the achievement of organisational objectives

-Be able to develop human resource plans for an organisation

-Understand human resources policy requirements in an organisation

-Be able to examine human resources management in an organisation

Strategic Planning    

-Understand the external environment affecting an organisation

-Be able to review existing business plans and strategies of an organisation

-Be able to develop options for strategic planning for an organisation

-Be able to construct a strategy plan for an organisation

Managing Financial Principles and Techniques    

-Be able to apply cost concepts to the decision-making process

-Be able to apply forecasting techniques to obtain information for decision making

-Be able to participate in the budgetary process of an organisation

-Be able to recommend cost reduction and management processes for an organisation

The role of organisational culture and communication in delivery of an organisation’s strategy   O O

-Understand theories, concepts and models that apply to the fields of strategic communication and organisational culture

-Understand strategic communication in practice

-Understand factors that influence organisational culture

-Be able to review an organisation’s approach to organisational culture and its strategic communication

Strategic Supply Chain Management   O O

-Understand contexts and key principles of supply chain management

-Understand how to strategically manage a supply chain

-Understand the role of technology in supply chains

-Understand the supply chain of the future

-Be able to review an organisation’s management of its supply chain

Project Management: The Strategic Perspective   O O

-Understand current theories, concepts and models that apply to the field of project management

-Understand project governance and management

-Understand project leadership and management

-Understand project planning and control

-Be able to review the implementation of a project


When you begin your qualification your Programme Leader will take you through all aspects of your timetable, and of the requirements of IBCM and the awarding body, Pearson. You will be given an induction to the college and the local area and into the specifics of the qualification including understanding the structure of the programme, the terminology and how assessment and internal quality assurance take place. You will be issued with a range of useful policies and procedures and will have a one to one interview to ensure we can tailor our support to your own individual needs.

For each module you will be issued with information as to the detailed requirements to pass the module, along with a suggested reading list. You will be issued with assessment plans which will show you the dates for all issue and submission of assignments for each unit.


To achieve each module you will have to demonstrate competence in each of the relevant learning outcomes identified above. Assessment may take the form of a completed written assignment or report, a project, or a presentation (or combination of any of the above). Some group work may take place, although you will always be assessed on an individual basis.

You will be assessed against the required Learning outcomes for each module. All assessments go through our own Internal Quality Assurance process to ensure that they meet the highest possible standards and give you every opportunity to achieve (see IBCM Assessment and Verification Policy)

All of our assessment and internal quality procedures are regularly monitored and an Assessment Board will be held at the end of each term to verify all decisions made as well as to investigate any issues of concern.

Should you not meet the learning outcomes on your first submission, you will be given one opportunity for a resubmission. If, at the resubmission, you still do not meet the required outcomes, one opportunity to retake the unit can be authorised. If a unit is still not passed at this stage it is deemed to have failed. Your assessor will discuss the options with you, such as an alternative unit in the case of optional units, or whether you are able to study the core module again (repeat). See IBCM Assignment submission procedure. Full attendance at lessons for the repeated module is required along with appropriate payment.

Awarding Body:

  • Pearson


  • Dependent upon the qualification chosen

Start dates:

  • To be tailored to individual requirements


  • For details of fees, please refer to separate price list.