Pearson Diploma in Strategic Management & Leadership

QCF Level 7

These level 7 qualifications are designed to help managers to acquire strategic management and leadership skills. There are several different qualifications within this suite, ranging from the Award containing one unit (Developing Strategic Management and Leadership Skills), to the Extended Diploma at 120 credits.

These programmes are at level 7 and could provide a pathway to a Masters Degree.

  • Minimum age 19 years
  • Applicants would ideally have an appropriate qualification at level 5 or significant prior experience at management level
  • IELTS 5.5 (5.5 in all skill areas) or equivalent

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

  • Understand the features of successful business teams
  • Be able to support team development
  • Be able to monitor the performance of teams
Unit/ Module Award Certificate Diploma Extended Diploma Key learning outcomes
Developing Strategic Management and Leadership skills
  • Understand the relationship between strategic management and leadership
  • Be able to supply management and leadership theory to support organisational direction
  • Be able to assess leadership requirements
  • Be able to pan the development of leadership skills
Professional Development for Senior Managers    
  • Be able to assess personal and professional skills required to achieve strategic goals
  • Be able to conduct a skills audit to identify learning style
  • Be able to implement a personal development plan
Strategic Change Management  
  • Understand the background to organisational strategic change
  • Understand issues relating to strategic change in an organisation
  • Be able to lead stakeholders in developing a strategy for change
  • Be able to plan to implement models for ensuring ongoing change
Developing corporate culture    
  • Understand how the characteristics of corporate culture affect the achievement of organisational objectives
  • Be able to propose organisational values that will influence corporate climate
  • Be able to develop strategies to communicate with stakeholders of an organisation who belong to different cultural groups
Creative and innovative management      
  • Understand the importance of creative and innovative management in organisations
  • Be able to support creative and innovative management processes for an organisation
  • Be able to influence others to effect change in an organisation
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 marketingenvironment
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
Developing Successful business teams      
Project Development and Implementation for Strategic Managers      
  • Be able to develop a project specification
  • Be able to plan for the launch of a project to implement a new product, service or process
  • Be able to implement a project
  • Be able to evaluate the outcomes of a project
  • Be able to present the outcomes 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.


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.

Assessment and Verification Policy
Assignment Submission Policy

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.