Level 8 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership

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This Level 8 Diploma is designed for developing and implementing effective strategies across ambitious growing organisations. Strategic management is for Executive Directors and Senior Managers and for those who have the authority and personal inspiration to translate organisational strategy into effective corporate performance.
The Diploma requires aspiring or current directors and senior managers to build a knowl edge and understanding in strategic direction and leadership and to focus growth and performance across all levels of an organisation; making it competitive and responsive to acquiring tomorrow’s business.

Entry requirements

The Qualification has been designed to be accessible without artificial barriers that restrict access and progression. Entry to the Qualifications will be through centre interview and the candidates will be expected to hold the following
Level 7 Qualification or;
Master’s Degree
In certain circumstances, managers with considerable experience but no formal Qualifications may be considered, subject to interview and being able to demonstrate their ability to cope with the demands of the programme.
In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6 (or equivalent) is required. International Qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes. The applicants are normally required to produce two supporting references, at least one of which should preferably be Academic.

Qualification Structure

The QUALIFI Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership is a Level 8 Qualification. All 8 units are each 15 credits in value. The overall structure of the course is based on 8 modules that cover a number of topics relating to learning outcomes. All modules are mandatory. Each unit has the equivalency of 15 credits.
Learners will be invited to attend lectures and workshops that will introduce the subject matter. Learners must complete all units successfully and achieve 120 credits before the Diploma can be issued. 

  • Leadership Qualities and Practice (15 Credits): The unit explores the links between leadership and management at the strategic level. Different leadership styles and underlying principles and concepts will be considered. The unit will explore how team performance can be evaluated and optimised to realize strategic business and operational objectives. The unit covers the links between strategic management and leadership, key leadership principles, theory and organisational strategy.

  • Personal Leadership Development as a Strategic Manager (15 Credits): This unit is about strategic leadership skills required by directors and senior managers to successfully lead international organisational strategic activity working with partners’ buyers, suppliers, customers and competitors.

  • Strategy Development in Cross Border and Global Organisations (15 Credits): This unit addresses strategy development for cross border or global organisations that face challenges that include political, religious, cultural and social divides and the administrations of organisations operating within particular countries or boundaries.

  • Strategic Planning in Cross Border and Global Organisations (15 Credits): The unit examines the range of influences and impacts on cross border or global organisations and how that contributes to successful strategy formulation and the management of risk.

  • Strategic Direction in Cross Border and Global Organisations (15 Credits): This unit will allow senior strategic managers to explore the influences and impacts upon cross border and global policy and strategy. It will support improvements in setting direction, the approach to and in forecasting success of cross border or global policy and strategy.

  • Strategic Communication (15 Credits): The unit aims to develop the ability to critically assess and appreciate the impact of media for international organisations. It considers stakeholders, political and pressure groups as well as the part played by media owners.

  • Culture and its Impact on Strategy  (15 Credits): This unit aims to develop deep understanding of the complexities of organisations that operate internationally and how that affects strategy development. The unit will use reasoned and researched perspectives and aims to develop alternative perspectives.

  • Research Methods (15 Credits): The aim of the unit is to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of academic practice and approaches to research. It utilises a problem‐based learning approach to develop your practical competence in aspects appropriate to academic practice and research in business and management

Duration and Delivery

This Qualification is designed to be delivered over one academic year for full-time study but it is also flixible in it's delivery in order to accommodate part-time distance learning. 

The qualification is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars and online by approved ventres only. 

Assessment and Verification 

All units include summative assessments. Assignments are handed out by course tutors and marked in line with the marking processes.
Assessment is varied and may include; written reports, business plans, change management plans, presentations, group work, viva, a worked-based project and personal development plan.

The tutors will also act as assessors. This will contribute to the verification of the student submitting their own work and will act against cheating or plagiarism as the student will be known.


Discussions about academic progression through the course should normally take place 3 months before the end of the Qualification. It is an opportunity for learners to make plans for further study over the next academic year and to identify progression to the University for a final year.