Level 8 in Strategic Direction and Leadership RQF

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 Level 8 Award in Strategic Direction and Leadership (RQF) is a concise qualification that allows you to strengthen your existing management and leadership skills and enhance your knowledge of the various roles and responsibilities of a strategic manager.


The Certificate builds and broadens on the skills and knowledge gained in the award, further developing your strategic management and leadership skills for application in the work place.


The Diploma is a comprehensive qualification providing you with all the key strategic management skills necessary to implement organisational strategy and drive change.

Typical units:

Personal development as a strategic leader

Collective strategic development

Inter-organisational strategic planning

Inter-organisational strategic direction

Strategic leadership practices

Strategic culture

Entry Requirements

These qualifications can be offered to Learners from age 19.

All Learners must hold a Level 7 or equivalent qualification and must hold/have held a position at senior management level for a minimum of three years.


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

On successful completion of a Level 8 qualification 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 (e.g. from Level 8 Award to Level 8 Certificate etc.)
  • Progress to higher education or other professional qualifications
  • Apply to become a Chartered Manager 

Information Documents

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