Aims of the Diploma

  • Gain a recognised qualification from an internationally recognised awarding organisation.
  • Learn from a curriculum supported by the most recent content relevant to a contemporary business environment.
  • Develop new skills and knowledge that can be immediately applied.
  • Prepare for higher-level positions in management through personal and professional development as a leader who thrives in complex and globally diverse environments.
  • Have assessments marked and moderated by respected professionals with practical experience across a number of business sectors and management fields.
  • Be supported by a digital online platform and develop a personalised e-portfolio to improve the transparency and portability of the qualification.
  • Progress along a pathway to gain a higher level qualification.

Entry Criteria

• Level 6 Qualification or;
• First Degree or;
• Three years managerial work experience (evaluated on a case-by-case basis)
• A good command of English
Your existing educational qualifications and work experience will be directly taken into account, allowing for module exemptions whenever possible.
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Qualification Structure

The overall structure of the course is based on eight units that cover a number of topics relating to learning outcomes. Six units are mandatory with learners being able to choose two optional units from four. 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.

Formative assessments (weighted at 0%) may be used in lectures or tutorials to check knowledge and understanding of specific topics and subject areas.

Units require reflective exam sets and/or summative assessments for marking.

Mandatory Units

Unit

Reference

Mandatory Units

Level

TQT

Credit

GLH

702

Manage Team Performance to Support Strategy

7

150

15

60

704

Information Management and Strategic Decision Taking

7

150

15

60

705

Leading a Strategic Management Project

7

150

15

60

706

Strategic Direction

7

150

15

60

711

Strategic Planning

7

150

15

60

724

Development as a Strategic Manager

7

150

15

60

 

Optional Units

Unit

Reference

Optional Units

Level

TQT

Credit

GLH

703

Finance for Managers

7

150

15

60

708

Strategic Marketing

7

150

15

60

710

Organisational Change Strategies

7

150

15

60

712

Human Resource Planning

7

150

15

60

QUALIFI has exemptions for learners to progress to a number of universities to complete a master’s degree. This generally requires completion of a dissertation only.

The pathways are an indication of a learner’s progress towards a university degree and are based on the university’s review of QUALIFI’s learning programmes and outcomes. Further information is available here

Units, Credits and Total Qualification Time

The QUALIFI Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership is a Level 7 Qualification made up of 120 credits. All units are 15 credits in value. These units have been designed from a learning time perspective, and are expressed in terms of Total Qualification Time (TQT). TQT is an estimate of the total amount of time that could reasonably be expected to be required for a student to achieve and demonstrate the achievement of the level of attainment necessary for the award of a Qualification. TQT includes undertaking each of the activities of Guided Learning, Directed Learning and Invigilated Assessment. Each 15-credit unit approximates to a TQT of 150 hours incorporating 60 hours of Guided Learning. This equates to 1200 hours of TQT

Examples of activities which can contribute to Total Qualification Time include:

  • guided learning
  • independent and unsupervised research/learning
  • unsupervised compilation of a portfolio of work experience
  • unsupervised e-learning
  • unsupervised e-assessment
  • unsupervised coursework
  • watching a pre-recorded podcast or webinar
  • unsupervised work-based learning.

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are defined as the time when a tutor is present to give specific guidance towards the learning aim being studied on a programme. This definition includes lectures, tutorials and supervised study in, for example, open learning centres and learning workshops. Guided Learning includes any supervised assessment activity; this includes invigilated examination and observed assessment and observed work-based practice.

Some examples of activities which can contribute to Guided Learning include:

  • classroom-based learning supervised by a tutor
  • work-based learning supervised by a tutor
  • live webinar or telephone tutorial with a tutor in realtime
  • e-learning supervised by a tutor in realtime
  • all forms of assessment which take place under the immediate guidance or supervision of a tutor or other appropriate provider of education or training, including where the assessment is competence-based and may be turned into a learningopportunity.

Learning Outcomes of the Diploma

  • To understand and apply the principles of strategic leadership in a business environment.
  • Review and apply the principles of business management within industry.
  • To understand and apply the principles of strategic management in a specific environment.
  • To improve the employability of learners by allowing them to explore the relationship between management theories and their practical application in the business world.
  • Analyse problem-solving techniques specific to business and industry.
  • Select, collate, review and analyse information form a wide range of sources.
  • Work independently and as part of a team.
  • Manage one’s own personal development and growth.