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ILM Level 7 Diploma


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ILM Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Leadership & Executive Management (through Executive Coaching)

The ILM Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Leadership and Executive Management is ILM's most senior qualification. It provides practising and aspiring senior managers a wide range of topics for their formal development as leaders in their fields. It will help them gain a comprehensive knowledge of the knowledge and skills required to deliver results for themselves and their employers, customers and other key stakeholders. It is delivered through a unique blend of learning, centred on executive coaching, that is tailored to the needs of each student. It is a very demanding programme but the rewards can be very high.

The Programme

The programme is centred on a combination of executive coaching and work based learning. Students define a set of objectives designed to have a real impact on their workplace and develop these into a workbased learning project. The programme is then delivered through six themes, using a combination of coaching, set readings, individually defined CPD, online learning and reflective reviews. Students progress through the programme, supported by their coach, focusing on achieving high levels of impact for themselves and their organisation, by applying their learning to the workplace and evaluating the results.

Progression Rates

The Level 7 Diploma is a most prestigious qualification in its own right and is the Institute of Leadership and Management’s most senior award. It also provides students with 90 credits at Level 7. These credits, which are at post graduate level, can be used as a stepping stone into advanced entry into Masters level qualifications. The Academy of Leadership & Management has developed strong links with a number of Universities and can facilitate advanced entry to MSc and MBA qualifications, providing up to 50% exemption from the requirements of the Universities. For more details, contact us directly.

Course Structure/Layout

Level 7 Diploma in Strategic
Leadership and Executive Management
Credit Value 90 Credits
Duration Completion within one year
Attendance Method Blended delivery including executive coaching
Structure Induction
Ten themes:

  • Leadership in practice
  • Continuing professional development
  • Making informed decisions
  • Strategic context
  • Leading a project to achieve results
  • Making the most of change
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Optimising organisational capacity
  • Optional units (2 or 3)
Delivery includes:

  • Personal coaching via video conferencing or telephone
  • Online learning
  • Reading
  • Reflective reviews
  • Work based learning
  • Individually defined learning
  • Learner Management Support
Assessment Reflective review / assignments Reflective review / assignments
Costing £2600 (inc. VAT)
Entry Requirements There are no specific entry requirements but participants will normally be either practising or aspiring senior managers with the opportunity to meet the assessment demands. They will normally be expected to be able to demonstrate this through holding some form of leadership and / or qualification at level 5 or above.

Further Information


For information on any aspect of the programme or to make an application, contact 0845 890 2549 or email

What benefits might I expect from the programme

For you

  • Increased leadership and management skills that you can take with you into both your current situation and into new ones
  • The ability to critically reflect and evaluate complex theoretical and practical situations
  • The ability to deliver high levels of results

For your organisation

  • A more effective senior executive and leader
  • Tangible results from the activities and projects you deliver, both during and following on from the programme
  • More capacity to deliver its results across the organisation

For stakeholders

  • Achievement of their aims
  • Progression towards their visions
  • Accredited Prior Learning

This programme offers participants the opportunity to gain recognition, formal credit(s) and exemptions for learning acquired prior to enrolling. If you are awarded credit for prior learning you have the opportunity to complete the course sooner and also reduce the cost of your learning. For further details please contact us.

Funding Support

Funding support may be available, dependent upon:-

  • your location
  • the size of your employers’ business
  • your income (if you are self-funding)

For further advice, please contact one of our advisers on 0845 890 2549 or