Continuing Professional Development Strategic Leaders Programme (ILM level 7)

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
Eight months
Course Director
Inge Aben and Dr RIchard Longman

Page last updated 18 March 2022


This programme carries dual accreditation from UWE Bristol and the ILM.

At Bristol Business School, our portfolio of Open Programmes offers you and your business a flexible learning solution.  We have a range of programmes covering a wide range of topics, including Finance, Strategy, Marketing, Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring, Innovation, and Design Thinking, among many others.  Our programmes are delivered by experienced academics and practitioners, who combine cutting-edge thinking with a practical, real-world focus, ensuring our programmes meet professional and industry needs.

This Level 7 vocational qualification is designed for senior managers and leaders seeking to develop themselves as professionals, who recognise they must satisfy various stakeholders and who want to invest in their own personal approach. Delivered fully online, this route gives you the flexibility to study from any location.

Several of the programmes in our Open Programme portfolio can also be taken as part of a full programme qualification.  For example, successful completion of the Strategic Leaders Programme (ILM Level 7), enables you to achieve 30 credits towards the attainment of a PG Certificate in Leadership and Management. 

To obtain the full PG Certificate in Leadership and Management, you will also need to attend and complete the assessment for Leading Change Programme (15 credits) and the Personal Mastery in Leadership (15 credits).  The latter also provides you with an ILM Level 7 qualification.



The programme consists of an introduction to ILM as an organisation and to the ILM level 7 Leadership and Management qualification and academic study, followed by a series of one day or half day workshops held on approximately every three weeks, on the following principles:

  • Enquiry-based approach, shift from 'knowing' to knowing how to find out'
  • The learner adopts an evidence based approach, knows about data
  • 'Robust, evidence based investigation' which can be defined as 'rigorous and action centred enquiry'
  • 'The Level 7 thinking' must be put into practice
  • The context, the current work situation, of the learning determines the nature of the learning, what is and how it is found out, how it is applied, and how both the finding out and the impact are evidenced

For further details about each of the sessions and the assignments please see our programme brochure.

On successful completion of your assignment, you will be awarded the ILM Level 7 Certificate in Leadership and Management and our 30 credits postgraduate module Evidencing Work-Based Learning in Leadership and Change module.

Learning and Teaching

How is the programme delivered?

This programme is delivered via online learning through our online learning platform, meaning you can attend and study from anywhere in the world!

To be able to fully participate in our programme, you will need to be comfortable with using the Internet and searching for information online. Session materials are presented through a number of sources including Microsoft Word, Power Point, pdf and online tools and workbooks to aid self-reflection and peer discussion, designed to support you further through your programme learning. You will also have full access to our online library resources, study skills support sessions, and librarian chat function.

This open programme has practical online development days designed to give you an opportunity to look, analyse and discuss with our tutors and your peers the subject area and explore possible approaches and tools and techniques available to use.


This qualification is accredited by UWE Bristol and the ILM.


Study facilities

IT requirements

This programme is delivered fully online. To ensure you can participate fully in the session and programme materials, please see the following required computer specifications:

Operating system: Windows 7+, Mac OS 10.9

Web browser: Google Chrome is the optimal browser. However other browsers such as Firefox, safari and Microsoft Edge are also compatible.

Required Plugins: Adobe Flash Player

Additional requirements:

  • 256 MB RAM
  • 20 MB free disk space
  • Internet Access - 28.8 kbps speed or above (Broadband connection highly recommended). Slower internet connections may cause issues with audio and video.
  • Soundcard with microphone and headphones (A headset with microphone/headphones is highly recommended)
  • Webcam

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Programme dates

Cohort datesTimeLocation

Introduction - Thursday 28 October 2021

Session 1 - Thursday 4 November 2021

Session 2 - Thursday 25 November 2021

Session 3 - Thursday 16 December 2021

Session 4 - Thursday 20 January 2022

Session 5 - Thursday 10 February 2022

Session 6 - Thursday 10 March 2022

Session 7 - Friday 11 March 2022

Assessment presentations - *W/C 28 March 2022

Session 8 - Thursday 28 April 2022

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*your confirmed date and time will be set with the tutor during the programme.

Programme fees

Please see the table below for current fees and discounts available. All prices are VAT exempt.

Discounts cannot be used in conjunction with each other. The greatest discount available will be applied at your booking confirmation.

CohortNovember 2021
Full Fee£2225
Payment deadline21 October 2021
Early Bird Discount£2002
Payment deadline23 September 2021
UWE Alumni Discount£1891
Payment deadline21 October 2021
UWE Staff Discount£1891
Payment deadline21 October 2021
Course Connect Partner£1780
Payment deadline21 October 2021

How to apply

How to apply

To make a full or provisional booking for this programme, please complete the relevant online booking form below:

November 2021Booking now closedEnquire about future courses

For further information

  • Email: Please contact us through the online enquiry form.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 81598