Chartered Management Institute Management and Leadership (SCQF level 8) CMI Extended Diploma

What is special about this course?

The Chartered Management Institute Management and Leadership qualifications were developed to support the needs of middle managers and those aspiring to senior management.

These SCQF level 8 qualifications are designed for practising middle managers who wish to develop their core management skills and practices. You will have the opportunity to focus on your own management capabilities and competencies. 

The Management and Leadership qualifications are all available on a part-time flexible basis.

Special features

  • You will automatically be given student membership to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and access to their resources
  • You can study part time and online, allowing you to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments
  • You can study individual modules to suit your own learning needs. You can work torwards an Award, Certificate and the full Diploma by building up credits in a flexible way

Entry requirements

  • An SCQF level 6 qualification or equivalent eg Scottish Highers
  • Alternatively, relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis

Year 1 - Award

The SCQF level 8 Award lets you strengthen and develop your knowledge of middle management by focusing on specific management areas that are applicable to your job.  You can tailor content of this course, and topics may include:

  • Personal development
  • Managing information
  • Recruitment and selection

Year 2 - Certificate

A more extensive qualification, the level 8 Certificate gives you a broader knowledge of middle management skills while focusing on the specific leadership areas appropriate to you and your workplace. Topics may include:

  • Performance management
  • Resource management
  • Quality procedures

Year 3 - Diploma

With a more comprehensive structure, the level 8 Diploma gives you the key skills and competencies you will need to become an effective middle manager.  A Diploma in Management and Leadership is the benchmark qualification for full CMI membership, taking you another step towards Chartered Manager status.

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

As your course was designed to be fully online and has run successfully for the last few years in this way, we can confirm that there will be no change to how the course will be delivered next year. You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have an online induction at the start of the course. Opportunities to attend optional face-to-face workshops will be planned in line with Scottish Government guidance. For those who live near a campus, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all staff and students.
  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will have a tailored study plan prepared for you and the opportunity to attend face-to-face workshops (subject to numbers)
  • The flexibility of this mode of study will enable you to fit your course and your professional development around your business needs

How long will my course last?

Information below gives an indication of length of study, however we will build a study plan with you to meet your own needs.

  • Award: 2 months
  • Certificate: 4 months
  • Diploma: 12 months (additional 6-9 months if you have already completed the Certificate)

Where can I study my course?

  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September
  • January
  • Variable start dates throughout the year. For information on other start dates, and how to apply for them, please contact the campus you wish to study with


Fees are currently under review.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

You may be eligible for a part-time grant fee of £500 from SAAS or £200 from ILA. More details on these funding options.

You may also want to contact your employer or local authority for possible funding options.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The Award, Certificate and Diploma in Management and Leadership are widely-recognised professional management qualifications and may lead to opportunities within any sector.

Can I progress into further study?

There are opportunities to progress within this level from Award to Certificate to Diploma.  Additionally, students may complete a bridging unit and progress to the SCQF Level 11 Strategic Management and Leadership qualifications.

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