Develops the theoretical knowledge and strategic skillset you need to excel in a leadership role.  The final year of a Bachelors degree is at the same level.

Advanced Project Management
Thaddeus Wechuli

Advanced Project Management

Projects are a constant feature of organisations and the need for effective project management is essential. Employers confirm that staff with  this type of practical knowledge and skills are consistently hard to recruit.

This unit will build on the fundamental principles covered in the Project Management (Level 4) unit and enable you to develop knowledge of the advanced principles, practices and techniques vital to the successful leadership and commercial management of complex projects.

This unit is assessed by exam.*

*Before 2020 it was assessed by assignment.

Strategic Stakeholder Relationships
Evans Onditi

Strategic Stakeholder Relationships

Business stakeholders include anyone who has in interest in what the organisation is doing or the outcomes of its activities. This unit will focus on relationships that have a strategic significance to the business, be they beneficial or potentially damaging. The difficulty about stakeholder management is that stakeholders have different agendas and in seeking to satisfy one group, you can alienate others.

This unit will take you through a step by step process that will enable you to identify, analyse and prioritise an organisation’s stakeholders from a strategic perspective, and then to plan, implement and review the engagement process in relation to a specific project. You will explore the concepts of power and influence, deploying a range of models and strategies including relationship management techniques, communications, personal leadership, influence and lobbying.

Assessed by assignment.


Business Ethics and Sustainability
Eric Amollo

Business Ethics and Sustainability

Business ethics are now fundamental in any industry and can demonstrate accountability to the people and environments impacted by an organisation’s actions.

This unit will develop your understanding of the role of ethics in business operations, including Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Responsible Management. You will examine the origins, theory and practice of these closely interconnected issues. You will consider the complexities facing international management when engaging with stakeholders from diverse cultures and examine ethics through the lens of a global business agenda alongside local cultural insight.

By the end of the unit you will be confident to discuss both practical and theoretical issues relating to ethics and the relationship between business and society in an international context. 

Assessed by exam.


Developing International Markets

Developing International Markets

The focus of this unit is international market development and it is designed to help you understand marketing practice from a global perspective. The unit will consider and assess a range of different market entry models and tactics, and the implications of increasing globalisation.

The unit will focus on evaluating the practical application of  marketing theories, by reviewing the strategies of real-life various multinational companies.

The unit will also examine the means by which corporate marketing strategies can be deployed in the search for sustainable competitive advantage. 

Assessed by exam.


Business Strategy and Decision-making

Business Strategy and Decision-making

The nature, leadership and culture of an organisation is part of what determines its strategic decision-making.

This unit focuses on the structure, process and scope of developing and evaluating appropriate business strategies in varied market contexts.

The nature of strategy and decision-making means that there is some commonality between this unit and others; the focus for this unit is the process and selection of a strategy rather than its execution.

Critical thinking and analysis will be a central component.  Modelling and scenario building skills will be developed to support strategic decision-making, laying the foundations for implementation. 

Assessed by exam.


Leading Strategic Change

Leading Strategic Change

This unit focuses upon the leadership principles required to bring an organisation and its stakeholders through strategic change. It explores key models and methodologies and their application within a business context. Understanding how these principles support a company’s vision, values and strategic direction is also covered by this unit.

Strategic organisational change will be looked at, firstly by examining an organisation’s current position in its market and environment and then by considering drivers for change and the impact of these changes.

Finally, the unit considers the skills required to lead change management, with a focus on ‘softer’, interpersonal skills. You will explore opportunities for developing these skills, explore your own current skill set and prepare and present a personal leadership development plan. 

Assessed by assignment.