Diploma in Strategic Planning


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Diploma in Strategic Planning

Why Oxford Learning College


For this course you do not need to have a background in strategic planning, you may just have an interest. You may have recognised that you are a part of a business and for some reason you want to develop, grow or maintain that business. This Quality Assured Level 3 Diploma course looks at providing the theory and concepts towards the journey of Business Strategic Planning. We all plan, unknowingly, to some extent or another in informal settings; weather this is to do with the household, leisure activities, personal finance or within our work environments. Strategic planning is an organisation's process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy, including its capital and people. Various business analysis techniques can be used in strategic planning: such as Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) and Political, Economic, Social and Technological, PEST analysis.

Strategic planning is the formal consideration of an organisation's future course. All strategic planning deals with at least one of three key questions:

1. "What do we do?"

2. "For whom do we do it?"

3. "How do we excel?"

The course will appeal to students of Management and Business Administration who are looking for a practical foundation in this subject area. Business Managers wishing to expand their horizons into strategic business planning will find this course an invaluable guide into the theory and practice of strategic planning. It will also suit learners’ with a general interest, in order to gain a deeper understanding of their work or social environments. On completion of this course, new knowledge and understanding can be used as a transferable skill. The course will consist of ten modules covering a wide variety of strategic planning topics and end with an online examination.


Course Contents:

Module One - Introduction to Business Strategic Planning


What is a strategic plan? What are the planning stages? We need to understand business plans – their variables and control management.

To have a plan or not to have a plan - why should there be an interest in strategic planning? Strategic plans and change – discover why there may be a need to be aware of variables. This unit provides the foundation material for the course. It examines, at a high level, the theories and concepts of strategic planning and the methods, techniques and toolsets employed. The student learns the early differentiation between IS Strategic Planning and IT Strategic Planning. The broader perspectives are examined including Corporate Planning and the interlock to key components such as Programme Management and Change Management. By the end of this module you will have a better understanding of analysis when putting together long-term strategic plans. Culture and change in organisations’ effect policy – the vision (objectives) and a mission (who we are) are the tools required for good promotion. Notable achievements from history, which help to understand strategic plans, are also considered.


Module Two - The journey of strategy making


This refers to the cyclical approach of strategic decision making and the journey process. The module will assess the bigger picture and influences of strategic planning. It will consider such items as:

  • Political feasibility
  • Role of participation
  • Determination of reality
  • Shareholder Management
  • The links between strategy and organizational change
  • Using computer support as an assistance in strategic delivery



Module Three - Accepted theories and concepts of strategic planning


This unit examines the varying theories and concepts supporting this approach.

  • The accepted definitions and theories of strategic planning
  • The concepts in constructing a strategic plan
  • The important aspects of business integration
  • Strategy as a catalyst for promoting business change
  • Identification of risk and managing strategic problems



Module Four - Stakeholder Analysis and Management


This unit looks at the determination of the key stakeholders in IS Strategic Planning.

  • Managing the competing demands of different sets of stakeholders
  • Analysis of Stakeholders
  • Stakeholder Influence
  • The Stakeholder Grid - Thinking about stakeholders
  • Modelling the basis of power and interest
  • The coherence of strategy making - inclusion of stakeholder views



Module Five - Developing Models of Strategic Planning


This unit examines the complexity of strategic planning and the type of planning models that can be produced.

  • The conventional approaches to strategic planning - the accepted models
  • Latest trends and techniques in strategic planning
  • Managing Executive acceptance and understanding - the consultants dilemma
  • A look at the structured approaches to strategic planning



Module Six - The method approach to strategic planning


This unit considers the formal structured method approaches to completing a strategic plan. The following areas are examined:

  • Introduction to structured planning techniques
  • Approaches adopted by the big international strategy houses
  • A look in depth at the approach put forward by OGC for strategic development work within the UK Government Departments
  • Concepts of interlock - how the pieces fit together
  • Computer software assists supporting strategy development



Module Seven - Working with teams - group approach to strategic development


This unit explores the importance of group dynamics within the overall concept of strategic development work.

  • Guidelines for working with teams
  • Computer supported group workshops
  • Getting the best from team interaction
  • Concepts of Brainstorming
  • Oval Mapping Workshops



Module Eight - Maps and Models for Workshops


Workshops form a vital part in the gathering, analysis and dissemination of information for strategic planning. This unit explores the maps and models that support this approach.

  • Guidelines for analysing interview maps
  • Basic Map analysis
  • Locating goals and strategic issues
  • Creating Categories
  • Developing draft and core options
  • Analysing maps and computer models



Module Nine - Methods of Delivery - Implementing Strategic Concepts


This unit explores how strategic plans are converted to action plans and subsequently rolled out and implemented.

  • Key interlock criteria - Programme and Change Management
  • Interface to Corporate Planning
  • Benefits Measurement Criteria
  • Modularity in strategic planning
  • Managing Risks and Exposure
  • Key implementation criteria



Module Ten - Concepts of Interlock - integrating strategic planning into the business framework


This unit examines how strategic planning fits into a holistic model within the Corporate architecture.

  • The holistic strategic model
  • The importance of interlock
  • Communications in strategic planning
  • The facilitator - winning hearts and minds Vignettes - Case studies of strategic planning in action


Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.


Diploma in Strategic Planning

This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
Quality Assured by QLS

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

How can I progress

For more information on how to progress after completing this course, please click here

Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

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What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

This is a flexible learning course, so the more time you have to commit to your studies, the sooner you are able to complete.

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Overall rating 4 out of 5 based on 1 student reviews

Despite a few hiccups towards the end with my enrolment date and expiry I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and tutors. The past 12 months have flown by, but I can honestly say I have learnt more in those months studying the strategic planning course than I have actually working in the that sphere for the past four years! It\'s opened my eyes to stakeholder management, enabled me to develop and apply techniques for analysing industry and markets, along with giving me the confidence to articulate more clearly our organisations strategic direction to political leaders and senior officers. I can\'t wait to tackle the business admin Btec / HND course. Regards Carl

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