Development of Strategy study support


As the pace and volume of change in the environment affecting organisations in all sectors increases, company secretaries/governance professionals must seek to understand what is happening and play their part in determining the organisation’s response. All organisations are faced with the challenge of strategic direction either to grasp new opportunities or to overcome significant problems.

The aim of this module is to provide the elements, processes and techniques involved in the development and implementation of organisational strategy. As part of the senior management team, company secretaries/governance professionals have a significant role to play in ensuring that strategy fits organisational purpose, is acceptable in terms of risk, and is consistent with good governance as well as with stakeholder requirements and concerns.

Download Development of Strategy syllabus. This syllabus was rebranded in July 2021 but there weren’t any changes to the content at this time.

Study text

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Study text


Development of Strategy

Recommended study text

This is the recommended study text for the June and November 2024 session.

Case study

All of the Part Two modules, Risk Management, Development of Strategy and Boardroom Dynamics will have pre-released case studies. Three of the questions in each exam paper will be based on the pre-released case, so you will need to read this case and do some reading associated with it before you come to the exam.

Exam material

In the table below you will find:

  • Exam paper - this is the paper that was set at the exam session
  • Mark scheme - this is the document markers used to assess students' answers
  • Examiner's report - this is the examiner's comment on the examination performance
  • Student answers - for some sessions we can show examples of answers students wrote in the examination
  • Pass rates - These pass rates refer to exams from the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Associated Territories (all territories administered by the Chartered Governance Institute’s office in London)
Development of Strategy exam material
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November 2021 View View View Exam paper 1 (pass)
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November 2020 View View View Exam paper 1
November 2019 View View View Question 1 (fail)
Question 1 (merit)
Question 1 (distinction)
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You are able to view resources from the previous version of the Qualifying Programme in the ‘Archive’ tab above.


We deliver a number of study support webinars for each exam session covering topics ranging from planning your study to exam strategy. You will get details of upcoming webinars via email. Each session is recorded and can be found in the 'Learning resources' area, so you can view it at a time to suit you.

We plan to deliver webinars that are subject specific to the Qualifying Programme modules.  You will receive an invitation to join these live webinars and the recordings can be accessed below.


The previous version of the Qualifying Programme, the Chartered Secretaries Qualifying Scheme (CSQS), ran from June 2011 to June 2019. Some of the modules were very similar to the content of the new Qualifying Programme, particularly the strategy, governance, corporate law and secretarial practice content.

You may find it useful to refer to this material while preparing for your studies, but please remember this material has not been updated since the exam was set; also, remember that the new exams have a different format to CSQS exam papers.

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Past papers

Strategy in Practice past papers
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