ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership & Management

Accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management

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If you are currently working in a supervisory/middle managerial role and are looking to progress to a senior management role then this could be the course for you!

You will undertake a range of units which are aimed at developing strategic leadership and management skills. For example ‘Assessing Your Own Leadership Capability’ explores effective leadership styles and motivation techniques used to achieve your organisation’s values and goals.

By undertaking this qualification you will develop your ability to lead and inspire, raise your profile in your organisation, and improve the efficiency of your business by creating an effective and motivated team.

Benefits to employers

  • Develop strategic thinking for business improvement
  • Professionally trained leaders who will be well equipped to deal with team management issues
  • Proven skills

Entry requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements to undertake this programme however you must be working in a role with significant span of control and management responsibility. If you would like to discuss whether you can meet the assessment demands please contact us.

Membership of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM)

As a student on this programme you will receive free studying membership with the ILM which will give you access to a range of invaluable tools and resources. Studying memberships lasts for the length of your programme or a minimum of six months.

Free resources include:

  • Learning Zone: an online toolkit with access to hundreds of management e-learning materials
  • Resource centre: browse and download thousands of management books and magazines
  • Business book summaries: overviews of more than 700 top business books
  • Edge online: the latest management news and exclusive articles direct to your inbox
  • Networking and events: specialist management events held across the UK and Ireland

Course content

You will need to achieve 37 credits. This involves completion of the following units:

  • Managing for efficiency and effectiveness
  • Developing and leading teams to achieve organisational goals and objectives
  • Assessing your own leadership capability and performance
  • Manage stress and conflict in the organisation
  • Managing recruitment
  • Managing customer relations
  • Delegating authority in the workplace
  • Solving problems by making effective decisions in the workplace

Start Date

September, November, March or June.


Your learning will be a combination of online material and tutorials augmented by case studies, self directed research and a number of taught sessions in the form of study days held at our Huntingdon centre. You may start this programme in January, March, June or September each year. This method of learning allows for personalised, flexible study and the opportunity to work with your tutor and share experiences and ideas with fellow students.

Study days

You will attend eight study days throughout your programme. Attendance is mandatory to meet the awarding body’s guided learning requirements.

13 June 2015 – Managing conflict and stress in the workplace
14 June 2015 – Successful recruitment and selection of staff

19 September 2015 – Managing for efficiency and effectiveness
20 September 2015 – Managing customer relations

21 November 2015 – Theories and principles of leadership / motivating people
22 November 2015- Developing and leading teams to achieve organisational goals

March 2016 TBC – Solving problems by making effective decisions
March 2016 TBC – Management communication and effective delegation


18 Months.


You may be located anywhere in the UK or overseas. Please note that all taught sessions are held at our Huntingdon centre, Cambridgeshire.

Huntingdon is approximately a 30 minute drive from Peterborough, Bedford, Cambridge and Northamptonshire.


You will be assessed by an ILM written assignment for each unit, written questions, reflective reviews and learning logs.

Progression and career opportunities

This professionally recognised qualification will provide you with solid leadership and managerial skills, allowing you to contribute to management decisions and confidently lead other staff members.

Post nominals

This is a well respected and nationally recognised qualification. It will be a professional addition to your CV and stand you in good stead when applying for managerial or supervisory positions. Upon completion of the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management qualification, depending on your management experience you will become a Member (MInstLM) or Fellow Member (FInstLM) of the ILM.

Course fees

We offer two different payment options; payment in full, or our ‘Pay as you Learn’ monthly payment scheme – details of these payment options can be found here.

Sources of financial help can be found on our student finance page. If you will be 24 years of age or above at the start of your course you may be able to apply for one of the Government’s new 24+ Advanced Learning Loans.

If you have any questions regarding the payment of course fees please contact our administration team.

Annual Fee Scheme (?) Pay as You Learn Scheme (?) ILM Fees*
£1,950 £110 per month £168

* These are current figures and may be subject to change.

If you are an oversees student wishing to take this programme please contact us for course fee information.

Before making any change in your financial undertakings it is recommended that you seek advice from an independent source, for example the Money Advice Service

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