ILM Level 5 Award

The ILM Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management is a short course which is ideal if you're a practicing middle manager looking to advance your career. It will help you to develop your skills, improve your performance and prepare for senior management responsibilities.

It is also suitable if you have completed the ILM Level 3 Certificate, have held a managerial role, and want to develop your senior management skills.

The course caters to many management styles and is suitable for a range of different sectors. It focuses on how to use core management techniques to drive better results, how to manage change, and how to critically assess your beliefs and values in relation to management theories.

This internationally-recognised qualification is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management, the UK's leading awarding body for management training, so it will demonstrate conclusively to employers that you have the skills needed to excel in a senior management role.

On the ILM Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management course, you will cover two units.

Unit 1 – Developing Critical Thinking

Unit 2 – Leading Innovation and Change

Entry Requirements:


The duration of this programme is 4 months.


ILM Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management £650. Depending on your individual circumstances, we have a number of funded co funded and full cost options.

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Why take a Leadership and Management course?

Strong leaders are the core foundation of any successful business. A manager can make or break a team, enhancing or solidifying your leadership skill is crucial to being the best manager you can be.

Studying an Leadership and Management (ILM) qualification will allow you to:

  1. Understand yourself as a leader
  2. Understand leadership styles and the effect they have on people
  3. Use feedback and self-review and reflection to enhance your leadership skills
  4. Work on your communication skills and ability to align your team with your organisation’s goals and vision
  5. Learn solid techniques for organising and implementing complex plans and projects
  6. Build happier and more productive teams

Which Level should I choose?

Level 2 is perfect for you if you are a team leader or potential team leader who needs a solid foundation in management skills. If you are a current team leader, it will help you be more confident in your role. If you are currently part of a team, it will help you make the transition from team member to team leader.

Level 3 is the right choice if you have some management experience as a team leader or first line manager. It will take you from potential management material to respected and efficient leader and help you rise in the ranks.

Level 5 is perfect if you are a middle manager, such as an operations/project manager or department head. It will give you the knowledge and skills you need to take on a senior management role and progress in your career. 

What are Awards –Certificates - Diplomas?

Awards are bite-sized qualifications, which will give you in-depth knowledge of a specific, narrow subject area. 

Certificates are medium-scope qualifications, which cover essential subject areas in detail.

Diplomas are a full sized qualification, which cover substantial subject areas in detail

About ILM

ILM are the UK’s largest management body. They are an independent charity that forms part of the City and Guilds group, and set the benchmark for quality in leadership and management.

They combine industry-leading qualifications with specialist member services, and their focus is on improving leadership standards in companies of all sizes.

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