ILM Level 5 Leadership and Management (Award or Certificate Programme)

Title:ILM Level 5 Leadership and Management (Award or Certificate Programme)

Duration:4 days
Professional Development

Who should attend?

Please click here for a full description of the ILM programmes we offer to see which is the right training course for you:

These courses are NOT open to postgraduate students - they are designed for University staff only.

This qualification is designed specifically for those who are Directors, Deputy Directors or Managers and is most appropriate if you are operating at Levels 6 or 7 in your job family.  You will have the following responsibilities:

  • Provide departmental/divisional leadership; plan, manage,and monitor operations; lead change projects; develop people and resources to maximise operational effectiveness; monitor performance and control budgets.
  • Encourage innovation and improvement, set goals and delegate tasks to direct reports, communicate with teams and manage risks.
  • Make strategic plans with time horizons of up 5 years and set KPIs for the University or your area of responsibility.

Note: As part of the course you will undertake a project of your choice which wil involve writing an innovation report. This will be based on your own real work needs in the context of an improvement opportunity in your area of responsibility.
Staff at Level 5 in your job family may also attend, provided you fulfil the above criteria and your manager is able to supply a statement supporting your attendance pre-course - this should b provided via the Line Manager Approval Form.

Registration process

Please complete the delegate registration online form when you book your ILM training course.

You should also ask your line manager to complete the online Line Manager Approval Form to confirm their approval for you to attend this training course.

Please ensure that you can commit to all 4 full days from 9.30 am - 4.30 pm before booking a place, as full attendance is mandatory for this ILM programme.


Note: There is a £150 charge payable by the School/Department to attend this course and you must attend all of the days to gain certification. If you don't attend Day 1 without giving at least 3 days' notice, and the place is not taken by another delegate, then the School/Department will still be charged.

Please note that lunch will not be offered as part of this course. 

Learning outcomes

This programme focuses on a specific set of skills and knowledge required for successful middle management and will include the following topic areas:

  • Working with people – how to deal effectively with stress and conflict and build excellent working
  • Managing yourself and personal skills – assessing your own leadership performance, and developing critical thinking
  • Providing direction – such as leading teams to achieve organisational goals and objectives, and making strong and informed management decisions
  • Facilitating innovation and change – for example, build a culture of continued improvement, and lead people through change
  • Achieving results – such as managing for efficiency and effectiveness, and managing projects that get results

Results for learners

Use core management techniques to drive better results
Develop your ability to lead, motivate and inspire
Provide strategic leadership as well as day-to-day management
Benchmark your managerial skills
Raise your profile in your organisation

Impact for the University

  • Encourage strategic thinking at this level of management to foster business improvement
  • Engage middle managers with training and development – this programme is designed to provide clear, measurable benefits to career-minded professionals

Programme outline

  • Day 1 – The Context of Management

    Programme introduction
    Induction to ILM and the Level 5 Award/Certificate
    The management context – drivers and influences
    Organisational culture
    Leadership styles

  • Day 2 – Becoming an Effective Leader

    Emotional intelligence for leaders
    Communication essentials
    Setting direction – motivating and delegating
    Influencing and dealing with different personalities

  • Day 3 – Innovation and Change

    Innovation and change – drivers and barriers
    Planning and managing change – engaging the stakeholders
    Innovation in your institution
    Supporting people through change – coaching and mentoring

  • Day 4 –Innovation Project

    Identifying opportunities for improvement – links to strategic needs
    Continuous improvement, creative thinking, identifying and evaluating solutions
    Developing your innovation project
    Evaluating and reviewing projects


The programme consists of a four day taught programme plus independent learning, assessed assignments and a work based innovation project.

Assessment - outline of what is involved

Working with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), we are able to offer participants the opportunity to achieve recognition for their learning in the form of a nationally recognised qualification. Candidates can work towards either the concise Award or the broader Certificate in Leadership and Management - Level 5.  The taught element of the programme remains the same regardless of which qualification is selected,although the assessment and independent learning requirements are greater fort he Certificate route

Independent learning/assessed assignments*:

  • Assignment 1 –Understanding the Organisational Environment (5 credits)

A written reflective review on the Understanding the Organisational Environment unit, between 2,000 and 3,000 words.

  • Assignment 2 –Becoming an Effective Leader (5 credits)

A written reflective review on the Becoming and Effective Leader unit, between 2,000 and 3,000 words

  • Assignment 3 –Leading Innovation and Change (5 credits)

A written reflective review on the Understanding the Organisational Environment unit, between 2,000 and 3,000 words.

 * those doing the Award will only need to complete Assignment 1 and Assignment 3

Course dates

This course runs once per academic year. New dates will be published here as soon as they are released. If there are currently no dates below please keep checking back.


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