ILM Level 7 Leadership & Management: Certificate
Duration 14 days
Team Professional Development

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 strategic managers. You typically 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 to 5 years and KPIs for the University or your area of responsibility.

PLEASE NOTE: As part of this course you will undertake a suitably complex real work-based project of your choice using enquiry based techniques. You will also engage regularly in the learning community associated with this course.

Programme Outline

The Level 7 Leadership and Management qualification is designed to "enable existing and aspiring managers, who recognise they must satisfy various stakeholders and want to invest in their own personal brand, to create organisational and personal impact through high-level engagement with practice, innovation and critical thinking, underpinned by practical and applied research and the application of theoretical frameworks." (ILM 2018). This programme combines leadership development with 'real work' projects enabling the learner to become more self-aware, think and act strategically and make informed, evidence-based, decisions in order to progress a real-life project within the University. Undertaking this qualification will enable you to:

  • Focus on your specific leadership and management development needs
  • Learn to use networks and harness the power of social learning
  • Know how to use an enquiry led evidence-based approach to develop your leadership and management capability
  • Develop and enhance your personal brand
  • Develop, implement and evaluate high-level, strategic, business cases
  • Embed your leadership and management development in real work
  • Develop knowledge and skills to support your future career aspirations. (ILM, 2018)

This programme is delivered through a variety of methods including core learning days featuring facilitated content, action learning sets, and one-to-one tutorials. In addition to the facilitated elements of the programme learners are expected to conduct their own personal research and enquiry to support their learning and development. Learning events are scheduled to occur every month and the whole programme will take approximately ten months to complete, which provides sufficient time for a suitable complex project to be undertaken. Total qualification time is notionally 200 hours. The ethos of this programme is to be flexible and led by the learners; the nature of the content is driven by the needs and requirements group and some of the modes of delivery will alter through negotiation with the learners.

To achieve the qualification the learner must complete the mandatory ILM unit8617-700 Developing Leadership and Management Capability through Enquiry. The method of assessment is through portfolio evidence, a concise project report, a project presentation and viva voce.

There is a £200 charge to attend this course payable by the School/Department and you must engage with all of the learning and assessment to gain certification.

Course dates
This course is currently scheduled to run once during the 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.


Registration process
Please complete the registration form so we can register you with the ILM.

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LocationStart DateAll DatesTimesPlaces AvailableBook
Online Course18 January 202418, 25 January, 22 February, 14, 21 March, 25 April, 02 May, 06, 20 June, 26 September, 17, 24 October, 13 November 20242:00pm - 4:00pm2