Study our online ILM Level 5 course and excel as a practising or aspiring middle manager.

Develop your skills and experience, improve your performance and prepare yourself for further career opportunities.

We know that those in middle management roles face a diverse range of challenges on a day-to-day basis. We’ve built an internationally recognised qualification to give you the skills you need to tackle these challenges and advance your career.

This course is designed to:

  • equip you with the leadership skills to drive better results from your teams
  • encourage strategic thinking to foster business improvement
  • provide clear, measurable benefits to career-minded professionals
  • help you improve your organisation’s performance.

Designed to fit around full-time work, this online ILM leadership course features flexible part-time hours.

We also offer an ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management online. It’s designed for practising and aspiring first-line managers.

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ILM approved training

The University of Aberdeen has been approved by the Institute of Leadership & Management since 2012. This partnership means our programmes in Leadership and Management Development are coupled with a formal ILM qualification.

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What you’ll study

Our online ILM Level 5 course is delivered across the following three units. You’ll complete a written assignment at the end of each unit.

Assessing your leadership capability and performance

In this first unit, you’ll explore:

  • a range of different leadership theories and traits
  • the key responsibilities of leading a team
  • theories and principles of delegating responsibility and empowering others
  • how to evaluate and select the best motivational factors
  • emotional intelligence and how to apply this in your leadership role.

You’ll get to assess your own leadership style in practice and discover the impact it has on those you’re leading.

Organisational values, vision and mission are central to this section as a focus for your leadership.

Managing and implementing change in the workplace

In this second unit, you’ll learn why organisations continually need to change.

You’ll conduct an environmental and organisational analysis of your own organisation and:

  • explore and identify possible areas for change
  • assess the benefits and risks of implementing one of your identified change opportunities
  • develop a change implementation plan, including details of how you will monitor and review the implementation of change.

Managing stress and conflict in the workplace

In your final unit, you’ll learn about your responsibilities as a manager in terms of managing stress and conflict.

You’ll explore:

  • the causes and effects of workplace stress
  • the symptoms of stress in yourself and others
  • active planning for stress management
  • available organisational support, in line with policies, procedures and legal aspects
  • how to set priorities to balance organisational and personal needs.

You’ll also learn to identify and deal effectively with conflict. You’ll develop techniques to resolve workplace tensions with the support that’s available to you from relevant departments.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to...

  • Lead teams to achieve organisational values and goals, as required by a practising middle manager.
  • Manage efficiently and effectively, as required by a practising middle manager.
  • Manage stress and conflict in your organisation, as required by a practising middle manager.

I have done online courses before and this was by far the best in terms of delivery and variety. The structure was flexible and I was able to fit it in with my schedule – I was even able to read materials on my phone on the bus.

Magdalena Polcik, NHS Grampian, ILM Level 5 student

How you’ll study

Online learning

The ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management is delivered flexibly, 100% online.

You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Your teaching

This course is taught at undergraduate level by experienced training professionals.

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • videos
  • reading materials
  • quizzes
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
  • discussion boards with classmates.

Live online tutorials

The February 2023 course features live online tutorials, beginning with a comprehensive induction to the qualification.

Subsequent tutorials will guide you through your written assignments. These are set at the following fixed dates and times (GMT):

  • 9 February, 10am – 11.30am – Induction
  • 16 February, 10am – 11am – Unit 1 assessment tutorial
  • 30 March, 10am – 11am – Unit 2 assessment tutorial
  • 27 April, 11am – 12pm – Unit 3 assessment tutorial

These live tutorials are beneficial with regards to completing your assignments, but are not mandatory. They’ll be recorded for anyone who cannot attend.

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Where this will take you

Your ILM Certificate

You’ll receive a Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management from the ILM when you successfully complete the course.

The ILM is the UK’s leading provider of leadership, management and coaching qualifications, with over 50 years’ experience in learning and development. Every year they improve the leadership skills and success levels of over 90,000 managers.

If you have line management responsibilities now or are looking at the bigger picture of promotion, this course is a must-have on your CV.

Dave Macdonald, ILM Level 5 student


Leaders and managers are often promoted to their position with very little, if any, structured support and training. This course will benchmark your managerial skills and develop your ability to lead, motivate and inspire.

Designed for project managers, department heads and other practising middle managers, this qualification will prepare you for senior management responsibilities.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

Build your learning

You can continue building your qualifications with our CV-enhancing online Leadership courses, including further ILM courses.

Many carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course, but knowledge of your organisation to support assignment reflection is necessary.

You’ll normally be a practising manager who is able to complete a work-based assignment as part of the course. The course assignments require work-based examples of translating theory into practice.

You will need a level of reading and writing comprehension equivalent to National 3, Standard Grade or GCSE. This course is delivered in English.

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