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Our online ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management has been specifically designed to support practicing and potential middle managers in developing their skills and experience, improving their performance and preparing for further career opportunities.

Here at Aberdeen, we understand that those in middle management roles face a diverse range of challenges on a day-to-day basis and have built an internationally-recognised qualification which focusses on developing the key skills you need to advance your career.

Completing this course has a range of benefits for both you and your organisation. The course is designed to:

  • equip you with the leadership skills required 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

What will I study?

The course is broken down into three distinct units described below.

By the end of this course, you will…

  • Critically evaluate your role as a leader based on leadership theories, models, and self-reflection on own organisation
  • Determine the leadership style most suitable to your role, using an evidenced argument of both leadership theory and self-reflection to justify this choice
  • Review your own skills in key leadership areas such as delegation, motivation and empowerment and develop a leadership action plan to enhance your effectiveness
  • Create personal development plans for both yourself and individuals you work with, showing how progress will be measured and evaluated
  • Conduct performance management conversations with individuals and critically assess the most suitable training and development mechanisms for supporting development of individuals
  • Critically explore the knowledge, skills, and behaviour of an effective coach or mentor, evidencing understanding of the importance of these skills and behaviours in a leadership role
  • Develop a coaching strategy for own work team, supported by relevant theory and reflection

How will I study?

The ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management is a 12-week short course, delivered entirely online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

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

Your course is delivered through MyAberdeen, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It’s designed specifically for online learners and features a range of resources, including:

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

Where will this take me?

The ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management is one of a suite of leadership courses that we offer online.


Leaders and managers are often promoted to their position with very little, if any, structured support and training.  Whether you are currently operating in a management role, or you are committed to developing your skills to take on future career challenges, this ILM programme is specifically designed to address the ‘big issues’ of leadership and management at a level that accurately reflects expertise and experience brought to it by the learners.

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

Further learning

Once you have completed the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management you may wish to continue your online learning journey. For example:

  • Masters in Leadership in Professional Contexts – designed to provide opportunities for aspiring and existing leaders to explore and expand understanding of leadership as it relates to a number of organisational settings. Available to study online or on campus.

Am I ready?

There are no required pre-requisites to enter the course, but knowledge of your organisation to support assignment reflection is necessary. It is expected that participants will normally be practising or aspiring managers with the opportunity to meet the assessment demands.

Candidates will require a level of reading/writing comprehension equivalent to National 3/GSCE.

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Start date
1 July 2019