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Our online ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management is designed to support you as a practising or potential 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 develop the key skills you need to tackle these challenges and advance your career.

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

  • equip you with the leadership skills you need 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?

Your course is delivered in three distinct units:

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 self-reflection and evidenced argument of leadership theory 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 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 the development of individuals.
  • Critically explore the knowledge, skills, and behaviour of an effective coach or mentor, evidencing your understanding of the importance of these skills and behaviours in a leadership role.
  • Develop a coaching strategy for your own work team, supported by relevant theory and reflection.
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ILM approved centre

The University of Aberdeen has been an ILM approved centre since 2012, allowing us to offer programmes in Leadership and Management Development coupled with a formal qualification from the ILM.

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). Also available as an app, you can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and mobile device 24/7.

Your course 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?

Further learning

Once you have completed the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management, you may wish to continue your online learning journey with our:

Leadership short courses, including:

Masters in Leadership in Professional Contexts

  • Explore and expand your understanding of leadership, whatever your sector.
  • Available to study online or on campus.

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, previous 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.

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Am I ready?

There are no required pre-requisites to enter the course, but knowledge of your organisation to support assignment reflection is necessary.

You will normally be a practising or aspiring manager with the opportunity to complete a work-based assignment as part of the course.

You will need a level of reading/writing comprehension equivalent to National 3/Standard Grade/GCSE.

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Start date
13 January 2020