What will I study?
Our first unit, Becoming an Effective Leader, will concentrate on supporting you to develop and enhance your ability to lead, motivate and inspire.
You will explore the role of the middle manager, leadership theory, key managerial skills including motivation and delegation, and the importance of emotional intelligence.
You will be supported in your learning through a number of interactive activities and reflective exercises, giving you the knowledge needed to critically evaluate your own managerial ability and identify development actions to prepare for senior management responsibilities.
Our second unit, Managing Individual Development, will give you the skills you need to effectively manage the performance and development of your team.
Performance management isn’t always easy, and this unit will support you in understanding and implementing the key components necessary to ensure that your team are as effective as possible. We will support you in exploring your learning style and the learning styles of others and how you can use this knowledge to tailor effective training and development opportunities.
You will be given models to guide the constructive feedback process, information on performance gap analysis and explore the interpersonal communications skills needed to underpin this process. As part of your assessment you will be asked to carry out a performance review with a member of your team.
Our final unit will cover one of the keys to leadership success: skills in coaching and mentoring.
This unit will enable you to understand the role and contribution of coaching and mentoring to both individuals and your organisation and make a case for using these skills in your management role.
You will be given the theory and models which underpin these areas, as well as opportunity to practice these skills and materials to support you in utilising these moving forward.
How will I study?
This course totals approximately 85 hours of study and assessment time. This is a rough estimate and no two students will spend the same time on a course. As a guide, this works out to around 5-7 hours each week in regular topic work, but with more time required for assessment preparation at certain times in the semester. You can, to a large degree, set your own study hours to cover the materials, fitting your studies around work and personal commitments.
There will be some activities that you have to attend at a fixed time – such as online meetings with your tutor – but otherwise, you can access and work through the course at your convenience. Any scheduled activities that you can’t attend will normally be recorded for you to view at a more convenient time.
This course is 100% online, so you don't have to sit any on-campus or in-person exams.
The Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management requires a work-based assignment to be completed for each unit and must be based on an actual situation in the workplace. Assignment questions are spread across each unit to support you in managing your learning time.
Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You’ll have contact with your tutors, which could be by email, Skype, Facetime or phone call, and you can use social media and discussion boards to chat with your fellow students.
We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:
- Careers service
- Disability support
- IT support
- Library support
- Student Support Service – help with finances, stress, wellbeing and non-academic issues
- Student Learning Service – study support, with advice sessions available via phone or Skype
- Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) – run by students for students
- Toolkit – clever apps and free training that can make your study life easier
Wherever you are in the world, you’ll still feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.
Where will this take me?
Am I ready?
You will need access to:
A computer - PC, laptop or Mac - operating on:
- Windows 7 or later
- Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) or later, preferably Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra).
All our teaching materials are mobile-, smartphone- and tablet-friendly. However, you’re likely to need a proper keyboard for completing assignments.
Reliable internet access
With reasonable download speed: we broadly estimate at least 2MB so that you can fully take part in live sessions.
Speakers or headphones
- A headset with built-in microphone and earphones is useful if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
- A webcam may be desirable for some interactive sessions.
We will give you access to Office365 applications. This means that you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and up to 5 copies of the full programs for installation on personal devices.
If your course requires any specialist software, then we’ll provide you with copies of this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.
When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure that means you are never alone in your studies.
But learning online does mean that you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.
Your most important commitment to your course will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.
Before you start a course that involves a high degree of self-study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your course each week:
- Be realistic
- Create a weekly schedule as a guide
Your course fee needs to be paid in full before you start your course.
We accept payment via all credit and debit cards except American Express.
Ways to save
There are several ways that you may be able to get help funding your studies:
- Employer sponsorship
- Student loan
- Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
All students - online, on campus and blended - are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card, giving you access to a fantastic range of student discounts around the city and online.