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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 develop 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.

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

What will I study?

Your course is delivered in three units. You’ll complete a written assignment at the end of each unit:

By the end of this course, you’ll understand...

  • How to lead teams to achieve organisational values and goals, as required by a practising middle manager.
  • How to manage efficiently and effectively, as required by a practising middle manager.
  • How to manage stress and conflict in your organisation, as required by a practising middle manager.
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ILM approved centre

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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How will I study?

The ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management is delivered part-time, 100% 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 tablet 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
  • discussion boards with classmates.

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

Where will this take me?

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.

Further learning

You may wish to continue your online learning journey with our Leadership short courses, including:

Looking to study a degree? We also offer an online Masters in Leadership in Professional Contexts

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


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.

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

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Am I ready?

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.

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Start date
28 September 2020