What will I study?
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.
In this 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.
In your final unit, you’ll learn about your responsibilities as a manager in terms of managing stress and conflict.
- 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.
How will I study?
This course totals approximately 150 hours of study and assessment time. That’s around 10 – 15 hours per week in regular topic work, with more time required around assessments.
This is a rough guide, as you can largely set your own study hours to cover the materials. MyAberdeen is available 24/7, so you can log in and study when it suits you.
There may 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.
This course is assessed entirely online.
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. You can use social media and discussion boards to chat with your fellow students too.
We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:
- Careers and Employability 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 feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.
Magdalena Polcik, NHS Grampian, ILM Level 5 student
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.
Where will this take me?
Dave Macdonald, ILM Level 5 student
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.
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 smartphone- and tablet-friendly. However, you’re likely to need a proper laptop or computer keyboard for completing assignments comfortably.
Reliable internet access
With reasonable download speed. We broadly estimate at least 2Mbps so that you can take part fully 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 install these programs on up to five 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.
See our detailed IT requirements for more information.
When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure so that you’re never alone in your studies.
But learning online does mean 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 independent 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
If you have any questions about studying online, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help.
Your course fee needs to be paid in full before you start your course.
We accept payment via Visa Debit, Visa Credit and Mastercard.
Ways to save
There are several ways you may be able to get help funding your studies:
- Employer sponsorship – we accept full and partial fee payments from sponsors
- Student loan
- Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA)
All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card. This gives you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.