What will I study?
Our first unit develops and enhances your ability to lead, motivate and inspire.
- the role of the middle manager
- leadership theory
- key managerial skills, including motivation and delegation
- 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 gives you the skills you need to manage the performance and development of your team effectively.
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'll 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'll be given models to guide the constructive feedback process, information on performance-gap analysis and you'll explore the interpersonal communications skills needed to underpin this process.
As part of your assessment, you'll also carry out a performance review with a member of your team.
Our final unit covers one of the keys to leadership success: skills in coaching and mentoring.
You'll come to understand the role and contribution of coaching and mentoring to individuals and your organisation and learn to use these skills in your management role.
You'll be given the theory and models that underpin coaching and mentoring, the opportunity to practise 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. That’s around 5-7 hours per week in regular topic work, with more time required around assessment times
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 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 you can’t attend with good reason will be recorded, where possible, 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. 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 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.
Where will this take me?
Dave Macdonald, previous 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 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 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 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 major credit and debit cards except American Express.
Ways to save
There are several ways you may be able to get help funding your studies:
- Employer sponsorship – we happily 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, giving you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.