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ILM Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management and Leadership

ILM Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management and Leadership

The ILM Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management and Leadership qualification is aimed at those professional middle managers whose roles cross all occupations and sectors of employment, specifically for those whose job role includes: managing business processes, developing and implementing operational plans, planning and implementing organizational change and managing finance. Upon completion the qualification formally recognizes and allows the candidate to demonstrate and quantify their competency at a managerial level which is reflected against the new Qualification Credit Framework (QCF).

Diploma Course Structure

This qualification is a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) and as such requires that the candidate provides a written account of their work and responsibilities and provide documentary evidence to support this.

To gain this Level 5 Diploma qualification, you must complete 4 mandatory units, amounting to 22 credits, and a choice of optional units, with a minimum total of 53 credits. The mandatory and a sample of the optional units for this qualification are detailed below; further additional optional units are available upon request.

Mandatory Diploma Units

Level 5 Diploma Mandatory course units

  • Contribute to the development of a strategic plan
  • Design business processes
  • Manage strategic change
  • Provide leadership and management

Optional Diploma Units

Level 5 Diploma optional course units

  • Promote equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion across an organisation
  • Develop and manage collaborative relationships with other organisations
  • Manage a tendering process
  • Manage physical resources
  • Manage strategic marketing activities
  • Manage a budget
  • Conduct quality audits
  • Manage a project
  • Manage redundancy and redeployment
  • Recruitment, selection and induction
  • Manage business risk


This Level 5 Diploma qualification is competence-based. This means that it is linked to a person’s ability to competently perform a range of tasks connected with their work.

Assessment is by production of a professional portfolio which comprises of a number of ILM approved units. These are matched to the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and are greatly simplified by our online e-learning platform. The candidate submits these electronically to their designated Assessor/Tutor for assessment and subsequent feedback.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal requirements but candidates need to be an experienced, practicing middle manager who is able to demonstrate both theoretical and practical competence in the workplace to a national standard in key areas.

A personal skill scan conducted by our assessment team, will ensure that your current job role lends itself to the demands of the National Standards at the preferred level.


Institute of Leadership and Management (Upon application).
Chartered Management Institute (Upon application)

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