The ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management

Our online ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management has been specifically designed to support practicing and potential middle managers in developing their skills and experience, improving their performance and preparing for further career opportunities.

Here at Aberdeen, we understand that those in middle management roles face a diverse range of challenges on a day-to-day basis and have built an internationally-recognised qualification which focusses on developing the key skills you need to advance your career.

Completing this course has a range of benefits for both you and your organisation. The course is designed to:

  • equip you with the leadership skills required 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

The ILM Level 5 certificate is equivalent to 14 credits at SCQF Level 9.

The course is broken down into three distinct units described below and costs £1495.

Our January 2019 start date is now full. Please register your interest for the next run of the ILM course. Date to be confirmed.

If you have any questions, please send us an email.

Becoming an Effective Leader

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.

Managing Individual Development

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.

Understanding Management, Coaching and Mentoring

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.

ILM Online FAQs


How do I apply?

You can complete an application form online.

What are the requirements to undertake this course?

There are no required pre-requisites to enter the course, but knowledge of your organisation to support assignment reflection is necessary. It is expected that participants will normally be practising or aspiring managers with the opportunity to meet the assessment demands.

Candidates will require a level of reading/writing comprehension equivalent to National 3/GSCE.

How long will it take to find out I’ve been accepted

The programme is designed as a CPD course and entry is on a first-come first-served basis. After you submit your application, you will normally get a response within two working days.


ILM is the UK’s largest awarding organisation for qualifications in leadership, management and coaching with around 92,000 candidate registrations each year.  It works in partnership with around 2,500 centres to provide high quality development opportunities for leaders and managers at all levels in public, private and voluntary organisations from every employment sector.  

ILM is also a leading professional membership body with a growing membership of more than 35,000 practising managers.  

Find out more about ILM

What are ILM qualifications?

ILM qualifications are made up of units, each of which focuses on a specific aspect of the role for which the qualification is designed. 

Each unit has a credit value.  ‘Credit’ means that once you have completed a unit successfully, even if you haven’t completed the whole qualification, you can still have your achievement recorded.  

The amount of credit is defined by credit value, and one credit is equal to approximately ten hours of ‘notional learning time’, in other words, it is assumed that you will have taken about ten hours’ work to have been awarded that one credit.  The work isn’t just time spent in a classroom or workshop, it also includes time spent reading and practising skills on your own, researching at work or on the internet, discussing what you are learning with managers and work colleagues and anything you do in preparation for and completion of assessment. 

Do I get access to the ILM whilst studying? 

All learners gain free studying membership for six months.  Designed to help candidates get the most from their course and advance their management career, studying membership gives access to a wide range of specialist support and development materials and services.  Learners can upgrade at any time to professional membership – gaining an additional range of membership services and the use of post nominal letters (eg AInstLM).

Your course tutor will be in touch after your ILM induction to instruct you on how to activate your study membership.

Can I become an ILM member after this course?

ILM offers professional membership designed to help you develop, learn and be part of a truly great mission – to inspire great leadership, everywhere. There are currently over 30,000 individuals who are professional members of the ILM. 

ILM have a grade to suit all levels of experience and qualification. Learners can upgrade at any time to professional membership – gaining an additional range of membership services and the use of post nominal letters (eg AInstLM).

Find out about becoming an ILM member

Fees and payments

How much will the ILM level 5 Certificate cost?

The course will cost £1495. This should be paid in one instalment before the course begins.

My employer wants to sponsor me – is that possible?

Yes, sponsors can pay your course fees. The payment terms are the same as for self-payments - a course must be paid for before it starts.

If I stop my course do I get a refund?

If you decide not to study with us before your course starts, we will refund you. Once a course starts, refunds are not available.

Studying online

Will studying online suit me? 

Studying online means that you can fit studying around your work and personal life. Since you do not have to travel to our campus, you can study from anywhere in the world. We understand that you may be undertaking this programme alongside your full-time working role and you will find a range of availability for joining online classrooms including evening and weekend options. 

Studying online does mean that you have to motivate yourself to study and manage your own time. 

How is this course structured?

The course has been designed to take place over 12 weeks, and is broken down into three units. Each unit will take 4 weeks to complete.

How will I be taught?

The course is delivered through a virtual learning environment and is designed specifically for an online audience. There will be a range of activities including live online classrooms, videos, online quizzes, innovative online assessment, discussion boards, reflective logs, and personal journals.

All courses will be accessed through a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and can accessed through login details that we will provide to you before you start.

Before your course starts there will be lots of guidance on how to use the VLE so that you are familiar with it before you start your course.

How much time will I be expected to dedicate to studying online? 

You should be expected to commit between 2 and 5 hours per week to this online course. 

How will my work be assessed?

Your assessment will be fully online. You will have one assessment for each unit (3 in total). 
We have broken down your assessment questions over the four weeks of each unit, so you will answer questions as you progress rather than completing a long assignment at the end of each unit. Assessment is in the form of long-answer questions (approx. 500 words)

Your assessments are vocational – they should focus not just on the theory you have learned, but on what that theory means for you. Throughout each week you will be prompted to complete self-reflective journal entries. These entries should form the basis for your assessment questions. 

Your assessments should be submitted on the VLE system. They will be marked externally by the ILM, but you will receive detailed feedback from the course tutor. 

Are there lots of deadlines for course work?

You will be expected to complete the course work at the pace set out by your tutor. This will be discussed in more detail at your course induction where you will be made aware of all the course work, assignments and deadlines so you can plan accordingly. 

What happens if I am late submitting an assignment?

As soon as you know you are not going to make a deadline you should contact your course coordinator. There may be penalties for late submission. These will be explained as part of your course materials.

Are there fixed times for classes or online tutorials?

Occasionally, there will be synchronous sessions such as tutorials for your course where you will meet online with your tutor and classmates. You will be offered an option of sessions to attend including times in the evenings and at weekends.  

Where you can’t be present, you will normally be provided with access to recorded materials for you to view at a more convenient time. 

Will I get to meet any students on my course?

The course has discussion boards and collaborative working tasks where you can interact with other learners on your course. But they could be anywhere in the world!

There will also be opportunities for group work which will allow you to work alongside your fellow class members.

Social media is a great way to find other learners on your course.


Will I have access to a tutor?

Yes. Amanda Hopwood, Staff Development Partner, serves as the course coordinator. Amanda has been delivering ILM programmes since 2012 and is experienced in both course content delivery and ILM assessment procedures. Find more information about Amanda. 

The contact details of the course coordinator will be available to you through the VLE, so you can contact them with course queries at any time. Amanda will also check-in with individual learners regularly. 

How can I contact my tutor?

Amanda can be contacted by email or directly through the VLE. Amanda is also happy to chat with you on the phone at pre-arranged times. 

How will my tutor contact me?

Your tutor will contact you through the Aberdeen email address that we will give you. Personal email addresses will not be used, so if you prefer to use one, then set up an auto-forward from your Aberdeen account to your preferred account. 

What if I have a technical issue accessing my course?

Our IT Servicedesk is available to you from 8am to 5pm GMT (BST) or calls can be logged with them via an online portal or by email. They can assist with problems accessing course material or downloading software that we offer. You will have to remember that some technical issues you will encounter may be caused by the equipment (PC, laptop) you have, but if we can help, we will. It is important to check the minimum technical specifications you will need before trying to study with us.

What if I find the studying too much, can I take longer to complete?

If you are finding it difficult to complete your studies alongside your other commitments, you may be able to take a break from your studies or extend your assignment deadlines. If you find yourself in this situation, you should speak to your programme coordinator to discuss your options.


This programme is designed to provide clear, measurable benefits to career-minded professionals.

As this course is based online, you will be expected to manage your own learning pace.

You should be willing to invest approximately 5 - 7 hours per week to complete the course within 3 months. You will complete a range of assessments to cover the learning requirements outlined by the Institute of Leadership and Management, and you will be provided with one-to-one feedback on each assignment you complete.

Throughout the course there will be opportunities for you to interact with other delegates, as well as access specialised support should you need it. We look forward to working with you.