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ILM Level 5 Qualifications in Management

Introducing the Qualifications
The ILM Level 5 Award in Management and ILM Level 5 Certificate in Management are qualifications that have been specially designed to give practising or aspiring middle managers a solid foundation in their formal development in this role.

The Award is a concise qualification designed to develop basic middle management skills and knowledge. The mandatory unit examines organisational structure and function, the roles and responsibilities of middle managers and the effect of communication and interpersonal skills on managerial performance. The final element of the unit explores the evaluation of personal development opportunities.

The Certificate builds on and broadens the areas covered in the Award in a flexible and practical way (please note learners may join the Certificate directly and are not required to undertake the Award as a prerequisite). Here, 'managing improvement' is explored, both in terms of organisational and personal improvement. 'Developing the reflective manager' concentrates on the analysis of personal strengths and weakness and how to work through problems using creative techniques. The crucial skill of 'making a financial case' is also explored in the fourth mandatory unit for the Certificate.

Flexibility - all learners are able to choose from a diverse range of optional units to build their qualification - an Award or Certificate(see tables below and overleaf). This high level of flexibility allows individuals or their employers to custom build a qualification focusing on the key areas of middle management that are most relevant to the demands of a specific role, industry or organisation. From managing health and safety to planning change in the workplace, the ILM Level 5 Management qualifications can be fully tailored to meet the varying needs of learners across all employment sectors.

Qualifications Overview

Level 5 Award in Management Level 5 Certificate in Management
Credit value • Minimum 10 credits • Minimum 30 credits
Guided learning • Minimum 45 hours • Minimum 140 hours
Duration • Completion within three years • Completion within three years

• Induction – one hour

• Tutorial support – at least two hours
• One mandatory unit with a credit value of 4
• Selected optional unit(s) with a
minimum total credit value of 6

• Induction – two hours
• Tutorial support – at least five hours
• Three mandatory units with a credit value of 14
• Selected optional units with a minimum total credit value of 16
Assessment – mandatory units • Work-based assignment • Work-based assignment, plus
• Improvement report
Assessment – optional units Depending on the units selected, a choice of : work-based assignments, reflective reviews, oral presentations, written reports or centre-devised alternatives
Entry requirements There are no formal entry requirements, but participants will normally be either practising or aspiring middle managers with the opportunity to meet the assessment demands and have a background that will enable them to benefit from the programme

Please note these ILM Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQs) are part of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), applicable in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, providing successful candidates with transferable qualification credit.

Overview of Units

Ref Unit title CV* Mandatory
M4.01 Understanding the management role 4 A   C
M4.02 Developing management skills 4
M5.01 Developing the reflective manager 4       C
M5.02 Managing improvement 3       C
M5.03 Making a financial case 3       C
M5.04 Developing the manager as a critical thinker 4
M5.05 Leading innovation and change 5
M5.06 Becoming an effective leader 5
M5.07 Managing individual development 4
M5.08 Managing stress and conflict in the organisation 3
M5.09 Communication in management 4
M5.10 Understanding the organisational environment 5
M5.11 Understanding organisational culture and ethics 3
M5.12 Managing customer relations 3
M5.13 Managing for efficiency and effectiveness 4
M5.14 Understanding financial management 2
M5.15 Managing projects in the organisation 4
M5.16 Managing a healthy and safe environment 2
M5.17 Managing resources 4
M5.18 Managing information 4
M5.19 Managing meetings 3
M5.20 Managing recruitment 5
M5.21 Managing marketing 3
M5.22 Conducting work analysis 2
M5.23 Analysing and interpreting statistics to inform
management decisions
M5.24 Conducting operations research 2
M5.25 Analysing and presenting data to inform
management decisions
M5.26 Managing facilities 2
M5.27 Making professional presentations 2
M5.28 Leading teams 4

* Credit value Candidates must complete the associated mandatory units for their qualification, marked A = Award and C = Certificate, then choose from the remaining units to make up the required minimum credit value - check with your centre for further advice.

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