ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management

Leadership and Management

Prepare yourself for senior management

Awarded by the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), this professional qualification is ideal if you are currently working in a supervisory or middle managerial role and are looking to progress into senior management and raise your profile in your organisation.

You will develop your ability to lead, motivate and inspire people and use core management skills to achieve results and improve the welfare of animals in your care by having an efficient and effective team approach. You will undertake a range of units which are aimed at developing strategic leadership and management skills. For example ‘Assessing Your Own Leadership Capability’ explores effective leadership styles and motivation techniques used to achieve your organisation’s values and goals.

This blended learning course offers a combination of online learning and study days allowing for home study with regular tutorial support and college-based lectures on key topics.

"I have found the level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management invaluable to my role of Head Nurse. The support and encouragement offered by the staff is brilliant and the blended learning allows me to plan my studies around my work commitments. The study weekends are filled with informative and well structured sessions, Emma is an excellent lecturer, and these weekends offer a great opportunity to network with others in a similar role. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone in, or progressing to, a management role".
Holly Cooper, Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management

Benefits to employers

  • Develop strategic thinking to foster business improvement
  • Engage middle managers with training and development to benefit career minded individuals to improve their own performance and that of their staff
  • Grow trained leaders who will be well equipped to deal with team management issues

Entry requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements to undertake this programme however you must be working in a role with significant span of control and management responsibility. If you would like to discuss whether you can meet the assessment demands please contact us.

Membership of the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM)

As a student on this programme you will receive free studying membership with the Institute of Leadership & Management which will give you access to a range of invaluable tools and resources. Studying memberships lasts for the length of your programme or a minimum of six months.

Free resources include:

  • Learning Zone: an online toolkit with access to hundreds of management e-learning materials
  • Resource centre: browse and download thousands of management books and magazines
  • Business book summaries: overviews of more than 700 top business books
  • Edge online: the latest management news and exclusive articles direct to your inbox
  • Networking and events: specialist management events held across the UK and Ireland

Course content

You will need to achieve a minimum of 13 credits. This involves completion of the following units:

  • Managing conflict and stress in the organisation
  • Managing recruitment
  • Developing and leading teams to achieve organisational goals and objectives
  • Assessing own leadership capability and performance


You will complete written assignments, written questions, reflective reviews and learning logs.


You will be required to attend two study weekends, these are held at our Huntingdon centre.


Online lectures and tutorials will be augmented by case studies, self-directed research and study weekends. This method of learning allows for personalised, flexible study and the opportunity to work with your tutor and share experiences and ideas with fellow students.

Course length

12 months

Start dates

01/02 July 2017 or 11/12 November 2017

Study days

01 July 2017 – Understanding conflict and stress in the workplace
02 July 2017 – Recruitment and selection of staff / health & safety in the workplace

11 November 2017 – Understanding leadership / discipline in the workplace
12 November 2017 – Planning work and setting team objectives

Progression and career opportunities

This is a well-respected qualification that will be a professional addition to your CV and stand you in good stead when applying for managerial or supervisory positions. Upon completion of the Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management qualification, depending on your management experience you will become a Member (MInstLM) or Fellow Member (FInstLM) of the ILM.

This professionally recognised qualification will provide you with solid leadership and managerial skills, allowing you to make management decisions and confidently lead other staff members.

You may wish to undertake further higher qualifications in leadership and management or look at taking a related qualification such as coaching and mentoring.


Please note that course fees listed below apply to courses starting before the 1 May 2017. Fees for courses starting on, or after, 1 May 2017 will be published in due course.

We offer two different payment options; payment in full or our ‘Pay as You Learn’ monthly payment scheme – details on both of these payment options can be found here. Sources of financial help can be found on our student finance page.

Before making any financial decision it is recommended that you seek advice from an independent source, for example the Money Advice Service.

£1,775 (or £149 per month on our Pay as You Learn Scheme) plus £126 awarding body fees*

Special VPMA Offer – If you are employed in a veterinary practice you can now sign up to this course for a special price of just £1,250 (Annual Fee) or £95 per month (Pay as You Learn) plus £126 awarding body fees and also receive a year’s free Veterinary Practice Management Association (VPMA) membership. All 2015/16 TP Congress and Head Nurse Congress delegates can also enrol onto this course for the special price of just £1,250 plus awarding body fees.

 Unfortunately this programme is not available to overseas learners.

* Awarding Body Fees are recharged at cost and may be subject to change.

These are current figures and may be subject to change.

The differences in course fees reflect the level of funding that is available as a result of government policies and priorities. These may be the result of age, employment status, previous education achievements or location for example, and are outside the control of The College of Animal Welfare.

How to apply

To apply for this programme, please visit our course applications page and fill out and submit your details. You will then be contacted by a member of our administration team with full application instructions.