The ILM Level 5 Award in Management, ILM Level 5 Certificate in Management and ILM Level 5 Diploma 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. 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.
The Diploma develops a comprehensive range of basic middle management skills, assisting participants in gaining the knowledge required at this level. The qualification builds on the Award and Certificate, though is more suited to the practising manager. The additional mandatory units cover ‘critical thinking’ – evaluating theory against reality – and ‘leading innovation and change’ – identifying opportunities for development and exploring the impact of organisational change on stakeholders.