CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership (RQF)

Study level: CPD/Short courses

The Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership gives you a broader knowledge of middle management skills while focusing on the specific leadership areas appropriate to you and your workplace.

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CU Coventry (Coventry)
100% online study

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Start date

January 2025
March 2025

Course overview

The Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership gives you a broader knowledge of middle management skills while focusing on the specific leadership areas appropriate to you and your workplace.

The Level 5 qualifications in Management and Leadership are designed for middle managers and those aspiring to senior management who want to develop key skills such as managing resources, recruitment and information management.

We focus on the personal development of the individual learner’s management capabilities and competencies.

We offer two routes for you to gain Chartered Manager Status depending on your experience and qualifications. Further information is available on the CMI site.

What will I learn?

We offer a range of academic and technical theories that will compliment your existing management experience, enhancing your managerial and business skills and enabling you to approach your managerial tasks with confidence.


For the certificate, you will need to complete two or three of the modules listed below to receive 13 credits minimum.

501: Principles of Management and Leadership in an Organisational Context

Being equipped with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to manage and lead in a variety of organisational settings is essential if an individual and their organisation are to succeed. 

This module has been designed to enable learners to evidence their ability to understand the impact of an organisations structure and governance on management and leadership. Learners will evidence how theoretical models, management and leadership approaches and styles can be applied in work settings. They will review the knowledge, skills and behaviours to be effective in the role and propose how a culture of mutual trust, respect and support can be developed in teams.

502: Developing, Managing and Leading Individuals and Teams to Achieve Success

This module has been designed to enable learners to evidence their ability to lead individuals and teams to success. The assessment focuses on the theoretical and practical approaches to developing, leading, and managing teams as well as the knowledge and skills required to evaluate team capabilities, analyse recruitment processes, staff selection and learning and development activities. On successful completion of the assessment the manager will appreciate how individuals and teams can be supported, motivated and inspired to exceed expectations.

516: Planning, Procuring and Managing Resources

Inadequate resourcing can impact on the ability to achieve objectives; whilst being over resourced has financial implications. 516 has been designed to enable managers to understand and respond to the challenge of managing and monitoring resources. Learners will understand the importance of effective and efficient resource use, identify and plan resource requirements and know how to procure resources in line with regulatory requirements.

519: Managing Quality and Continuous Improvement

Quality may be defined as excellence, capacity, grade, worth or meeting customer expectations.  Whilst the definition for quality can easily be found in a dictionary it is much harder to develop and maintain. Module 519 looks at the challenge of developing quality within organisations. It focuses on embedding continuous improvement into working practices. On successful achievement of this unit learners will understand the scope and purpose of quality management, approaches, tools and techniques for managing quality and how to judge its success.

520: Managing Finance

Being equipped with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to manage finances within an organisation is essential if an individual and their organisation are to succeed. Module 520 has been designed to enable learners to evidence their ability to understand how to how financial systems within an organisation operate and the decisions that need to be made based upon financial information. Learners will evaluate the sources of finance for organisations and understand the principles for setting and managing budgets in line with regulatory and organisational guidelines. 

524: Conducting a Management Project

Research into approaches to management and leadership can lead to dynamic results. Innovation, product development, performance improvement, change, customer service excellence, strategy and problem solving are just some of the results.  Without research business can stagnate.

This assessment brief has been designed to enable learners to conduct management research which will have an impact on organisational practice. It is expected that learners will plan and manage a genuine project in the workplace or an academic enquiry relevant to an identified business need or challenge.

How you'll learn

Teaching contact hours

This programme will be delivered on:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6pm-9pm (Online)


Assessment is normally via practical work-based assignments. This ensures you minimise time away from work and that you undertake work study which is relevant to your own organisation’s context.

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Typical entry requirements

You should possess good numeracy and literacy skills before starting the qualification. GCSE Maths and English at Grade C are desirable, relevant work experience or a CMI Level 3 or 4 qualification.

Fees and Funding

The fee for 2024-25 is £600.

Each module fee is £300. By completing any one module students qualify for an Award, a combination of any two modules a Certificate and all six modules for a Diploma. Included in the fees is CMI membership for the duration of the course.

You may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. Visit the Advanced Learner Loan website for full information and to check your eligibility.

How to apply

Online application form

You can book now by completing this online application form.

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    2UK and international opportunities

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    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

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