CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership

Flexible, award-winning Online and On Campus courses and apprenticeships are delivered by approved CMI centres across the UK.

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Course overview

The Diploma in Management and Leadership is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Learners will complete work-based projects as part of the course. This qualification is ideal for those who are, or who wish to become, operational or departmental Managers, or existing managers who have practical management skills, but wish to develop their theoretical understanding further.

What will I learn?

The course covers a wide range of business management skills and knowledge, including organisational performance, interpersonal skills and personal effectiveness.   

Study method

Online, you will study Mindful Education’s award-winning video lessons, which are available on demand, and can be viewed from your phone, tablet or computer – meaning you can choose how, when and where you want to study. Lessons last for around 45-60 minutes and are accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Practice questions, downloadable lesson materials and interactive case studies help to enhance the learning experience further and learners should expect to spend around 3-4 hours studying independently online each week. 

On campus, you benefit from regular classes with your college or training provider – without having to commit to attending multiple evenings each week. Your tutor will review what you have learnt during your online lessons and will be on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Regular discussion with classmates will help to reinforce key points while also providing the additional support and motivation that comes from being part of a group. 

Example modules

  • Project development and control
  • Personal development as a manager and leader
  • Managing recruitment, selection and induction
  • Managing team and individual performance
  • Information-based decision making
  • Organisational financial management

How will I be assessed?

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

Entry requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprentices though most will be expected to hold 5 GCSEs at grade 5 / C or higher. Prior experience may also be considered. Learners should also have achieved qualifications in English and mathematics at a minimum of level 2 (GCSE) or equivalent. 


Upon successful completion of this course, there is an opportunity to study CMI courses at higher levels up to level 8.

Career opportunities

Learners who successfully complete the programme will be awarded a Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership and will also be eligible to register as full members of the CMI.

Roles may include: Operations Manager, Regional Manager, Divisional Manager, Department Manager and specialist managers.

Key responsibilities may include creating and delivering operational plans, managing projects, leading and managing teams, managing change, financial and resource management, talent management, coaching and mentoring.

Additional information

The duration of this course is typically 24 months but can take less depending on the prior experience of the individual and the specification of the employer. On campus attendance is one day per fortnight during term time.

How to apply

Applications can be made via our partner colleges and training providers.

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