Level 4 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Leadership and Management

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The knowledge, personal abilities and technical skills you need to be an effective manager

Who is this qualification for?
This qualification is designed for new and aspiring department heads, regional team leaders and other middle managers – really get to grips with the role, gain comprehensive business knowledge and develop the skills you need to lead at this level.
Results for you
  • Consolidate your management skills and experience
  • Build knowledge of specialist business areas such as finance and marketing
  • Develop the capabilities and personal awareness you need be a leader
  • Accredit your experience with a nationally recognised qualification
Impact for your employer
  • Middle managers with an advanced understanding of their role and function in your organisation
  • Managers who can assess and improve their own leadership styles and behaviours
  • Flexible choice of units – customise this qualification to close skills gaps in your organisation

Focus on the skills you need
This qualification is available as a concise Award, a broader Certificate and a comprehensive Diploma. Each unit in this qualification focuses on a specific set of skills and knowledge, in six broad areas.

  • Working with people – a range of units including how to motivate your team and techniques and strategies to develop the people you manage
  • Managing yourself and personal skills – including units that focus on assessing your own leadership performance, and developing the mental toughness to handle challenges, opportunities and stresses in your role
  • Providing direction – for example, the skills to plan and lead a complex team activity
  • Facilitating innovation and change – for example, assess the implications of change so you can manage it effectively, and strategies to encourage innovation in your teams
  • Achieving results – such as techniques for making strong, effective decisions and finding and implementing solutions
  • Using resources – including solid abilities to plan and control budgets

Work with your employer or training provider to find the units that best fit your individual and organisational requirements.

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Credit Value

The range of credits a learner must undertake to gain this qualification

13 - 36

Details of the qualification, learning time involved and criteria a learner must satisfy

Time commitment: minimum 19 hours of structured learning (depending on the units selected), plus self-study, project work and assignments. There are no mandatory units and a wide range of optional units. Learners must attain a minimum of 13 credits and no more than 36 to achieve this qualification.

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