Principles of Leadership and Management

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Who is this qualification for?

The Level 4 Diploma in Principles of Leadership and Management is designed to develop aspiring middle managers and first line managers. Learners build core skills in middle management and can access a wide range of optional study areas to help them gain specific management skills to suit their needs. This qualification also forms part of the ILM Level 4 Management Apprenticeship.

Results for you

  • Gain the knowledge to support your middle management role
  • Take control of your personal development
  • Understand change in the workplace
  • Build positive and productive relationships at work
  • Get a nationally recognised qualification.

Impact for your employer 

  • Motivated middle managers with proven ability to perform
  • Managers who can assess and improve their development
  • Better communication and collaboration in teams
  • Flexible choice of units – customise the qualification to suit your organisation.
The core of this qualification builds up the key leadership and management knowledge needed by today’s middle managers. There are four mandatory units – two looking at fully understanding the management role and developing relationships, one covering how to manage personal development and the final mandatory unit builds skills in managing and implementing change within the organisation.

Plus there is a wide selection of optional units to build management skills in variety of areas such as managing risk, planning and allocating work or managing improvement.

Full qualification details


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Credit Value

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

37 - 37

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

37 credits to achieve qualification. 27 credits from mandatory units, minimum of 10 credits from Optional Group 1, 2 or 3.

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