CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

The Chartered Institute of Management (CMI) is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards of management and leadership excellence. With a member community of over 100,000, CMI gives managers and leaders, and their organisations, the skills they need to improve their performance and create an impact.

This qualification is designed for practising middle managers and those aspiring to senior management who want to develop their core management skills such as managing resources, recruitment and information management. It is a formal, professional qualification which will reinforce existing knowledge, build on current work experience and prepare for future career advancements.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course will start in September and will take 18 months to complete. However, we also offer the option to study individual modules with flexible start dates, allowing you to join the course at the beginning of each module. More information available upon enquiry.

The course is delivered on a Wednesday evening from 6.00pm - 9.00pm, at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus.

Dependent upon demand, this course can be delivered to employees directly within the workplace. This is facilitated with study that is more intensive over a shorter period.

What will I study?

With a more comprehensive structure, our level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership is taught by industry professionals and provides all the key skills and competencies you'll need to become an effective manager.

The following eight modules will be covered:

  • Principles of management and leadership in an organisational context
  • Managing performance
  • Principles of delivering coaching and mentoring
  • Managing stakeholder relationships
  • Principles of recruiting, selecting and retaining talent
  • Managing finance
  • Managing data and information
  • Using reflective practice to inform personal and professional development

You will study alongside like-minded people in classes delivered by friendly supportive tutors.

How is it assessed?

You will complete a written assignment at the end of each module studied. No examinations are required.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

This course offers direct progression from the CMI level 3 Diploma in First Line Management. However, if you do not have this qualification, your previous qualifications and work experience will be considered during the application process.

What are the course fees?

The total cost of this course is £1,724. This includes the registration fee for CMI membership.

If you are aged 19 or over, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover part of your course fees. An Advanced Learner Loan enables you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £25,725 per year. For more information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please visit our dedicated pages.

For the remaining cost, there are a number of flexible payment options available including an interest-free payment plan with a monthly direct debit payment. Visit our for more information on paying for course fees.

Alternatively, your employer may be willing to fund your course and we can invoice them directly.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon successful completion of this course you will hold a nationally recognised CMI qualification, valued by employers. You will be qualified to be able to register as a Member Grade of CMI.

You may choose to progress on to our CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Leadership and Management (Postgraduate) qualification, or pursue other academic routes with us. You can also apply for Chartered Manager status upon successful completion.

I'm interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

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Why study Management and Leadership with us?

Professional Recognition

Gain recognition for enhancing your knowledge, understanding and practice of management.


We offer progression routes from levels 3 through to 7.


For the duration of your study you will have access to all key CMI membership services.


We offer flexible study to work around your current commitments.


You will be taught by industry professional tutors.


There is opportunity to network and learn from peers across several industries.