CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management & Leadership

The CMI L5 Certificate in Management and Leadership qualification is aimed at practising or aspiring managers and leaders who are typically accountable to a senior manager or business owner. This programmes offers a variety of units that may include but are not limited to developing teams and individuals, creating operational plans, planning, and managing projects, managing change, managing finance, resources and identifying new approaches to business activities, managing quality and continuous improvement as well as managing the human resource’s function.

Academic Year: 2023/24
Course Code: 10896
Study Type: Part-Time
Education Level Higher Education
Department: Business & Management

Available Sessions

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Time: 17:00-21:00
Course Structure

The course will focus on:

  • Understanding change in organisations
  • Understanding approaches to change management
  • Understanding how to initiate, plan and manage change
  • Understanding Leadership Practice
  • Understanding Leadership Styles
  • Understanding the impact of Leadership within an organisation

Funding may be available for this course please contact us for more information.

Programmes start thought the year with various start dates. 

This course will be delivered online via MS Teams.

The course will focus on completion of a CMI Level 5 Certificate in Leadership & Management over approximately 16 weeks 3.5 hours per week, depending on which unit is being undertaken. 

General Entry Requirements

The general entry requirements below identify the minimum qualifications needed to apply for the programme. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis on application. You are required to upload a copy of your qualification certificates to show how you meet the entry requirements for the programme prior to enrolment. Applications will also require successful completion of the admissions process.

GCSE/ Level 2 Requirements

  • GCSE grade C/4 in English Language, or Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills- Communication, or equivalent in an approved alternative qualification.

Course Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 12 months experience in a middle managerial role, for example: operations manager, divisional manager, departmental manager, regional manager, specialist manager, e.g. HR manager/Business partner; finance manager, production manager, procurement manager, etc


  • A minimum of 36 months experience as a supervisor/team leader, such as Team Leader, Supervisor, Project Officer, Shift Manager/Shift Supervisor, or Foreperson.


  • A Business Owner


  • Level 3 qualification or higher. (i.e.: A level, access to higher education diploma, advanced apprenticeship, AS level, international Baccalaureate diploma, level 3 award, level 3 certificate, level 3 diploma, level 3 ESOL, level 3 national certificate, level 3 national diploma, or level 3 NVQ)


  • Have the ability to carry out independent research and complete assignments.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Alternatively, you can provide evidence of your ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process, either through Accredited Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or Accredited Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Further details on APL can be found in the HE admissions process section of our website and the HE Accreditation of Prior Learning SOP.

International Students English Language Requirements

International applicants, from Non-Native English speaking countries, must have evidence of English Language Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages:

  • IELTS 6.0 (Academic) (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • PTE Academic 51 (minimum of 46 in each part)
  • Or equivalent UKVI-approved English Language Test

For further information please contact our International Department at

Completion of 2000-2500 written assignment per unit; requires significant independent reading and academic research outside class as well as completion of assignment(s).   

For Award 1 assignment; for Certificate 2 assignments.

Requires person to have Confidence to study independently and use a variety of learning resources to carry out academic research Business Report writing/essay writing skills

Feedback will be provided by 1:1 tutorial with our Lecturers

The programme is designed to facilitate your development of a range of Leadership and Management qualities that are highly valued in the workplace. 

Successful completion of this course will provide applicants with clear pathways for progression in training and employment, into such programmes as the CMI Level 7 course available within the college.

Successful completion of this course will enable students to apply for management roles.  Students will benefit in particular from the work placement which is part of the course. 

There are no additional costs associated with this programme.


Optional modules depending on availability of programme may include but are not limited to:

  • Unit 501 - Principles of Management and Leadership in an Organisational Context
  • Unit 515 - Creating and Delivering Operational Plans
  • Unit 519 - Managing Quality and Continuous Improvement
  • Unit 524 Conducting a Management Project

Available Sessions

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Time: 17:00-21:00

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Available Sessions

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Funding may be available for this course, please contact us on to discuss if you are eligible. Additional sessions may be available for this course throughout the year. Please contact us to discuss a start date that would be suitable for you.

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Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

We strive to ensure the description of courses on SERC's website and in publications is accurate. However, for various reasons there may be occasions when the College may need to change arrangements or be unable to deliver classes due to circumstances such as reduced funding. If there are insufficient numbers applying for a course it may not be viable to deliver the class.

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