Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management and Leadership


Price £916


The NCFE Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management and Leadership is a competence-based qualification. A competence-based qualification is based on National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is a job-ready qualification which requires learners to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to work in a specific industry. A competence-based qualification must be assessed in the workplace or in a realistic work environment (RWE) in accordance with the relevant assessment strategy.


This is a regulated qualification. The regulated number for this qualification is 601/4034/3.


This is a cross-sector qualification aimed at current and prospective managers and leaders. This qualification covers the skills needed to be a successful manager/leader, covering competencies applicable to a wide range of contexts.


This qualification may be eligible for funding.



Things you need to know


  • Qualification number (QN): 601/4034/3
  • Aim reference: 60140343
  • Total Qualification Time (TQT): 530
  • Guided learning hours (GLH): 237
  • Credit value: 53
  • Level: 5
  • Assessment requirements: internally assessed and externally moderated portfolio of evidence


Aims and objectives of this qualification


Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management Leadership aims to:


  • provide learners with the skills they need to operate as a successful manager
  • confirm competence of those already fulfilling a senior managerial role
  • allow learners to develop skills in a range of areas relevant to senior managerial roles, such as business process, strategic change and risk management.


The objectives of the Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management Leadership are to help learners to:


  • develop the skills and qualities valued in employees by employers
  • understand and work on their strengths and weaknesses as a manager.


Progression opportunities


This qualification can provide progression to further qualifications at Level 5 or higher in the same and related subject areas.


It may also be useful to learners studying qualifications in the following sectors:


  • Business
  • Customer Service
  • Retail
  • Leisure, Travel and Tourism.


Progression to Higher Level Studies 


This qualification aims to provide learners with a number of progression options, including higher-level studies at university or FE colleges. The skills required to progress to higher academic studies are different from those required at Levels 1 and 2. Level 5 qualifications enable the development of these skills. Although there is no single definition of higher-level learning skills, they include:


  • checking and testing information
  • supporting your points with evidence
  • self-directed study
  • self-motivation
  • thinking for yourself
  • analysing and synthesising information/materials
  • critical thinking and problem solving
  • working collaboratively
  • reflecting upon learning and identifying improvements.

Level 5 criteria can require learners to analyse, draw conclusionsinterpret or justify, which are all examples of higher-level skills. This means that the evidence provided for the portfolio will also demonstrate the development and use of higher-level learning skills.




To be awarded the NCFE Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management and Leadership, learners must achieve a minimum of 53 credits:


  • a total of 22 credits from Group A
  • a minimum of 23 credits from Group B
  • and the remaining credits can come from Group B or Group C


A minimum of 30 credits must be achieved at level 5 or above.


Group A mandatory units


  • Unit 01 Contribute to the development of a strategic plan (5 credits)
  • Unit 02 Design business processes (5 credits)
  • Unit 03 Manage strategic change (7 credits)
  • Unit 04 Provide leadership and management (5 credits)


Group B optional units


  • Unit 05 Establish business risk management processes (5 credits)
  • Unit 06 Promote equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion (5 credits)
  • Unit 07 Develop and manage collaborative relationships with other organisations (5 credits)
  • Unit 08 Optimise the use of technology (6 credits)
  • Unit 09 Manage product and/or service development (5 credits)
  • Unit 10 Develop and maintain professional networks (3 credits)
  • Unit 11 Develop and implement an operational plan (5 credits)
  • Unit 12 Encourage learning and development (3 credits)
  • Unit 13 Discipline and grievance management (3 credits)
  • Unit 14 Develop working relationships with stakeholders (4 credits)
  • Unit 15 Manage a tendering process (4 credits)
  • Unit 16 Manage physical resources (4 credits)
  • Unit 17 Prepare for and support quality audits (3 credits)
  • Unit 18 Conduct quality audits (3 credits)
  • Unit 19 Manage a budget (4 credits)
  • Unit 20 Manage a project (7 credits)
  • Unit 21 Manage business risk (6 credits)
  • Unit 22 Manage knowledge in an organisation (5 credits)
  • Unit 23 Manage redundancy and redeployment (6 credits)
  • Unit 24 Lead the development of a quality strategy (4 credits)
  • Unit 25 Lead the development of a continuous improvement strategy (5 credits)
  • Unit 26 Manage strategic marketing activities (7 credits)
  • Unit 27 Manage the impact of work activities on the environment (4 credits)
  • Unit 28 Recruitment, selection and induction practice (6 credits)
  • Unit 29 Lead the development of a knowledge management strategy (7 credits)


Group C optional units


  • Unit 30 Manage Health and Safety in own area of responsibility (5 credits)
  • Unit 31 Contribute to the design and development of an information system (5 credits)
  • Unit 32 Manage information systems (6 credits)
  • Unit 33 Manage events (6 credits)*
  • Unit 34 Review the quality of customer service (4 credits)
  • Unit 35 Developing sales proposals (5 credits)
  • Unit 36 Prioritising information for sales planning (3 credits)
  • Unit 37 Manage customer service operations (7 credits)

The units above marked * are available as stand-alone unit programmes and are available for individual registration.

To achieve the NCFE Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management and Leadership, learners must successfully demonstrate their achievement of all learning outcomes and assessment criteria of the units as detailed in this qualification specification.


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