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ILM Level 7 Certificate and Diploma in Leadership and Management

Who are these qualifications for?

The ILM Level 7 Certificate and Diploma in Leadership and Management are designed for senior managers and leaders seeking to develop themselves as leaders and managers, who recognise they must satisfy various stakeholders and who want to invest in their own personal brand. They are looking to make the best use of resources, understand the need to innovate and optimise performance. They may also have to present arguments for change, construct business cases, lead change implementation and evaluate the impact of that change

Benefits for individuals

  • Know how to use an enquiry led evidence based approach to develop your leadership and management capability
  • Develop and enhance your personal brand
  • Develop, implement and evaluate high-level, strategic, business cases
  • Embed your leadership and management development in real work

Benefits for employers

  • Senior leaders and managers who have the ability to think and act strategically
  • Senior leaders and managers who make informed evidence based decisions
  • Motivated staff who can create and maintain a high performance culture
  • Senior team members who are self-aware and take responsibility for self-development

The Certificate in Leadership and Management consists of one, flexible, mandatory unit that allows the learner to identify and work on the areas of leadership and management development specific to their own work context and of particular interest and relevance

The Diploma in Leadership and Management consists of two additional mandatory units. The first focuses on presenting arguments for change, constructing business cases and leading change implementation, the second on the creation and maintenance of high performance cultures. The Diploma is 60 credits which is equivalent to a PG Certificate and one third of a Masters in most UK university business schools


Successful completion of these qualifications can lead to a range of progression options including the following:

  • Entry onto university Masters programmes*
  • Eligibility for ILM Fellowship

* The Diploma may provide upto a third of the credit value towards a Masters qualification. Please check entry requirements directly with university


Qualification title and number Credit value Structure
ILM Level 7 Certificate in Leadership and Management (601/2510/X) 20 credits ▶ 2 hour induction
▶ At least 3 hours tutorial support
▶ One mandatory unit*
ILM Level 7 Diploma in Leadership and Management (601/2511/1) 60 credits ▶ 6 hour induction
▶ At least 9 hours tutorial support
▶ Three mandatory units from Group 1*

Rules of combination


  • One mandatory units (total credit value of 20)


  • Three mandatory units (total credit value of 60)

Overview of units

Reference Unit Title Level CV * GLH ** Mandatory ***
8617-700 Developing leadership and management capability through enquiry 7 20 30 C D
8617-701 Developing a high-level business case 7 20 30 D
8617-702 Developing and maintaining a high-performance culture and optimising resources 7 20 30 D

*Credit value. **Guided learning hours. ***C=Certificate. D=Diploma.

Learning resources

There is a range of materials available to support ILM qualifications, for full details visit Walled Garden or contact our Customer Service Team

ILM membership

All learners working towards an ILM programme receive free ILM studying membership for the duration of their qualification, or a minimum of one year, whichever is longer. ILM membership brings access to a wide range of online resources, news and information that have been specially selected to support management learning and development. It’s the ideal way to help learners get the most from their ILM programme and support their management career. Visit for more information

Our ethos

Our qualifications combine innovative design with a strong focus on workplace performance, we believe this delivers well-rounded leaders and managers with a proven ability to perform to the required standards

Contact ILM

The ILM Customer Service Team is dedicated to providing the very best in customer care. If you need guidance on any aspect of Coaching, leadership and management development, whether at an individual or organisational level, contact the ILM approved centre here at Focus Management for Business.

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