Advanced Leaders Programme - ILM Level 5

Bristol Business School

Bristol Business School


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Who should attend

Our Advanced Leaders Programme (ILM Level 5) is designed for individuals who are practising middle managers or current first line managers aspiring to progress in their management career. This programme will help you to develop your skills and experience, improve performance and prepare you for more senior management responsibilities.

About the course

At Bristol Business School, our portfolio of open programmes offers you and your business a flexible learning solution. We have a range of programmes covering a wide range of topics, including Finance, Strategy, Marketing, Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring, Innovation, and Design Thinking, among many others. Our programmes are delivered by experienced academics and practitioners, who combine cutting-edge thinking with a practical, real-world focus, ensuring our programmes meet professional and industry needs.

Our Advanced Leaders programme is an exciting progarmme leading on from our New Leaders Programme (ILM Level 3), designed to give those looking to progress their career in management further, opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge to succeed in their role as an effective manager.

The programme gives you space to work closely with your peers to explore real life examples you will bring to the development days. Structured over a six month period, it allows you to take away your learning in the delivery sessions and look to apply your learning in the workplace and most importantly reflect on this and gain feedback from the tutor and peers, ensuring that you not only learn tools and techniques to being an effective manager, but provide the chance to apply and assess these during the programme.

Successful completion of your delivery days and assessments will see you achieve an ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management to help boost your CV and add to your personal development in the workplace.

What do I get out of it?

Benefits to you:

  • Use core management techniques to drive better results
  • Develop your ability to lead, motivate and inspire
  • Provide strategic leadership as well as day-to-day management
  • Benchmark your managerial skills
  • Develop an understanding of your role as a coach or mentor in the workplace
  • Raise your profile in your organisation
  • Work with peers on examples from your organisations

Benefits for your organisation:

  • Encourage strategic thinking at this level of management to foster business improvement
  • Engage middle managers with training and development this qualification is designed to provide clear, measurable benefits to career-minded professionals
  • Combines theory and practical activities on real issues and problems developing capacity to apply and critically evaluate both theory and practice
  • Developing leadership and people skills will enhance the performance of individuals and the teams that they manage
  • Empower employees to manage change more effectively
  • Demonstrate recognition by investing in employees learning and development


Programme Structure

Day 1 - Getting to know us and each other, identifying learning needs

The first day will include introductions to the programme, your fellow participants, the tutors and to the university. It will encourage you to reflect on your own leadership and management capabilities.

This session will also include an introduction to the library and to the support systems available to you whilst working with UWE Bristol towards your qualification.

Topics covered in this session will include:-

  • Understand what learning is
  • How to manage your learning on the programme
  • Understanding your assignment criterion and how you will be assessed
  • Understanding how your learning will fit within your organisational context,
  • Identifying what might get in the way of your learning and methods to overcome these challenges
  • Making the most of the resources around you, identifying learning opportunities

By the end of the day, you will be able to:

  • Have clarity over how you want to use the programme to support your development as a manager
  • Have identified the most effective conditions to support your learning
  • Created an action plan to support your learning over the next 6 months
  • Considered how you will use the resources available to you at UWE and within your organisation

Days 2 - Project Management

Working with a live project from your organisational context we will work through the problem solving cycle, introducing a range of project management tools and techniques to support your work

Topics covered in the session will include:

Project sponsorship, stakeholder analysis and critical relationships The role of communication within projects , creating a communication plan The project life cycle Project management tools Using GANTT charts and Critical path analysis Methods for reviewing project progress and success By the end of the sessions, you will be able to:

Scope the project Identify key stakeholders and create a communication plan Create a draft project plan using a GANTT Identify your development requirements in relation to project management Identify development opportunities to support your learning Post session: Prepare a draft of your 'Project Management in the Organisation' assignment after the first session for review in day 6.

Days 3 and 4 - Becoming and Effective Leader

It is recognised that, to become an effective leader, it is important to be aware of 'difference' such as, different employees responding to different leadership styles and different situations demanding different responses. These two days look to support you to increase your knowledge and understanding of different leadership styles in relation to your own leadership practice and your own preferences. New insights into 'self', practice and theory.

Topics covered in the session will include:

  • The roles and responsibilities of leaders and managers
  • Some leadership theories, their use and their usefulness
  • Emotional intelligence and the importance of knowing yourself and your preferred leadership style
  • The importance of flexibility
  • Theory and practice of motivation, delegation and empowerment

By the end of the day, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate your own ability to use a range of leadership styles, in different situations and with different types of people, to fulfil the leadership role
  • Use theories of emotional intelligence to review the effect of emotions on your own and others' performance
  • Review your own ability to set direction and communicate this to others
  • Review your own ability to motivate, delegate and empower others
  • Produce a personal development plan to improve your own ability to lead
  • Post session: Prepare a draft of your 'Becoming an Effective Leader' assignment after the first session for review

*Days 5 - Understanding the role of effective communication in the workplace *

This session will look to help you as managers to evaluate your own communication style, review different methods of communication and understand how key interpersonal skills fit with effective management . This session will be highly interactive to acquire practical techniques to use in their everyday life. We will ask you to bring along examples of communication from your everyday working practice and will provide you with the opportunity to explore how you can develop your skills further.

Topics covered in the session will include:

  • Communication theories, including the communication cycle and overcoming barriers
  • Different types of communication, including verbal, written, visual and electronic and their relative advantages and disadvantages and use in the organisation
  • Non-verbal communication, such as body language and facial expression
  • Need for feedback, and implications of not receiving feedback

By the end of the day, you will be able to:

  • Explain the relevance of the communication cycle for effective communication in manage men
  • Explain the importance of selecting an appropriate tone, language, and level of formality in management communications
  • Assess the effectiveness of a range of verbal and written communication methods within your area of the organisation
  • Develop appropriate criteria to evaluate own ability to communicate effectively
  • Evaluate your own communication skills as a manager, identifying strengths and areas for improvement
  • Post session: Prepare a draft of your 'management communication' assignment after the first session for review.

Days 6 - Project Review

This second session will be a practical session focused on supporting your project requirements, following on from day 2. You will be expected to bring evidence of engagement in project planning and a draft of your assignment for this unit. The session will be designed to meet your emerging needs.

Days 7 - Courageous conversations dealing with difficult situations in the workplace

Working with development areas identified in day 5, participants will be given the opportunity to explore situations within their leadership practice which they find difficult to manage e.g. conflict management, giving feedback, delivering bad news

Topics included in this session will include a selection of topics from the following list :-

  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Delivering bad news in an organisational context
  • Managing conflict
  • Questioning and listening
  • Influence and persuasion

Participants will leave the session able to:

  • Apply a feedback model in practice
  • Prepare for and deliver a difficult communication within their organisation
  • Use active listening and powerful questioning to explore perspectives and viewpoints

Day 8 - Reflecting on practice and planning your future development

This final session will provide you with the opportunity to reflect on your learning on the course. Working together, you will then look to identity how you plan to take this forward in your role and workplace, implementing your personal development plan

Topics covered in the session will include:

  • Putting your learning into practice
  • Identifying opportunities to develop competence
  • Reviewing progress
  • Identifying mechanisms to gain feedback on your progress
  • Understanding the value and purpose of reflective practice

By the end of the sessions, you will be able to:

  • Update your skills profile and identify further training needs
  • Reflect on your learning and the practical application of your learning in your work
  • Review your personal development plan and consider future learning requirements.

Learning and Teaching

How will I learn?

Our open progammes are practical development days designed to give you an opportunity to look, analyse and discuss with our tutors and your peers the subject area and explore possible approaches and tools and techniques available to use. Alongside each face-to-face session you will have will have access to online tools and materials, designed to support you further through your learning of the ILM unit.

Study time

What commitment do I have to make?

You will be required to attend all face-to-face sessions and structure your own personal learning time, to build on what you learn in the sessions. You will also be required to complete your ILM assessments to set submission dates.

On successful completion of your qualification you will be invited to join us at our ILM award celebration event to collect your certificate and celebrate your achievement.


ILM assessment

To achieve the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management as part of this course, you will be required to complete three unit assessments by the given submission dates.


Advanced Leaders Programme - ILM Level 5 at Bristol Business School

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