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NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Management

The ILM Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management has been specifically designed for middle managers with a wide span of control and accountability for performance, in particular those with:


Four mandatory units from Group A with a credit value of 23 plus

a number of optional units from Group B with a minimum credit value of 15 (no more than 13 of which may be at level 4).

Thus giving a combined minimum credit value of 38


ILM NVQs are assessed using evidence from the workplace this, could include observation, professional discussion, questioning/interviews/witness testimony, physical products

of work (such as plans, reports, correspondence etc) or other methods allowed within the QCF. Please note simulation is not allowed.

Over view of Units

Level Unit Title (Credit Value)

Mandatory Group A

5 Develop and evaluate operational plans for own area of responsibility (6)

4 Provide leadership and direction for own area of responsibility (5)

5 Plan change in own area of responsibility (6)

5 Work productively with colleagues and stakeholders (6)

Optional Group B

5 Establish risk management processes for an organisation (6)

5 Promote equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion across an organisation (6)

5 Examine staff turnover issues in own area of responsibility (4)

5 Developing collaborative relationships with other organisations (7)

5 Promote the use of technology within an organisation (6)

5 Manage health and safety across an organisation (6)

5 Monitor and review business processes (3)

5 Develop a customer-focused organisation (5)

6 Conduct a quality audit (6)

5 Manage product development and marketing (7)

4 Develop, maintain and review personal networks (4)

4 Ensure compliance with legal, regulatory, ethical and social requirements (5)

4 Manage risk in own area of responsibility (4)

4 Review risk management processes in own area of responsibility (3)

4 Implement change in own area of responsibility (6)

4 Develop working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders (4)

5 Recruit staff in own area of responsibility (4)

4 Plan, allocate and monitor work in own area of responsibility (5)

4 Support learning and development within own area of responsibility (5)

4 Address performance problems affecting team members (3)

4 Build, support and manage a team (4)

4 Support individuals to develop and take responsibility for their performance (4)

4 Know how to follow disciplinary procedures (4)

4 Managing grievance procedures (3)

4 Support the management of redundancies in own area of responsibility (3)

4 Develop and implement a risk assessment plan in own area of responsibility (6)

4 Manage physical resources (3)

4 Manage the environmental impact of work activities (5)

4 Manage a tendering process (4)

4 Plan and manage a project (8)

4 Develop and implement marketing plans (6)

4 Analyse the market in which your organisation operates (5)

4 Manage the achievement of customer satisfaction (5)

4 Prepare for and support quality audits (4)

6 Inform strategic decision making (7)

6 Support the culture of an organisation (5)

6 Lead innovation within an organisation (10)

5 Manage a budget for own area or activity of work (7)

6 Outsource organisational processes (8)

6 Manage a programme of complementary projects (8)

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