Level 5 Diploma Management and Leadership CMI

Distance Learning management qualification awarded by the Chartered Management Institute
Duration: 9-12months | Fee: £1824| Enrolment: flexible any-time enrolment


This online CMI Level 5 Management and Leadership Diploma qualification is designed for practising and aspiring middle and operational managers who have responsibilities for resources and managing others, having other team leaders or first-line managers reporting to them.

Job titles might include: Operational Managers, Divisional Managers, Departmental Managers and Regional Managers.

The course is designed to help managers and leaders develop their skills and knowledge, in areas such as developing individuals and teams, planning and managing a project, managing finance and human resource management.

By studying the CMI Level 5 Management and Leadership Diploma you will explore all the fundamental management theories and models, and improve your practical management skills. You will:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of process and staff management
  • Strengthen problem-solving skills, benefiting your organisation
  • Show employers that you are a proficient manager, committed to your development increasing your career progression
  • Use your manager training to progress onto higher levels of study, such as a Level 7 Strategic Management Course or gain entry to an MBA

A Diploma in Management and Leadership is the benchmark qualification for full CMI membership, and takes you towards achieving Chartered Manager status.

The Level 5 Diploma can be achieved by studying eight units and is a comprehensive management development experience. It gives you a wide range of skills and competencies needed to become an effective middle and operational manager. Units selected must total 370 TUT.

We recommend that new or aspiring middle managers study the Award or Certificate.

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How it works

Your Level 5 Management and Leadership course will last for a maximum of twelve months although you can complete much sooner if you wish. Average completion is nine months.

Our courses are delivered through highly supportive distance learning using a combination of personal tutor support and access to i-cademy our on-line learning portal.

You will have 24/7 access to the on-line i-cademy portal where you will be able to access all your study resources. On the portal you will find your course text for each unit which can be read on-line or downloaded and printed. Our portal also contains additional research resources to help you maximise your study time and assignment guides to help you with assignments.

You will be allocated a tutor who will be your personal guide, mentor and coach. They will be an expert in their field and distance learning. You can be confident that their support and help will give you every opportunity to be successful. You can contact them as often as you need. You will also benefit from student membership of the CMI which will enable you to access the CMI online resource system Management Direct.

Once you have enrolled you will be emailed your joining instructions which will enable to to immediately access our learning portal and all of your learning materials. We will then allocate your tutor to you and register you with the Institute.

You will need a PC, Laptop, Notebook or tablet with sound, internet access, and meet minimum browser requirements of: Firefox 4+, Internet Explorer 8, Safari 5, Google Chrome 11, or Opera 9. You will need to disable pop-up blockers and enable cookies for the learning portal.


In order to achieve this management qualification you must successfully complete a graduate level written work-based assignment of about 3000 words for each unit studied. You have two attempts at each assignment and tutors provide full feedback to support you if you need to make a second submission.

Unit Choices

To achieve this qualification you must study units to a TUT value of 370. This can be done by completing eight units. If you wish to study more than 8 units there will be an additional charge per unit. Please contact us to discuss.

You must choose units to a minimum value of 370 TUT. The units currently available with Blueprint Management College are:


Unit Name


Principles of Management and Leadership in an Organisational Context TUT 62
Understand factors which impact on an organisation’s internal environment, how to apply management and leadership theories and the knowledge, skills and behaviours to be effective in a management and leadership role 


Developing, Managing and Leading Individuals and Teams to Achieve Success TUT 60
Understand approaches to developing, managing and leading teams ensuring a balance of skills and experience in teams alongside techniques for leading individuals and teams to achieve success.


Managing Stakeholder Relationships TUT 40
Understand the different types and value of stakeholder relationships and frameworks for stakeholder management. How to manage stakeholder relationships and measuring the impact of stakeholder engagement.


Managing Projects to Achieve Results TUT 51
The knowledge, skills and tools required to plan, implement and manage projects, build stakeholder relationships, manage resources and risk, overcome problems and challenges, report on outcomes and ensure successful project handover.


Managing Change TUT 43
Learn not only how to plan and manage change to achieve set objectives, but to do so in a professional manner with open and honest communication throughout the entire process.


Creating and Delivering Operational Plans TUT 52
Understanding how to create and deliver operational plans, including the setting of key performance indicators, how to monitor quality and outcomes against plans and how to report effectively on findings.


Managing Risk TUT 53
Understand the scope and purpose of business risk management. Understand types of business risks, the governance and approaches for managing these effectively, and how risk management can be implemented successfully.


Managing Finance TUT 56
Understand how financial systems within an organisation operate and the decisions that need to be made based upon financial information. Learn about sources of finance for organisations, and the principles for setting and managing budgets.


Using Reflective Practice to Inform Personal and Professional Development TUT 44 Understanding how to use reflective practice to analyse performance, decision making, leadership and management skills to identify opportunities for on-going development of the knowledge, skills and behaviours to manage and lead in a variety of organisational settings.

More unit choices will be added shortly

NB There are a number of barred unit combinations:

  • Unit 502 cannot be selected with the following units: 503, 505 , 511, or 526
  • Unit 526 –‘Principles of Leadership Practice’ cannot be selected with the following units: 501 or 502

What’s included: Fees are fully inclusive and cover:

  •  24/7 access to our on-line portal
  • all study materials – we don’t make extra charges for these
  • assignment guides to help you with assignments
  • unlimited, pro-active support from your own experienced personal tutor for the course duration
  • registration with the CMI for the qualification
  • student membership of the CMI and access to CMI Management Direct knowledge base
  • VAT

Enrolment There are two options:

  • pay in full – for which a small discount in already included in the price
  • Pay by instalments options – only available to individuals paying their own fees

If your employer is paying for your fees and requires an invoice first please download an enrolment form, complete and return it to us. To enrol and pay on-line please use the payment links below.

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