College of Management and IT (CMIT)ILM Diploma in Leadership & Management (UK Level 7)

ILM Diploma in Leadership & Management (UK Level 7)

Online Courses - Distance Learning
Start date: Continuous Intake

Course description

Course Details
This ILM Diploma in Leadership and Management is specifically designed for senior managers and leaders who want to develop themselves as leaders and managers, who recognise they have to satisfy various stakeholders and also want to invest in their own personal brand. They may manage the day to day operations and activities, and in doing so seek to make the best use of their resources, understand the need to innovate and have a constant awareness of the need to optimise performance.

They may also have to present arguments for change, construct business cases, lead change implementation and evaluate the impact of that change. The Diploma is 60 credits is equivalent to a Post Graduate Certificate and one-third of a Masters in most UK university business schools.

The ILM Diploma course is assessed through assignments, the completion of a business case and a research-based project. This project may be on a variety of topics across a range of strategic areas.  By choosing to study this course with CMIT, Students have 24×7 access to CMIT eLearning for the duration of the course. This includes a comprehensive Course Manual, Interactive Forums (with other learners), Online Library, Videos, Quizzes and personalised Tutor Support.

The course documentation for this course is detailed and easy to read. You will also be able to upload assessments online and receive online feedback. You can use the eLearning system from any computer that has internet access.
Who should complete this ILM Level 7 (UK) / 9 (Ire) diploma course?

  • Experienced Managers: This course is ideal for experienced managers looking to enhance their leadership skills, strategic thinking, and decision-making abilities to excel in senior management roles.
  • Aspiring Executives: Individuals aspiring to reach executive-level positions in organizations can benefit from this course to gain the knowledge and competencies required for top leadership roles.
  • Entrepreneurs and Business Owners: Entrepreneurs and business owners can use this course to develop a strategic mindset and effective leadership techniques to drive the success and growth of their enterprises.
  • Management Consultants: Professionals in the field of management consulting can deepen their expertise and credibility by completing this advanced diploma, making them more valuable to clients and organizations.
  • Career Advancers: If you are looking to advance your career in various industries, including business, government, or non-profit sectors, this course can provide you with the skills and qualifications needed to stand out in competitive job markets.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites
As this is comparable to a Level 9 (Ireland) Certificate qualification, there are a number of eligibility requirements for entry to this programme.

  • Academic Experience: Level 7 or 8 (Ireland) qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications. This qualification can be in any field of study. Learners who hold qualifications issued outside the Republic of Ireland will be required to submit evidence that their qualification is recognised as being of the required equivalent level on the National Framework of Qualifications.
  • Work Experience: Where a Learner does not hold a level 7 or 8 qualifications, they must have 5 years’ experience in a Senior Management role.
  • Technical Skills: Learners are required to be proficient in the following: (1) Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and (2) advanced internet skills.
  • Language Skills: Learners are required to have excellent written English skills as all assignment and project work will require the use of professional business English. Learners who have not been educated to a minimum of level 7 in English will be required to complete an English language test on enrolment.  If you are a non-native English speaker you will be required to take an English language proficiency test.
  • Self-directed Learning: Learners will be expected to take responsibility for the self-directed learning activities on the course and must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
  • Learners must hold a valid Irish PPS number or UK Social Insurance number.
  • For technical requirements required to access CMIT eLearning click here>

Am I eligible to enrol on this ILM Diploma course?

Read each of the following statements and answer Yes or No.  If you answer Yes to all the questions, then you are eligible.  If you wish to discuss with us, please contact the Student Support Team in the college, at 01-2865783.

  1. I am in a management role.
  2. I have a Level 7 or 8 Qualification which is on or aligned to the NFQ in Ireland and/or a minimum of 5 years in a senior management role.
  3. I am a fluent English speaker.
  4. I have excellent written business English skills.
  5. I can use a computer to produce documents, spreadsheets, presentations.
  6. I use online services (examples include social media, online shopping, online banking etc.)
  7. I will be able to undertake a strategic research project in my organisation as part of the course of learning.
  8. I will have access to stakeholders in order to present the findings of my research project and obtain feedback.
  9. I am capable of studying on my own initiative, and I understand that I will be required to complete additional research and reading as part of my studies on this programme.
  10. I have read the technical requirements and am satisfied that I meet these
Topics covered in this ILM Diploma course
Unit 1: Developing and maintaining a high-performance culture

  • Management v. Leadership
  • Leadership development
  • Leadership skills audit and action planning
  • The Balanced Scorecard

Unit 2: Developing a high-level business case

  • Internal and external drivers of the business case
  • Evaluating options
  • Non-financial benefits
  • Financial analysis
  • Recommendation and rationale
  • Implementing the Business Case

Unit 3: Developing leadership through enquiry

  • The purpose of EBR
  • Defining the research problem
  • Defining research objectives
  • Secondary research
  • Primary research
  • Developing conclusions and recommendations
  • Devising action plans
  • Stakeholder Impact Analysis
  • Communicating your report and recommendations


  • Learners are required to complete to create a business case for a planned improvement in your organisation. It is expected that the learner will implement / partially implement this improvement during the programme so that they can evaluate the impact of their business case.
  • Learners will also be required to undertake an enquiry based Research project in their work environment. This will require learners to formulate a problem statement, design and conduct in-depth research, interpret and analyse the findings of their research, devise and develop conclusions and recommendations and communicate their findings and proposed recommendations to various stakeholders of the organisation.
  • All work submitted must be the learner’s own work. There is no exam for this course.
  • As part of our quality assurance, learner assessment work will be marked by an Internal Assessor, then checked by an Internal Verifier and an External Verifier.

Transfer and Progression to Further Studies

  • Learners who successfully complete this programme may build on the units achieved towards another recognised ILM qualification.

ILM Membership

  • All registered candidates automatically become studying members of the ILM for 6 months, free of charge, and can enjoy a range of member benefits.


  • CMIT is registered and approved with ILM to offer programmes leading to ILM qualifications.
  • UK: Following successful completion of this course, you will receive an ILM Diploma in Leadership and Management (Level 7 UK) from the Institute of Leadership and Management. This qualification is on the UK Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF).
  • Ireland: This qualification is comparable to an award at level 9 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). The basis for this comparison is detailed in the following guide: Qualifications can cross boundaries – a guide to comparing qualifications in the UK and Ireland.
  • Europe: This qualification is fully recognised as the equivalent of a Level 7 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

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