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Executive Education

Advanced Leaders Programme (ILM Level 5)

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
Eight days over 6 months
Course director:
Lynne Williams

Page last updated 27 April 2018


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 practitioners and academics, who combine cutting-edge thinking with a practical, real-world focus, ensuring our programmes meet professional and industry needs.

Course Induction

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.

Who is it for?

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.

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

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However, due to the nature of the assessments, you will be required to be in a team leader/management position to be able to draw from personal experience to complete the assessments.

Careers / Further study

On successful completion of the Certificate, you can progress to our Strategic Leaders Progarmme (ILM Level 7)

As a Higher Education Institution, we are also able to map your ILM qualification into one of our Professional Development Awards or other possible undergraduate and postgraduate awards for those wishing to develop their academic study further.



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 how your learning fits 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

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
  • Planned how you will manage 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 and 3 - Leading Innovation and Change

As the pace of change continues to accelerate, so too is the ability to get from idea to innovation quickly and effectively at a premium. This session will introduce a variety of tools, as well as divergent and convergent thinking skills, you can use with your team when you need novel ideas and to solve problems creatively

Topics covered in the session will include:

  • Principles and practice of creativity and innovation
  • Stakeholder involvement in change
  • Use of organisational analysis tools, PESTLE, SWOT etc
  • Communication and its role to overcome barriers and resistance
  • Leadership models and their role in change
  • Principles of organisational development
  • Planning techniques and tolls for planning change and evaluating outcomes

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

  • Explain the importance of innovation for your own organisation
  • Explain the importance of managing change within own organisation
  • Assess an opportunity for innovation and improvement in own organisation
  • Justify the improvement identified, in the context of organisational objectives
  • Use a range of techniques to generate innovative options to deliver the improvement identified
  • Evaluate options for generating the proposed improvement to determine feasibility and viability
  • Create a change management plan that is designed to meet stakeholders' expectations
  • Implement the change management plan, monitoring progress against agreed targets

Post session: Prepare a draft of your 'leading innovation and change' assignment after the first session for review.

Days 4 and 5 - 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 6 and 7 - The manager as a coach and mentor

Coaching and mentoring employees rather than using more traditional management techniques helps empower and enable individuals or teams to take the action they need to complete tasks to the best of their ability. Coaching and mentoring is increasingly recognised as a flexible and effective way of supporting staff.

These sessions will look to help you as managers to understand what coaching and mentoring are, how these skills fit with effective management and to acquire practical techniques to use in their everyday life.

Topics covered in the session will include:

  • Coaching and mentoring - what are they?
  • When are coaching and mentoring appropriate?
  • Knowledge, skills and attitudes?
  • Structuring coaching and mentoring conversations- requirements at each stage - Active listening; questioning; contracting, building rapport and trust building; and goal setting
  • Undertaking either a coaching or mentoring session
  • Your organisation? What required?

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

  • List the similarities and differences between coaching and mentoring
  • Describe how they could use a coaching and mentoring approaches within their role as managers and leaders
  • Analyse the critical skills, knowledge, behaviors and  attitudes required for effective ethical coaching and mentoring
  • Undertake at least one coaching or mentoring session using a given model and reflect on outcomes and own behavior
  • Discuss how to monitor and evaluate the impact of coaching and mentoring in the workplace.

Post session: Prepare a draft of your 'coaching and mentoring' assignment after the first session for review.

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:

  • Use reflective tools to identify key learning points from the leadership programme
  • Update your skills and identify further training needs

Learning and Teaching

How will I learn?

Our open progarmmes 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. 


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management

Study facilities

Our Executive Education Programmes are run at our dedicated Bristol Business Engagement Centre, providing a professional environment for your development needs. Located at Frenchay Campus, with easy access to the M4 and M5 motorways and Bristol Parkway rail station, it has four fully equipped training rooms, a communications and reception area.

To be able to fully participate in our programme, you will need to be comfortable with using the Internet and searching for information online. Session materials are presented through a number of sources including Microsoft Word, Power Point, pdf and online workbooks and discussions.

As a leaner at the UWE Bristol, you will also have full access to our library on campus and all online materials and resources. Alongside this, you will be registered onto the ILM qualification and able to register for your ILM study membership and its range of benefits.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Please see the table below for current fees and discounts available. All prices are VAT exempt.

Discounts can not be used in conjunction with each other. The greatest discount available will be applied at your booking confirmation.

CohortFull FeeEarly Bird DiscountAlumni/UWE Staff Discount
November 2018£2,050£1,845£1,743
Payment deadline 3 September 201815 October 2018
March 2019£2,050£1,845£1,743
Payment deadline 28 January 201911 March 2019

(Fees include your ILM registration and certification, car parking, lunch and refreshments)

Course dates


November 2018

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Session 5

Session 6

Session 7

Session 8


Tuesday 6 November 2018

Tuesday 27 November 2018

Wednesday 28 November 2018

Wednesday 16 January 2019

Thursday 17 January 2019

Tuesday 19 February 2019

Wednesday 20 February 2019

Tuesday 19 March 2019










March 2019

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Session 5

Session 6

Session 7

Session 8


Tuesday 26 March 2019

Tuesday 30 April 2019

Wednesday 1 May 2019

Wednesday 29 May 2019

Thursday 30 May 2019

Tuesday 25 June 2019

Wednesday 26 June 2019

Thursday 18 July 2019











How to apply

How to apply

To make a full or provisional booking for this course, please complete the relevant online booking form below:

November 2018Book NowEnquire Now
March 2019Book NowEnquire Now


For further information

  • Email: Please contact us through the online enquiry form
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 87408

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