Continuing Professional Development Advanced Leaders Programme (ILM level 5)

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
Three to six months
Blended (four online and four on-campus sessions)
Course Director
Dr Selen Kars

Page last updated 23 May 2024


This eight day programme will equip you to take your leadership skills further while achieving a Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management qualification

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 programme 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.

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.

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.



This eight day programme is designed to equip you with the tools and techniques to continue to develop your leadership style. Focusing on developing your own skills, by looking at how you can review your own ability and identify potential development opportunities; motivating your team through leadership; and techniques to solve problems and inform decision making.

  • Session 1 - Introduction
  • Session 2 - High Performing Teams Day 1
  • Session 3 - Becoming an Effective Leader Day 1
  • Session 4 - Becoming an Effective Leader Day 2
  • Session 5 - High Performing Teams Day 2
  • Session 6 - Communications Day 1
  • Session 7 - Communications Day 2
  • Session 8 - Reflecting on practice and planning your future development

For further details about each of the sessions and the assignments please see our programme brochure.

On successful completion of your assignment, you will be awarded the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management.

Learning and Teaching

How is the programme delivered?

The delivery of this programme will be blended with four sessions delivered on our online learning platform and four sessions taking place at the Bristol Business School. This is located at UWE Bristol's 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 tools and workbooks to aid self-reflection and peer discussion, designed to support you further through your programme learning. You will also have full access to our online library resources, study skills support sessions, and librarian chat function.

This open programme has practical online 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.


Professional accreditation

This qualification is accredited by the ILM.

Study facilities

IT requirements

The delivery of this programme will be blended with six sessions delivered at the Bristol Business School on UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus, and two sessions delivered on our online learning platform.

To ensure you can participate fully in the sessions and access the programme materials, please see the following required computer specifications:

  • Operating system: Windows 7+, Mac OS 10.9
  • Web browser: Google Chrome is the optimal browser. However other browsers such as Firefox, safari and Microsoft Edge are also compatible.
  • Required Plugins: Adobe Flash Player
  • Additional requirements: 256 MB RAM; 20 MB free disk space
  • Internet Access - 28.8 kbps speed or above (Broadband connection highly recommended). Slower internet connections may cause issues with audio and video.
  • Soundcard with microphone and headphones (a headset with microphone/headphones is highly recommended).
  • Webcam

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Programme dates

Cohort - March 2024DateTimeLocation
Welcome sessionThursday 14 March 202410:00 - 11;00online
Session 1 - IntroductionMonday 18 March 202409:30 - 16:30Frenchay
Session 2 - High-performing teams Day 1Tuesday 19 March 202409:30 - 16:30Frenchay
Session 3 - Becoming an effective leader Day 1Monday 15 April 202409:30 - 16:30online
Session 4 - Becoming an effective leader Day 2Tuesday 16 April 202409:30 - 16:30online
Session 5 - High-performing teams Day 2Tuesday 7 May 202409:30 - 16:30online
Session 6 - Communications Day 1Monday 13 May 202409:30 - 16:30Frenchay
Session 7 - Communications Day 2Tuesday 28 May 202409:30 - 16:30online
Session 8 - ReviewMonday 17 June 202409:30 - 16:30Frenchay

Programme fees

Please see the table below for a guide to current fees and discounts available. All prices are VAT exempt. Prices and Discounts are subject to change

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

CohortMarch 2024
LocationFrenchay Campus/Online
Full Fee£2235
Payment deadline4 March 2024
Early Bird Discount£2011
Payment deadline19 February 2024
UWE Bristol Alumni Discount£2000
Payment deadline4 March 2024
UWE Bristol Staff Discount£2000
Payment deadline4 March 2024
Course Connect Partner£1788
Payment deadline4 March 2024
SME, Not for Profit and Public Sector Discount£2011
Payment deadline4 March 2024

How to apply

How to apply

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

Cohort 2024/25Booking ClosedSend an Enquiry

For further information

  • Email: Please contact us through the online enquiry form.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 81874