Level 5 CMI Management Programme

The Level 5 CMI Leadership & Management programme developed by ascento, is a 24 month programme that is suited to individuals working in a in Operational / Departmental Management roles. This is likely to be someone who manages teams and or projects, and achieves operational or departmental goals and objectives, as part of the delivery of the organisation's strategy. Key responsibilities may include creating and delivering operational plans, managing projects, leading and managing teams, managing change, financial and resource management, talent management, coaching and mentoring. 

The qualification will equip individuals with the key skills and competencies to progress in to more senior levels and is a step to achieving Chartered Manager status. Throughout the programme we explore the theory behind subject matters as well as the practical application in the workplace. 


"Because it's there!" (George Mallory)

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Base Camp

Programme Induction

This first session will provide delegates with a full induction to the two year management programme. It will outline student expectations, programme content and the assessment requirements for the programme.

Leadership & Management Skills

Delegates will examine the basic knowledge, skills and competencies required to become an outstanding manager and leader. The session will also aim to develop the knowledge and skills required to manage personal and professional development.

Understanding Your Strengths & Areas for Development

Upon completion of this unit, delegates will be able to identify personal and professional development requirements and fulfil their own personal and professional development plan. Learners will also be able to maintain a personal and professional development plan ensuring its relevance to their role as a manager.

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Camp One

Leadership in Practice

This unit will help managers analyse the specific elements of creating and communicating the vision of the organisation and determine the role of the leader in being able to communicate the vision and engage in the process. The impact of the leader as a role model and the importance of values and trust will be explored along with comparing various leadership styles and their impact upon others.

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Camp Two

Managing Team & Individual Performance

This unit will focus on your own organisational context and explore the notion of the 'golden thread' that joins vision, mission, values and strategic objectives to the setting of team and individual performance goals. The session will explore the identification of team and individual objectives and the importance that trust, support and challenge play in achieving them. It will examine systems for recording performance and examine methods for giving feedback to improve results. 

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Camp Three

Organisational Financial Management

In this unit the learner will use the context of their own organisation to assess how financial systems and the financial function interact and relate to other systems within the business. They will conduct an analysis of financial information contained in a set of accounts and learn how to use this to inform decision making. Budgetary processes will be explored, as will financial systems to compare budgets to actuals. The module will also focus on the external factors that can impact upon an organisations finances.

Managing Recruitment Selection & Induction

During this unit learners will begin to understand the legal framework that impacts recruitment and selection as well as understand the organisational policies, procedures and processes that can be utilised to ensure that they recruit the right candidate. The session will explore various recruitment and selection methods and provide learners with a toolkit of ideas to support the effective recruitment and selection. The process of creating an effective induction programme will also be explored. 

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Camp Four

Project Development & Support

This unit will explore the component stages and lifecycle associated with a large scale project. From initiating the project through to planning, executing, monitoring, controlling and closing, all aspects will be examined in order to prepare you for your final piece of work..."the project"

Information Based Decision Making

The second part of this module will explore the nature of data and information required to make informed and effective decisions. Methods and models for supporting accurate decision-making will be examined along with the various methods for effectively presenting and communicating decisions to others. You may even have to carry out some presentations. 

Before starting the Level 5 Leadership & Management programme, I thought I had a good understanding about my role as a senior manager. The programme however, allowed me to explore new ideas and develop my skills far beyond what I had expected.

The expertise and knowledge of the ascento tutors has been invaluable and they went above and beyond guiding me and supporting me in my development. Completing this course has enabled me to achieve several promotions and has opened my mind to the future of management.

I would like to thank you for providing and supporting me with a truly first class service.

Tim Bonfield Ministry of Justice

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The Project

The final stage of your Level 5 Diploma will require the delivery of an organisation specific project designed to lead to business change, innovation or improvement. During your final six months you will design and deliver the project, utilising the knowledge , skills and behaviours learnt throughout the two-year programme.

The final 6 months of your programme will involve the completion of the project. Additional support days will be provided for regular project progress reports and support.


This unit will also aim to prepare you for your final end point assessment where your knowledge, skills and behaviours as a manager will be assessed. It will also include:

  • Regular reviews of performance between the learner and a senior manager
  • Feedback from the line manager, peers and direct reports and customers / stakeholders
  • A Continual Professional Development (CPD) Log
  • A work-based project, completed within the final 6 months of the programme. The project topic will be agreed between the employer, provider and learner, and will be of benefit to the business.

Once the above have been completed the employer, learner and our tutors will need to recommend each learner is put forward for a final end assessment by the Chartered Management Institutes assessment team. This end assessment will include:

  • Review of portfolio
  • Test set by CMI
  • Presentation and question / answer session
  • Interview and professional discussion