Diploma Management and Leadership

Diploma Management and Leadership

Higher National Qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the needs of employers. The Diploma in Management and Leadership (SCQF level 8) is jointly certificated by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and enables learners to pursue an advanced level of leadership and management.

The diploma focuses on organisational leadership and development, management research, strategic planning and implementing change. The wide range of optional units includes Decision Making for Managers, Business Culture and Strategy, Managing Strategically in a Global Environment, Economic Issues, Business Law, and Managing Financial Resources.

This qualification is available through colleges and is typically offered on a part-time basis.

The Diploma in Management and Leadership is a recognised qualification that is respected by employers across many industry sectors. While undertaking the diploma, learners are eligible for 12 months free studying membership of the CMI. On achievement of the diploma, learners are eligible for Associate (ACMI) membership of the CMI.

Why deliver this qualification

SQA has developed Higher National Qualifications in partnership with colleges, universities and industry — so employers recognise that they provide sound evidence of ability.

The unit-based structure supports flexibility. A unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

The diploma provides progression routes to further study (see Progression).

Who does this qualification suit

The Diploma in Management and Leadership is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • adult returners to education
  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • people who wish to start their own business

Access

As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • any relevant Scottish Group Award at SCQF level 5 or 6 (National 5 or 6 Higher)
  • any two National Qualifications at Higher together with three Standard Grade passes at 3 or above
  • an SVQ at Level 2 or 3 in a relevant area
  • relevant current work experience

Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, vocational qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may also be acceptable.

Candidates for whom English is not their first language are recommended to obtain English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) level 6 or a score of 5.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

In addition, candidates should possess good communication and analytical skills, along with a desire to attain the professional and personal attributes of a leader/manager.

Progression

The Diploma in Management and Leadership can provide opportunity to progress to degree-level study. Universities will consider entry on an individual basis.

The diploma is designed to provide learners with the skills and knowledge to enter a range of roles across all industry sectors.

Approval

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority are required to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

Centres interested in offering this qualification are required to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide. The specific delivery requirements are set out in the Group Award Specification (Arrangements Document).

How to assess

Each individual unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for each unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Current

Qualification Structure

Diploma in Management and Leadership

Group Award code: GP56 48 (48 SCQF credit points)

The Diploma in Management and Leadership at SCQF level 8 consists of mandatory units (32 SCQF credit points) and two optional units (16 SCQF credit points).

Group Award Specification

GP56 48 (819 KB)

Lapsing

This group award has been replaced and has entered into its lapsing period.

The finishing date for this qualification is 31/07/22

Centres should note that when a group award is entered into its lapsing period, the following will apply:

- The group award will be deleted from the relevant catalogue.

- The group award arrangements document will remain until the qualification reaches its finish date at which point it will be removed from SQA’s website and archived.

- No new centres may be approved to offer the group award.

- Centres should only enter candidates whom they expect to complete the group award during the defined lapsing period of three years (HNC) and four years (Diploma).

Qualification Structure

Diploma Management and Leadership  Qualification Structure (14 KB)

Group award code: GF6G 48 (18 SQA credits/144 SCQF credit points)

Diploma in Management and Leadership at SCQF level 8 consists of 13 mandatory credits (104 SCQF credit points) and a number of optional units (40 SCQF credit points).

Group Award Specification

Title: HNC Management/Diploma in Management
Code: GF5V 15/GF6G 16
Date: Version 02 (February 2013)
Download: HNC Management/Diploma in Management Arrangements Document (235 KB)

Internal Assessment Reports

Support Materials for Candidates

A range of candidate support packs and interactive activities is available to assist candidates. Click on the link for the interactive activities. You can obtain support packs from your tutor.