Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in Leadership and Management


About Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are structured training programmes undertaken within a working environment. They use the skills and knowledge gained through work to provide learners with recognised qualifications. Apprenticeships can be undertaken by anyone over sixteen, whether a new or existing employee, and provide a great way of gaining a qualification whilst continuing to earn a wage.

There is no fixed time frame for the completion of an apprenticeship, but each apprenticeship typically takes between one and four years, depending on its size and level of difficulty.

There are currently over 4 million people employed in Management positions in the UK, with a real need to encourage the new generation of young people to progress through the management qualifications to address the future skills needs of organisations in the UK. An Apprenticeship should go some way to addressing those skill needs, providing excellent progression routes through a variety of work based and off the job training, and with an abundance of further and higher education options, such as foundation degrees and degree courses.

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Transferable skills

Candidates seeking to undertake this apprenticeship must be able to demonstrate ability equivalent to or exceeding Level 2 in English and mathematics. This requirement may be met through the achievement of Level 2 functional skills, equivalent GCSEs, O Levels, A Levels or AS Levels, or an initial assessment which demonstrates the required ability. 

The Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in Leadership and Management is made up of the following components:

Competence Qualification



CMI Code

CMI Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management and Leadership (QCF)



Knowledge Qualification



CMI Code

CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership (QCF)




CMI Level 5 Extended Diploma in Management and Leadership (QCF)



Apprentices must complete one competence qualification and one knowledge qualification. The knowledge qualifications have been mapped and approved by Skills CfA as offering the underpinning knowledge and theory to support the competence qualification.


Apprentices must complete or have completed one of the English transferable skills qualifications and one of the Mathematical transferable skills qualifications listed below in order to successfully complete their Apprenticeship. This will carry QCF five credit values. If they do not have these qualifications as part of their evidence an Apprenticeship certificate cannot be awarded.

Minimum level or grade



Functional Skills qualification in English/ Mathematics



GCSE qualification in English/ Mathematics (with enhanced functional content)




The Employee Rights and Responsibilities component of the apprenticeship can be achieved through either:

  1. Level 2 Award in Employee Rights and Responsibilities. QAN:TBC
  2. The Skills CFA ERR workbook, available from the Skills CFA website here: The workbook has been designed to enable apprentices to work their way through a series of questions and activities which will bring the ERR to life, making the learning more meaningful and long lasting and enhancing the employability skills of the apprentice.

Progression from the CMI Level 5 Higher Apprenticeship in Leadership & Management

Higher Apprentices, with support and opportunities in the workplace, can progress onto:

  • a range of management and other professional qualifications at Level 6 and above
  • higher education to undertake management, business or other qualifications, including Degrees or Masters in Management & Leadership, Business and Business Management
  • further employment opportunities within their current job role/alternative job roles
  • specialised qualifications providing additional technical knowledge

With additional training, Higher Apprentices may be able to progress in their careers to senior management or director level roles and, in time, to chief executive positions.

For more information on Apprenticeships, including specific information for Employers, please visit the National Apprenticeship Service website at: http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk