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Diploma in Management & Leadership

The Diploma in Management & Leadership is ideal for existing managers looking to gain a formal qualification in their field or for aspiring managers starting out in the industry.

  • Tuition fees: £1,205 - £6,750
  • Programme level: SCQF level 8
  • UCAS code: ALM3
  • Start date: September or January
  • Study mode: Full-time, Part-time
  • Duration: 2 years

What will I study?

The Diploma is the second year of a 2-year programme in Management & Leadership focussing on the management principles such as leadership and managing people as well as business, economics and marketing to give you a grounding in all aspects of management and leadership.

The Diploma can prepare you for a career (or further studies) in a number of specialist areas, for example, Human Resource Management, Marketing, and Financial Services.

What will I learn?

  • Develop the skills required of a manager and to build and develop the practical knowledge and skills that allow you to face the day to day challenges of the modern workplace
  • Develop your knowledge and skills required for employment in a management environment
  • Build the key skills of personal resilience, confidence and empathy
  • Establish a working knowledge of the key functional areas that shape leadership roles and build a set of practical skills that you can take to the workplace
  • Develop the skills required of a manager to connect with co-workers, peers, customers and other stakeholders
  • Enable you to contribute within an organisation and undertake leadership responsibility for a given area/project or idea
  • Apply leadership skills in a range of organisational settings

Programme information

Entry requirements for year 2 entry

See HNC in Management & Leadership for year 1 entry

  • Successful completion of the HNC in Management & Leadership PLUS
  • 2 Highers or equivalent and National 5 Maths or equivalent
  • Relevant National Qualifications or National Qualification Group Awards at SCQF level 5 or 6

English Language requirements 

Teaching takes place solely in English and you must demonstrate that their English language proficiency is at a level that will allow you to follow your intended programme successfully.

If English is not your first language you must hold a qualification as evidence of your English language skills. Full details of the qualifications we accept, can be found here.

Student Visa requirements for study in the UK

The UK Government approves certain English language qualifications as being Secure English Language Tests (SELT). These meet the government’s requirements for visa applications.

Al-Maktoum College will accept the following:

  • IELTS – 6.0 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component and 6.0 in writing) or equivalent
  • LanguageCert – B2 or equivalent

Full entry requirement information can be found here

Successful completion of the HND in Management & Leadership may allow you to progress to year 2 of a related degree programme or alternatively into employment.

View the full University articulation routes here.   

The HNC and Diploma in Management & Leadership prepare learners for entry to a wide range of positions in employment.


  • You will have 12 hours of class time per week with an additional 12 hours of independent study expected
  • Classes take place on a Monday and Tuesday.
  • Classes will be in the form of lectures and small group tutorials


Assessment will be through reports, essays, and case studies as well as presentations, group assessments, exams and projects.

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