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Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management

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Qualification fee and dates

Registration close date Start Date End date Fee
15th March 2014 15th May 2014 15th November 2015 £1990
15th June 2014 15th August 2014 15th February 2016 £1990

 This qualification is expected to run for the last time in August 2014

Further details about a replacement qualification will be available during summer 2014


Size of qualification

This qualification has a minimum credit value of 53

The Level 5 NVQ Diploma Management Qualification Structure Information page will show how a learner must achieve these credits through a combination of mandatory and optional credits.

To register

To register for this qualification you need to complete a pre-registration assessment questionnaire and a registration agreement form. These prompt you to consider all the aspects involved in undertaking a supported distance learning qualification and to seek permission from your organisation to collect evidence in the workplace. To find out more about registering please click here ‘How to Register’

Supported distance learning

To achieve this Level 5 NVQ Diploma you will work through a series of 10 modules. Each module is structured with set activities to enable you to:

  • Gather evidence for the qualification
  • Receive guidance on how to present your evidence
  • Understand how to use the eportfolio system

You will have access through VQLearner Home to online resources and other Open University courses to help you develop knowledge and understanding for the qualification. You will also receive support from the VQAC Learner Support Team and your allocated assessor.

How long will it take?

When you register, you will see that your qualification has a stated end date. You can complete your qualification sooner than the end date if you are able to submit work regularly and at a good pace.

If you do not complete your registered qualification by the stated end date you may be able to apply for an extension which will incur additional fees.

Qualification content and how it is assessed

Successful completion of this qualification will enable you as a middle manager to:
Identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills to address broadly defined, complex problems, including taking responsibility for planning and developing courses of action as well as exercising autonomy and judgement within broad parameters.  It also reflects understanding of different perspectives or schools of thought and reasoning behind them.

Mandatory units:

The mandatory credit in this diploma (23 credits) is included in the 4 mandatory units.
Each unit in the diploma is split into learning outcomes with associated assessment criteria.

Optional units:

The remaining 30 credits can be made up from a range of units from the Optional Unit Group B.

Recognition of prior learning

Learners completing NQF NVQ units may, on a case by case basis, be eligible for RPL where the unit is unchanged.  In addition, recognition of prior learning/achievement can include unpaid work such as charity or committee work which can provide evidence to meet the QCF national occupational standards based unit of assessment and the requirements of the management and leadership functions.

The qualification structure 

Credit transfer

An added advantage of successfully achieving your Level 5 Diploma is that you will be able to apply to transfer credit points from this qualification towards The Open University BA/BSc degree.

You can find out more about this at