ILM Level 2 Award inLeadership & Team Skills

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The ILM Level 2 Award in Leadership & Team Skills is a short, concise qualification, specially designed to give you a solid foundation in formal leadership skills.

It's perfect for you if you're a team/cell leader who's new to the role, or if you're an aspiring leader who wants to gain a solid understanding of the principles and practicalities of team leading.

The Award in Leadership & Team Skills will give you a basic knowledge of the various roles, functions and responsibilities of a team leader and the limits of their authority and accountability.

At only 22 guided learning hours, this qualification is the perfect way to develop yourself as a team leader in a short amount of time. Plus, if you decide to progress to the full ILM Level 2 Certificate in Leadership & Team Skills, this Award counts towards the bigger qualification.

Structure of Qualification

To achieve the ILM Level 2 Award in Leadership and Team Skills, you need a total of 3 credits from a choice of units. 

You'll complete the mandatory unit (worth 1 credit) and make up the remaining 2 credits from a choice of optional units. You could take two units worth 1 credit each, or take one 2 credit unit.

Mandatory Unit (1 Credit)

  1. Developing Yourself as a Team Leader


Optional Units worth 1 Credit 

  1. Improving the Performance of the Work Team 
  2. Developing the Work Team 
  3. Working within Organisational and Legal Guidelines 
  4. Maintaining a Healthy and Safe Work Environment
  5. Briefing the Work Team


Optional Units worth 2 Credits

  1. Business Improvement Techniques 
  2. Planning and Monitoring Work 
  3. Understanding Change in the Workplace 


Unit Details

Mandatory Unit: Developing Yourself as a Team Leader        1 Credit

  1. In this unit we aim to look at ways in which you can keep developing your skills and knowledge. The unit is divided into two sections. In the first section we reflect on what a team leader does. In thinking about this we'll be thinking about the role, and also the accountability that the team leader has within an organisation. In the second section we're going to think about ways to identify needs for development and then how these needs can be met.

Improving the Performance of the Work Team        1 Credit

  1. In this unit we’re going to look at a specific part of the team leader's role - the role of 'motivator'. Motivation is related to the overall performance of the team. Here we’re not just going to look at motivation - we’ll also look at the wider role of performance management. We'll think about the ways that a team leader should manage performance, and how the team leader should address any issues of concern in relation to performance. We'll then look at motivation, and setting objectives. Finally, we'll look at some specific examples of problems that can occur with performance.

Developing the Work Team        1 Credit

  1. In this unit we'll look at the nature of the team. A team is made up of a number of people, who typically come from different backgrounds with different skills and experiences. The team leader is responsible for getting that team together and making them operate effectively. The team leader is also responsible for looking after the people in the team, and helping and advising them as necessary. So, we’ll start this unit by thinking about the definition of a team, how it develops, and what responsibilities there are in the team. In the second section we’ll focus more on the development of the team and think about how we can identify and meet training and development needs.

Working within Organisational and Legal Guidelines        1 Credit

  1. It's always important to ensure that all we do in the workplace abides by the law. There are a number of different laws that are relevant to our work - consumer law, company law, health and safety law. In this unit we’re concerned with employment law. The area of employment law has grown considerably over recent years, and is an increasingly complex area. Although, it would not be possible for us to cover all that there is in employment law in this unit, we’re going to try to understand four important areas of employment law.

Understanding Change in the Workplace        2 Credits

  1. In this unit we’ll focus on this topic of change. We’ll think about the nature of the changes that are constantly happening in our organisations, and we’ll try to understand why those changes happen. We’re then going to think about the team leader's role in managing change.

Maintaining a Healthy and Safe Work Environment        1 Credit

  1. The focus of this unit is ensuring that employees are healthy and safe at work. However, the scope of this unit does also reach beyond just health and safety. We’ll also be looking at the 'health' of the environment, and how organisations impact this. In recent years there's been a growth in the concern that organisations and individuals are damaging the environment. Hence, we’ll be looking at how this can be reduced.

Briefing the Work Team        1 Credit

  1. In this unit we’re going to look at the skills required to give a relatively formal team briefing. We’re not going to presume that the briefing is just to the team - we’re going to think about others who might want to attend the meeting. We’re also going to look at ways to give a presentation within the team briefing, and consider visual aids that might be used.

Business Improvement Techniques        2 Credits

  1. In this unit our focus will be the never-ending mission to achieve. We’ll start by looking at issues associated with quality and the need for continuous improvement. In looking at this we’ll thinking about ways in which the team leader can encourage contributions from the team.

Planning and Monitoring Work        2 Credits

  1. The task of 'getting the job done' is what we focus on in this unit. We'll start the unit by looking at the process of setting objectives and targets and then think about how this is done, and some of the difficulties that can occur with setting targets. We’re also going to think about policies and procedures, and how they influence the work that the team does. We'll then take some time to think about the team. We use the term 'team', but we have to acknowledge that the team is a group of people made up of different skills and abilities, strengths and weaknesses. How do we bring this group together to ensure they can work effectively as a team?

You'll benefit the most from this course if you're a practicing or potential team leader with two years full-time (or three years part-time) work experience.

You don't need any formal qualifications to enrol on this course, but you must be 18 or over.

If you have any disabilities which you believe may impact your studies or assessments, please inform your Course Advisor before enrolment so that we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

If you're currently working in or seeking a team leader position, this valuable qualification will enhance your prospects and could eventually lead to better paid, higher ranking roles.

Once you've completed the Level 2 Award in Leadership & Team Skills, you could progress to the full Level 2 Certificate, which covers more units and therefore gives you more comprehensive knowledge and wider-ranging leadership skills. This Award counts towards the credits you need to achieve the Certificate, so you're already part of the way there.

We believe in making learning accessible and affordable for all, so you'll have the option to pay for your course through an interest-free payment plan. You'll be able to get started right away with a small deposit and pay the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can pay your balance off sooner if you choose.

If your company will fund your course, we can help you arrange this.

Speak to our course advisors for more information on our payment plans.

Extensive Resources

Once you enrol, you’ll have access to our Student Community, which will allow you to see your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your assignments and connect with your fellow students. 

Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field. You'll work through step-by-step units so you can easily keep track of your progress.

You'll have the opportunity to join a live induction webinar when you start your course. It's designed to help you navigate your way around the student community, to offer you help and support, and most importantly to give you a warm and friendly welcome to ICS Learn. We usually hold one a week, and you can attend any one that suits you.

You’ll have access to a huge range of resources that will aid your studies, including:

  1. Interactive Resources
  2. Progress Checks
  3. Peer Discussions
  4. Personal Journal
  5. Awarding Body Resources

Unlimited Support

You’ll be assigned an expert academic tutor who'll be with you from enrolment to graduation. Their support is unlimited and you can contact them by phone or via the Student Community. They’ll answer any questions you have about coursework, study materials, and assessments, and help you work through any part of the course you’re stuck with.

They’ll also give you test papers and mock exams to ensure you’re ready to pass your exams. All your papers will be given constructive feedback so you know exactly what your strengths are and what you can improve.

Our dedicated student support team will be on hand to assist you with administrative tasks, using the Student Community, and any other non-academic queries you may have.

Each unit has an end-of-unit assessment that must you must complete. They'll be in the form of short-answer questions and written tasks.

In addition to your course fee, you'll need to pay:

  1. ILM registration fee: £79