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ILM Level 4 Diploma for School Business Managers – for new and existing school business managers

The recently-developed ILM Diploma qualifications are closely linked to the latest ISBL Professional Standards for school business managers (SBMs) and reflect the changing roles performed by school business professionals across schools and academies.

The new Level 4 Diploma for School Business Managers features:

• 15-16 months study
• Accreditation by ILM
• Up-to-the-minute content
• Aligns with latest Professional Standards (ISBL)
• Blended learning (includes 4 x regional face to face sessions) or fully online pathways
• Level 4 full programmes start termly during 2020/21 – apply now
• Prices for full programmes include ILM accreditation
• Level 4 Individual Units also available (see details below) – apply now

These qualifications are designed specifically for school business professionals and aim to provide the knowledge and skills required to develop your career further. They will also enable school business management professionals to:

• manage school resources more efficiently and effectively
• evaluate the nature of school business operations within your school
• gain specialist expertise in business support services

The Level 4 Diploma programmes are open to all schools (and paid for directly by your school) and are separate from the apprenticeship scheme – they are not eligible for apprenticeship funding

The Level 4 Diploma is open to new or aspiring school business managers, as well as those already in post as an SBM or a similar role (such as Finance Manager, Office Manager, School Administrator, Business Support Officer, Bursar, HR Manager, etc).

Further information is available in our guidance FAQs document available under Key Documents (on right of this page). See also price list (in Key Documents, right) for latest pricing information.

Why choose to study with us? Click here to find out about our specialist expertise in delivering school business management programmes.  You can read a case study about the experience of one of our participants here.

Level 4 Blended Learning

or two staged payments of £1102 & £624


or two staged payments of £1102 & £624


Start Date: 5th May 2020


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Level 4 Blended Learning

or two staged payments of £1102 & £624


or two staged payments of £1102 & £624


Start Date: 5th May 2020


Level 4 Blended Learning

or two staged payments of £1102 & £624


or two staged payments of £1102 & £624


Start Date: 5th May 2020


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  • Aspiring SBM FAQs
  • SBM Terms and Conditions
  • Information for Headteachers and Chair of Governors
  • Price List

Useful links

  • ISBL (Institute for SBM profession)

What the participants think

" Last week was super productive, I registered for the CSBM. I spoke to the Head of the school and the business manager and now have a link school. The aspiring course gave me the confidence to make this step. Thank you."

Recent Aspiring Participant 2016

" I just wanted to say thank you for heading up the aspiring SBM course I completed recently.  The course, for me, has paid off and today I was offered my first school office manager role and as you can imagine I am overjoyed!!! "

Aspiring SBM 2016 participant

" I would just like to convey my thanks for the input you provided during this course. I found it extremely beneficial in helping me decide that being an SBM is a career move I wanted to make. I have just been successful in securing an SBM role starting in September and I really don't think I could have done it without attending the aspiring course and re-reading all the material we gathered throughout the course. "

Aspiring SBM Feb 2015 participant, to the programme facilitator


Our Programmes


Aspiring School Business Managers


School Administration Foundation Certificate (SAFC)


Level 4 School Business Professional Apprenticeship


Level 4 Diploma for School Business Managers (CSBM)


Level 5 Diploma for School Business Leaders (DSBM)


Level 6 CMDA (School Professionals)


ILM Accredited

We are an Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) Approved centre to deliver the Level 4 Diploma for School Business Managers