Level 5 Diploma for School Business Leaders

Level 5 Diploma programme details 

Launch of new ILM school business management programmes!

New for 2018 – Introducing the brand new ILM accredited programmes for school business managers

Level 5 Diploma for School Business Leaders – for experienced school business managers

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

The new Level 5 Diploma for School Business Leaders features:

• 15 months study
• Accreditation by ILM
• Up-to-the-minute content
• Aligns with latest Professional Standards (NASBM)
• Fully online study pathway
• Planned start date Autumn 2018
• Prices include ILM accreditation

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

These newly-designed programmes are open to all schools and are separate from the trailblazers apprenticeship scheme.

The Level 5 Diploma is open to experienced school business managers (or those in similar roles) who work closely with their SLT members.

Further information will be available on this page soon. See price list (in Key Documents, right) for pricing information.

Who can apply?

We suggest that you should either be, or want to be, a SBM currently performing all or part of the SBM role at either senior administrator or management level, working within, or closely with, the senior leadership team (SLT).  You will need the support of a school in order to carry out work-based study. It is important that the SLT are willing to share information with you in order to help your studies. Please contact us if you need to discuss your eligibility for the most appropriate programme.

We recommend that you complete the Level 4 (formerly CSBM) programme prior to undertaking the Level 5 programme, although we do welcome applications from those who would like to proceed directly to the Level 5 . In these cases you will be asked to provide further information about your professional and academic background as part of the application process.

Need more information? Please see the links under Key Documents panel (on the right) to print or download helpful documents (these will be uploaded soon).

The Level 5 Diploma is accredited by the Institute for Leadership and Management (ILM) – for more information please click here 

  1. Full Programme

    The new Level 5 full programme consists of four mandatory units (Leading Support Services, Procurement, Finance and Marketing) which are studied over approximately 15 months using a variety of distance learning methods. These activities include interactive online units, WebEx sessions (web conferencing) where you will ‘meet’ your facilitator and other participants in your study group, online research and online networking.  See FAQs document for more programme details (under Key Documents, right).

    Details regarding the next intakes can be found by scrolling to the foot of this page. 

  2. Individual Unit

    Individual units in 2018 are available for pre-arranged groups only.

    Please contact us first to discuss options and prices if you want to study an individual unit(s) first. Individual units are only offered to pre-booked groups (LA groups, MATs, or teaching alliances, etc., minimum numbers apply).

    (Note: you cannot complete the full programme via individual units alone – please contact us to discuss your options).

Ready to apply?

We aim to offer the first intake of the Level 5 Diploma for School Business Leaders in an online format next Autumn 2018 (subject to numbers).

Level 5 Diploma for School Business Leaders (fully online) – single advance payment will cost approx. £1700 (+ VAT). Includes ILM accreditation. See Price List (Key Documents) for further information.

If you are interested in this new Level 5 Diploma programme please email sbmpartnership@serco.com to register your interest by 29th March 2018.  We will update you regarding the application process and start dates in April 2018.

Register your interest now! Please email: sbmpartnership@serco.com




All elements of the course from the face to face, online learning and further reading worked well in creating a good all round knowledge of the subject. I have found this knowledge very useful in the workplace and feel that it has greatly enhanced my performance

Current Level 5 participant, who has just completed Phase 2

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