Role Profile

Management & Leadership has been identified as a strategic area of importance across the UK economy in both the private and public sectors. Approximately 2.8 million employees in the UK operate within management roles or require management skills.

The development of these skills has been at the forefront of Government policy over the past decade, and for good reason. These skills can make the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful organisation. Management skills are prevalent across a number of qualification levels, from team leading to strategic management and chief executive roles.

Skills & Competencies for Management & Leadership

The Management & Leadership NOS (National Occupational Standards) cover job functions at multiple levels of responsibility and complexity. They are relevant to anyone in a management or leadership role, or who undertakes management and leadership functions as part of their work.

The standards are arranged in six themes:

  • Managing Self
  • Providing Direction
  • Facilitating Innovation & Change
  • Working With People
  • Using Resources
  • Achieving Results

Management & Leadership NOS
Management & Leadership NOS (2012)
Functional Map
Functional Map (2012)


A range of vocational and academic Management & Leadership qualifications are available within the UK and internationally. A number of specific Management & Leadership vocational qualifications have been developed from levels 2 to 7.

Please find below the latest assessment strategy for Management & Leadership NVQs/SVQs.

Assessment Strategy

QCF Units

QCF units have been developed by the Management Standards Centre to cover the knowledge and skills needed by those in management and leadership roles.

Management & Leadership QCF Units

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