Management & Leadership

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 skills1. The development of these skills has been at the forefront of Government policy over the past decade: they really can make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful organisation. Management skills cross a number of qualification levels, from team leading to strategic management and chief executive roles.


Our suite of National Occupational Standards (NOS) has been developed to cover all Management & Leadership-related job functions. The NOS cover the functions at a number of levels of responsibility and complexity. They are relevant to anyone who has a management or leadership role, or who undertakes management and leadership functions as part of their work. The standards are organised in six themes:

  • Managing self
  • Providing direction
  • Facilitating innovation and change
  • Working with people
  • Using resources
  • Achieving results

Management & Leadership

We also have the following resources to support you in the use of the standards:

Matrix of Skill

Glossary Matrix

Functional map


A range of both 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.

Full details of all available qualifications in England, NI and Wales can be found at the Register of Regulated Qualifications. For qualifications in Scotland please visit the SQA.

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

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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