"On reflection I am pleased to have completed ILM 5 Diploma first before embarking on the Foundation Degree in Leadership and Management. It provided me with an opportunity to prepare myself for Higher Education and get accustomed to formal and report writing gradually rather than simply undertaking a Degree right away.
The ILM (and FD) assessed work could predominately be related directly to my normal day-to-day job, which made the assignments more interesting and meaningful and easier to achieve. This benefitted my organisation and service delivery as the academic work I was learning from and completing was applied directly to the workplace.
Having successfully completed the ILM 5 Diploma I saw the F.D. in Leadership and Management as a natural progression route. What also appealed to me was that all the hard work invested in the ILM Diploma allowed module exemptions which alleviated the amount of work I had to complete for the Degree course. This also reduced the overall costs involved making it a much more cost effective option.
As a consequence of the above, my skill set and knowledge base in management and leadership was fast tracked. As I was learning I was also becoming a much more rounded manager and progressed in areas of my own personal development, some of which included formal writing approaches and developing both service delivery and staff.
Having the same main tutor (Don Doman) for both courses was also useful as he was able to highlight areas for further development which ensured the learning did not become repetitive".
Carol Benson FdA,
Valley House Counselling Service
Author Note: In addition to the ILM Level 5 Diploma and Foundation Degree in Leadership and Management, Carol is a highly skilled counsellor, having gained a number of vocational qualifications including the 'Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy' and 'Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Practice'.
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