Course introduction

This award is designed to help students understand the meaning of leadership by finding out about different leadership styles, skills and qualities. Students will also be able to develop their leadership abilities as they will be given the opportunity to take on a leading role for an activity. The award is designed to be flexible and is suitable for any S6 student involved in leadership activities within school. It may also be suitable for certain S5 students who display leadership potential at this stage.

Course progression

  • Level 6 Award Leadership

Course description

The Award has two Units:

  1. Leadership an Introduction (20 hours),
  2. Leadership in Practice (40 hours).

In Leadership an Introduction, students carry out research so they can find out about leadership (different styles, the skills and qualities found in effective leaders) and produce a report on their findings. They will then evaluate their own potential for leadership.

In Leadership in Practice, students will take a leading role in an activity. They will prepare to carry out the activity by thinking about all the factors involved (resources, people, time, risk etc). Then they will carry out the activity, monitoring progress and making changes as needed. At the end, they will review the experience, and draw conclusions about themselves as a leader.

Delivery of the award takes account of the needs and aspirations of each individual student. Students will have different levels of experience in relation to leadership and therefore their ability to take on a leading role will vary. Methods of delivery will include class teaching, class discussion, debate, group activities, research, practical and project work.

Individual study is essential both in school and at home.


Evidence is gathered throughout the year to show that students have successfully completed all the tasks within the Units. Evidence can be included in a single folio of work relating to each task for each Unit.

The assessment evidence can be presented in any form appropriate to the student and the activity undertaken. Written and/or recorded oral evidence may be produced in a variety of formats.

Future Progression Routes in Subject

Students who undertake this Award could expect increased employment opportunities following on from the transferable skills and knowledge developed within this Award. This qualification provides progression routes to further education, training or employment.