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St Andrew's RC High School

Respect, Happiness,
Confidence and Ambition

S5-6 Leadership Award

Ambition, Confidence, Happiness and Respect.


The Leadership Award develops knowledge of leadership skills, styles and qualities. It is designed for learners who take, or plan to take, a leading role in their activities. Available at SCQF Levels 5 and 6, the Award allows individuals to build self confidence and self esteem and encourages learners to respect the cultures and beliefs of others working alongside them. The Leadership Award is endorsed by the Chartered Management Institute.

In this course, the emphasis is on learning through doing and it is an opportunity for you to find out more about yourself and others. This course allows you to build your self-confidence and selfesteem, further develop your team working and communication skills and respect the cultures and beliefs of others working alongside you. 

This course aims to develop your understanding of what it means to be a leader. You will take a leading role in an activity of your choice and reflect on your choices, challenges and leadership style over the course of the year. 

What do I need for this award?

Unit 1: ‘Introduction to Leadership’ (20 hours)  

In this Unit, you will carry out research to find out about leadership principles and the leadership styles skills and qualities found in effective leaders. You are required to produce two reports on your findings and evaluate your own potential for leadership. You must also show that you have reflected on your own capacity for leadership.  

Unit 2: ‘Leadership in Practice’ (40 hours)  

In this Unit, you will take a leading role in an activity. You will prepare to carry out the activity by considering the factors involved such as resources, people, time and potential risks. You will then carry out the activity, monitoring progress and making changes as needed. At the end, you will review your experience, drawing conclusions about yourself as a leader. You must store all evidence in a folio.   

Your folio will be made up of meeting logs, photos, comments, evidence of things you have created as part of your activity and anything else which helps show your involvement in your activity as a leader.  


How do I achieve this qualification?

You will need evidence to show that you have successfully completed all three tasks in this unit. 

Task 1:   

Find out information about leadership  

To do this you will have to: 

  • Gather information on leadership (ie principles, styles, skills and qualities) from a variety of sources and seminars. Keep all of your work and notes with this booklet.

Task 2:   

Reach conclusions about what makes an effective leader.  

To do this you will have to: 

  • Compare the skills and qualities which can be found in at least two effective leaders.
  • This should be based on your findings from task one.
  • Give examples to support the skills and qualities that you have identified. And draw conclusions on what makes an effective leader.

Task 3:   

Evaluate your own potential for leadership.  

To do this you will have to: 

  • Evaluate your own skills, qualities and experiences in relation to leadership.
  • Using examples, draw conclusions about these skills, qualities and experiences.

This information will be based on your leadership role in your chosen activity. You will reflect on your leadership style, the decisions you made, the challenges you faced and whether or not you succeeded in your goals.