About The Programme

The CILG certificate in Leadership and Governance is a BTEC Level 5 qualification which focuses on breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, along with the application of professional judgment in practice. Passion for making a difference is important, but to create a lasting impact, you need more. A ‘Diploma in political leadership & governance’ from Institute Of Leadership & Governance will provide you with the skills and experiences needed to take action and achieve meaningful change.

Objectives of the Course

1. Equip students with the latest concepts and practical tools in the field of leadership and governance.

2. Instill management skills, development of successful strategies, consider ethical dimensions of strategic choice, improve performance, initiate social innovation and lead organisational change.

3. Significantly enhance your practical leadership skills, awareness, impact and overall judgment in different scenarios.


This module provides the essential decision making tools which will enable greater engagement in policy making and oversight. The course provides the methodologies and analytical tools for the interpretation of data on a variety of topics in the public sector. Students make decisions and communicate their arguments based on decision making, statistical and analytical methodology and appropriate graphics in MS Office and statistical software

This course introduces participants to key theoretical concepts in public finance and public sector economics broadly, as well as providing an opportunity to analyse applied public finance issues in the United States context. Key topics include the public sector and the role of the state in the economy, the public sector in the United States of America, public expenditure and growth, taxation – equity; efficiency; types of taxes, fiscal policy in South Africa, key social policy issues: education health; social security; poverty and inequality, and intergovernmental fiscal relations: fiscal decentralization. In addition, the course will explore aspects of performance budgeting.

This module is designed to equip learners with skills and knowledge to understand the role of United States of America in the region, on the continent and globally, as well as their diplomatic role in the sector. This course explores several interlinked themes: theoretical approaches to the study of international relations and diplomacy, globalisation, international development cooperation etc
This course, through a study of contemporary understandings of state and society, aims to develop a deep understanding of how legislatures, government institutions and agencies function, their relation to civil society and their location in local, national and regional social, economic and political contexts. It will examine the characteristics of the public service sector, the complex challenges facing it, and the meaning and implications of governance, leadership and public value for the functioning of states and public institutions. Different models of governance and leadership are explored in relation to how states and societies structure authority, distribute economic, political and social resources and create public value
This course introduces participants to fundamental economic concepts with a view to enhancing their understanding of how modern real ‐ world economies function. It explores notions of development, the state and markets and their role and implications to policy and socio ‐ economic development prospects. The role of local communities, global actors, private and non ‐ governmental sectors and the effects of processes of marketization and deregulation to developing contexts. The module highlights particular development management challenges and their impact on prospects for long term socio ‐ economic development to emerging economies like South Africa. The focus here is mainly but not exclusively on macro ‐ economic policy environment, social exclusion and capital, poverty, and gender relations. Overall, the course considers the complexities of the above and policy implications.
This course will interrogate conceptual and theoretical frameworks of public policy, examine models of public policy making; offer a framework of public policy analysis and explore policy contexts globally. The course provides students with an understanding of the special challenges facing policy development and implementation and how to overcome them. This will include technical and skills requirements for evaluating policy, managing vested interests, consultation and public relations, monitoring and evaluation, and the management of inter ‐ departmental coordination and relations
This course requires participants to engage in ‐ depth with an area relevant to their cluster work area in the broad field of governance, public or development management, and allows them to develop an in depth knowledge of the policy and development challenges of the sector. This will enable the participant to engage more effectively in debates and exercise oversight in the area.


To be awarded the CILG Certificate in Leadership and Governance, candidates will need to achieve an overall score of 65%, with a score not less than 50% in each of the seven modules

The exam is ‘closed book’, which means that printed reference materials and dictionaries cannot be taken into the examination room.

Target Group and Entry Requirements

Holders of any recognized Diploma and Advanced Diploma certificate with 5 years experience. Practitioners, managers, and staff from the society, government, and private sector are encouraged to apply.

Time frame

The duration of the programme is 2 years. There are 3 Semesters of face to face interaction each lasting 6 weeks and a final semester of 1 week.