Basic Award

Designed to develop knowledge and understanding of leadership, this basic course includes modules aimed at practicing or potential first line managers.

Leadership and management are often talked about in ways that suggest the two skills are interchangeable. This course will enable you to explore what leadership is and learn how the skills of leadership can significantly improve your skills as a manager.

Course Aims and Objectives

Designed to develop knowledge and understanding of leadership as required by a practising or potential first line manager.

The aim will be achieved by developing skills which:

  • Understand leadership styles.
  • Understand leadership qualities and review own leadership qualities and potential. 
  • Understand how to develop and maintain effective working relationships
  • Understand how to build a team
  • Know how to identify development needs
  • Know how to develop self and others to achieve organisational objectives

By the end of this course participants should be able to:

  • Describe the factors that will influence the choice of leadership styles or behaviours in workplace situations.
  • Explain why these leadership styles or behaviours are likely to have a positive or negative effect on individual and group behaviour
  • Assess own leadership behaviours and potential in the context of a particular leadership model and own organisation’s working practices and culture, using feedback from others.
  • Describe appropriate actions to enhance own leadership behaviour in the context of the particular leadership model.
  • Explain the benefits of effective working relationships in developing and maintaining the team
  • Describe behaviours which could develop and maintain trust at work
  • Explain the role of communication in developing effective team working
  • Explain the difference between a group and a team
  • Describe the stages of an established model of group formation and explain how a manager could benefit from knowing team members preferred roles as defined in an established team model.
  • Identify own learning style(s) and the learning style(s) of another member of the team.
  • Use a simple technique for identifying own development needs and the development needs of another member of the team.
  • Identify potential barriers to learning and explain how barriers to learning can be overcome.
  • Briefly analyse learning/development options to meet need(s) of self and another member of the team
  • Identify support mechanisms for the development of self and another member of the team.
  • Prepare a development plan to achieve a learning objective for self or another team member.
  • Describe a method that could be used to monitor the development of self and another member of the team


The below timetable details the general expected course schedule:

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

Day Five


(four hours)


(four hours)


(four hours)


(four hours)

Workshop Induction

(30 minutes)

Workshop A

(three hours, 30 minutes)


Induction: 1 hour
Teacher contact: 16 hours (lead by Tutor)
Workshop contact: four hours (lead by Mentor)
Self-directed: six hours

Qualification total time: 27 hours

Scheme of Work

The below table details the course modules.  

Module 001 Understanding leadership in the maritime domain
Module 002 Establishing an effective team at sea/ashore
Module 003 Developing yourself and others at sea/ashore.