CMI Level 3 Diploma in Principles of Management and Leadership

Flexible, award-winning Online and On Campus courses and apprenticeships are delivered by approved CMI centres across the UK.

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Course overview

The Diploma in Management and Leadership is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Learners will complete work-based projects as part of the course. This qualification is suitable for those who are, or wish to become, team leaders and/or supervisors. This includes individuals who are at the start of their career that wish to become team leaders/ supervisors as well as those aspiring or existing managers who may already have developed practical experience but who wish to develop their theoretical understanding of management skills further.

What will I learn?

The course covers a wide range of business management skills and knowledge, including organisational performance, interpersonal skills and personal effectiveness. 

Study method

Online, you will study Mindful Education’s award-winning video lessons, which are available on demand, and can be viewed from your phone, tablet or computer – meaning you can choose how, when and where you want to study. Lessons last for around 45-60 minutes and are accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Practice questions, downloadable lesson materials and interactive case studies help to enhance the learning experience further and learners should expect to spend around 3-4 hours studying independently online each week. 

On campus, you benefit from regular classes with your college or training provider – without having to commit to attending multiple evenings each week. Your tutor will review what you have learnt during your online lessons and will be on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Regular discussion with classmates will help to reinforce key points while also providing the additional support and motivation that comes from being part of a group.

Example modules

  • Principles of management and leadership
  • Managing a team to achieve results
  • Building stakeholder relationships using effective communication
  • Contributing to the delivery of a project
  • Managing daily activities to achieve results
  • Managing budgets and resources
  • Managing data and information
  • Managing own personal and professional development

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via practical work-based assignments provided by your college or training provider. This ensures you minimise time away from work and that you undertake work study which is relevant to your own organisation’s context.

Entry requirements

The entry criteria for learners is typically 5 GCSEs at grade C or higher. Prior experience may also be considered. Learners should also have achieved qualifications in English and mathematics at a minimum of level 2 (GCSE) or equivalent.


On successful completion of a Level 3 Qualification in Principles of Management and Leadership, several progression opportunities become available:

  • Progress to other qualifications at the same level (e.g. from Level 3 Award to Level 3 Certificate etc.)
  • Progress to other qualifications at the next level (e.g. from Level 3 Certificate to Level 4 or 5 Certificate)
  • Apply to become a Chartered Manager

Career opportunities

Learners who are aspiring to a management role may progress to roles such as:

Team Leader. Supervisor, Project Officer, Shift Manager or Foreperson.

Key responsibilities may include creating and delivering operational plans, managing projects, leading and managing teams, managing change, financial and resource management, talent management, coaching and mentoring.

Additional information

This Level 3 course is part of the Free Courses for Jobs initiative and is fully funded for eligible learners. Please ask your college or training provider for more information. 

This diploma course will typically take 12 months to complete but can take less depending on the prior experience of the individual and the specification of the employer. On campus attendance is one day per fortnight during term time.


How to apply

Applications can be made via our partner colleges and training providers.


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