ILM Level 3 Diploma in Leadership and Management

Our flexible, award-winning courses and apprenticeships are perfectly packaged in a blended learning format we call Online and On Campus. So now you can choose how, when and where you want to study.

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Course overview

The Diploma in Leadership and Management is accredited by ILM. Learners study at college part-time and complete work-based projects as part of the course. This qualification is ideal for those who have management responsibilities but no formal training and are serious about developing their abilities. It is particularly suited to practising team leaders seeking to move up to the next level of management, and managers who need to lead people through organisational change, budget cuts or other pressures.

What will I learn?

The course covers a wide range of business management skills and knowledge, including organisational performance, interpersonal skills and personal effectiveness. Learners can consolidate their management skills and experience, build knowledge of specialist business areas such as finance and project management and develop the capabilities and personal awareness needed to be a leader.

Study method

Online, you will study 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 a college tutor – 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

  • Managing a Team
  • Stakeholder Relationships
  • Project Management
  • Managing Operations
  • Working with Budgets
  • Solving Problems and Making Decisions
  • Innovation and Change
  • Action Learning
  • Team Leader Development
  • Using data and information
  • Managing Equality and Diversity

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via practical work-based assignments provided by the college. 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

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their apprentices though most will be expected to hold 5 GCSEs at grade 5 / 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.


Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, there is an opportunity to study ILM courses at level 4 and up to level 7.

Career opportunities

Learners who are aspiring to a management role may progress to roles such as Team Leader, Supervisor, First Line Manager, Project Officer, Shift Manager or Site Manager.

Additional information

This Level 3 course is part of the Free Courses for Jobs initiative and is fully funded for eligible learners. Alternatively, you can apply for an advanced learner loan to cover the cost of studying this course. Please ask a member of college staff for more information.

The Diploma course will typically take 12-15 months to complete but can take less depending on the prior experience of the individual and the specification of the employer.

Workshop attendance is one day per fortnight during term time, some sessions may be virtual (this may vary depending on your chosen study centre).

How to apply

If you are considering an apprenticeship, applications can be made via our partner colleges and training providers.

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