ILM Level 3 Certificate in Leadership & Management

Business Management Courses

The ILM Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management course has been designed to give practicing or aspiring first line managers a solid foundation in their formal development as a manager. This course will equip you to demonstrate these skills and give you an internationally-recognised qualification from the Institute of Leadership and Management, the leading management body in the UK.

It will take you from potential management material to skilled manager and will demonstrate your achievement through an internationally recognised management qualification from a respected business training body.

You will explore organisational change and time management and look at a variety of leadership styles while you develop your own and learn to make decisions that show solution-oriented thinking. You'll also learn effective communication skills and look at the best way to establish and maintain excellent customer service.

A large part of your role as first line manager involves employee management, so you'll learn how to motivate your staff and develop their skills. Marketing, project management, health & safety, budgeting and managing costs will all be studied.

You will graduate with your ILM Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management and with an excellent all-round knowledge of the responsibilities of a first line manager, ready to take your place in any size of business.

Course Content

To Achieve the ILM Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management you will need to achieve a total of 13 credits from the choice of units below.

Unit Information

Understanding Marketing for Managers    (8600-330)    1 Credits

  • Understand basic marketing concepts and why they are relevant to managers. Discover how to conduct a SWOT analysis in the marketing context. Examine various elements of the marketing mix and consider how each is used within the context of the organisation.

Understanding Costs and Budgets in an Organisation    (8600-324)    1 Credits

  • Learn how to gather the information that is used to devise and also revise budgets. Discover how to monitor variance between actual expenditure and budgeted expenditure. Examine fixed and variable costs, and break even points. Study basic cost statements and explore mechanisms that organisations can use to control their costs.

Understanding Leadership     (8600-308)    2 Credits

  • Understand the different styles of leadership and the factors that affect the choice of leadership style. Consider the qualities necessary for leadership, and reflect on your own leadership qualities and potential.

Understanding the Communication Process in the Workplace    (8600-326)    2 Credits

  • Examine the communication process and learn how to overcome potential barriers to effective communication. Study the different types of communication. Consider how non-verbal communication and feedback can impact on the effectiveness of communication. Discover how to increase information awareness in the workplace.

Solving problems and making decisions    (8000-300)    2 Credits

  • Understand how to describe a problem, its nature, scope and impact. Learn how to gather and interpret information that will let you identify possible solutions to a problem. Discover how to make a decision as to the best solution. Consider how to plan the implementation and communication of this decision. Explore monitoring and review techniques that can be used to gauge the effectiveness of a solution.

Understanding Customer Service standards and requirements    (8600-306)    2 Credits

  • Discover how to identify external, internal and potential customers, and how to identify the needs of both external and internal customers. Learn how to care for the customer and how to maintain customer care standards, as well as how to maintain effective customer relationships. Consider the rights of customers and the responsibilities of organisations towards them.

Developing Yourself and Others    (8600-311)    2 Credits

  • Discover how to identify the development needs of yourself and others, as well as the learning style of yourself and others. Learn how to analyse different development options. Examine barriers to learning as well as how these may be overcome. Explore learning support options, as well as methods of monitoring the development process.

Managing Workplace Projects     (8600-320)    2 Credits

  • Discover how to determine the financial viability and potential net savings of workplace projects, as well as the non-financial costs and benefits. Learn effective project planning techniques. Gain the skills to manage projects. Discover how to monitor project performance by setting targets and objectives and employing other evaluation techniques.

Understanding Health and Safety in the Workplace    (8600-321)    2 Credits

  • Examine legislation relating to health and safety at work. Explore organisations' health and safety policies, as well as the different ways of conveying this information and providing the necessary training. Discover sources of advice on health and safety issues. Learn how to carry out risk assessments in the workplace, and how to prevent accidents. Consider the environmental responsibility of organisations.

Understanding Innovation &  Change in the workplace    (8600-301)    2 Credits

  • Understand the benefits of change and innovation for organisations, as well as the barriers to change and how these may be overcome. Examine the importance of communication in effecting change. Consider the effects of change on people and

Planning and Allocating Work    (8600-303)    2 Credits

  • Learn how to set SMART objectives. Discover how to effectively prioritise objectives and set appropriate time scales for their achievement. Understand constraining factors that could prevent you from achieving your objectives in the allotted timescale. Explore techniques that can be employed in order to monitor the progress of your objectives.

Entry Requirements

While you don't need any formal qualifications to enrol in the ILM Level 3 Leadership and Management course, you should be a practising or potential first line manager with two years' full-time (or three years' part-time) work experience, and a background which will enable you to benefit from the course. You must be aged 18 or over.

Where will I go from here?

If you're currently working in or seeking a first line management position, the ILM Level 3 Leadership and Management Certificate is a valuable management qualification which will enhance your prospects of employment or advancement, and eventually lead to better paid roles and a more lucrative career.

What will I gain?

On completion, you'll receive the ILM Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management

About the ILM

The Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) is the UK's largest management body, combining industry-leading qualifications and specialist member services.

ILM is founded on the principle that skilled managers and leaders hold the key to creating productive workforces that deliver organisational and economic success. Our qualifications and membership services combine to drive up the standards of leadership and management and improve individual and team performance.

Last year 90,000 people enhanced their leadership and management skills with an ILM qualification, while over 30,000 ambitious management professionals secured increased professional recognition and support through ILM membership.

ILM formed in November 2001 through the merger of the Institute of Supervision and Management (ISM) and NEBS Management (National Examining Board for Supervision & Management).


Assessments are a great way of checking your progress. During your ILM Level 3 Leadership and Management course, you'll complete ten assessments in total. These will take the form of either a reflective review or a work-based assignment, with your final assessment being a change management report.

Generally, assessments can be sent to us online via the ICS Student Community: it's the fastest way to receive your results.

What will I get?

Because we're experts in home learning, we offer all the support you need along the way.

You'll gain access to our study materials via our online Student Community. These materials have been specially designed for distance learning by experts in your chosen field.

You'll also have access to an experienced personal tutor both online and over the phone, ready to help you with guidance and motivation.

Being part of the our online Student Community, means you will also have access to library materials and your account information, as well as vital links with your fellow students, with the chance to discuss your work and ask questions.

Payment Options

You can either pay for your course in full or opt for a monthly payment plan.

Speak to one of our course advisors for more information on our monthly payment plans.

Additional fees

There is an ILM registration fee that is additional to your course fee:

  • ILM Registration fee: £107

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  • Hours of Study 120 hours
  • Course Code N60
  • Study Period 24 months
  • Support Period 24 months

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