Level 3 Diploma in Management

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Who is this qualification for?

The ILM Level 3 Diploma in Management (Combined Qualification) is ideal for individuals looking to take their first step into line management and for those who already have some management responsibilities. This combined knowledge and competency based qualification will build and develop new skills to enhance their management career. The qualification also forms part of the ILM Level 3 Management Apprenticeship.

In Autumn / Winter 2021, ILM is launching new apprenticeship diplomas at levels 3, 5 and 7 that fully map to the version 2 assessment plans for leadership & management apprenticeships.

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Results for you

  • Develop your portfolio of essential management skills
  • Take charge of your personal and professional development
  • Get an in-depth understanding of what is expected of a manager
  • Manage your team effectively
  • Get a recognised qualification for your personal development.

Impact for your employer

  • First-line managers with proven competence in the role
  • A broad selection of optional units to tailor the qualification to suit your organisations’ learning and development needs
  • Promote a culture of organisational learning and development.
Focus on the skills you need

Learners take five mandatory units in this qualification. The first unit looks at personal and professional development, helping the learner to identify their own development needs and plan how to fulfil them. The second unit develops practical team management skills. And the three remaining units of this section delve into the theory behind people management, leadership and business.

Learners can then work with their employer and training provider to find the best-fit from the other units offered in the qualification.

Full qualification details


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Credit Value

The range of credits a learner must undertake to gain this qualification

55 - 55

Details of the qualification, learning time involved and criteria a learner must satisfy

55 credits to achieve this qualification. 31 credits from mandatory units (300-304), a minimum of 17 credits from Group 1 (305-316, 401-404, 406, 408-417) and a maximum of 7 credits from Group 2 (208, 211, 215, 317-324, 421, 423). Minimum of 41 credits through completion of Level 3 units or above.

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