ILM Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management

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Develop your skills and confidence in leading a team

Awarded by the Institute of Leadership & Management, this professional qualification will develop your skills in a variety of areas to give you confidence to lead your team through the spectrum of management challenges that can arise.

This blended learning course offers a combination of online learning and study days allowing for home study with regular tutorial support and college-based lectures on key topics.

You will gain a range of key management skills and build on your leadership capabilities by learning how to motivate and engage teams and confidently manage relationships.

Hannah Forrest"I found the course to be both challenging and enjoyable. The scenarios considered were very realistic often relating to workplace experiences with which I had been personally involved. For this reason the whole course has been of very real practical use to me in my work." 

Hannah Forrest RVN

Benefits to employers

  • Effective and confident leadership
  • Better team relationships and communication
  • Proven skills – to achieve this qualification, your employee will need to show that they can apply their new skills to your organisation

Entry requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements to undertake this programme.

We welcome applications from both those who are working in a supervisory/leadership role and those who are looking to gain this qualification to progress into such a role. If you are in the latter situation please note that you must have the opportunity to meet the assessment demands – please contact us if you have any questions about this.

Membership of the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM)

As a student on this programme you will receive free studying membership with the Institute of Leadership & Management which will give you access to a range of invaluable tools and resources. Studying memberships lasts for the length of your programme or a minimum of six months.

Free resources include:

  • Learning Zone: an online toolkit with access to hundreds of management e-learning materials
  • Resource centre: browse and download thousands of management books and magazines
  • Business book summaries: overviews of more than 700 top business books
  • Edge online: the latest management news and exclusive articles direct to your inbox
  • Networking and events: specialist management events held across the UK and Ireland

Course content

You will need to achieve 13 credits. These include completion of units such as:

  • Understanding leadership
  • Planning and allocating work
  • Setting team objectives in the workplace
  • Understanding stress management in the workplace
  • Understanding conflict management in the workplace
  • Understanding discipline in the workplace
  • Understanding recruitment and selection of new staff in the workplace
  • Understanding health and safety in the workplace


You will complete written assignments, written questions, reflective reviews and learning logs.


You will be required to attend two study weekends, these are held at our Huntingdon centre.


Online lectures and tutorials will be augmented by case studies, self-directed research and two study weekends. This method of learning allows for personalised, flexible study and the opportunity to work with your tutor and share experiences and ideas with fellow students.

Course length

One year

Start dates

01/02 July 2017 or 11/12 November 2017

Study days

01 July 2017 – Understanding conflict and stress in the workplace
02 July 2017 – Recruitment and selection of staff / health & safety in the workplace

11 November 2017 – Understanding leadership / discipline in the workplace
12 November 2017 – Planning work and setting team objectives

Progression and career opportunities

This is a well-respected qualification that will be a professional addition to your CV and stand you in good stead when applying for managerial or supervisory positions. Upon completion of the Level 3 Leadership and Management qualification, depending on your management experience you will become an Associate Member (AMInstLM) or Member (MInstLM) of the ILM.

After completing this qualification, if you are working in a leadership role, you may wish to progress onto the Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management programme which will prepare you for senior management positions.

If you are not currently working in a leadership or managerial role and this is something you aspire to do, this qualification will increase your chances of securing such a position.


Please note that course fees listed below apply to courses starting before the 1 May 2017. Fees for courses starting on, or after, 1 May 2017 will be published in due course.

We offer two different payment options; payment in full, or our ‘Pay as You Learn’ monthly payment scheme – details of these payment options can be found here. Sources of financial help can be found on our student finance page.

Before making any financial decision it is recommended that you seek advice from an independent source, for example the Money Advice Service.

Special VPMA Offer – If you are employed in a veterinary practice you can now sign up to this course for a special price of just £950 (Annual Fee) or £80 per month (Pay as You Learn) plus £110 awarding body fees and also receive a year’s free Veterinary Practice Management Association (VPMA) membership. All 2015/16 TP Congress and Head Nurse Congress delegates can also enrol onto this course for the special price of just £950 plus awarding body fees.

ILM Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management

Age at start of course Annual Fee Scheme (?) Pay as You Learn Scheme (?) Awarding Body Fees*
16-18 £950 £80 per month £110
19+ £1,775 £149 per month £110
Overseas Not available Not available Not available

* Awarding Body Fees are recharged at cost and may be subject to change.

These are current figures and may be subject to change.

The differences in course fees reflect the level of funding that is available as a result of government policies and priorities. These may be the result of age, employment status, previous education achievements or location for example, and are outside the control of The College of Animal Welfare.

How to apply

To apply for this programme, please visit our course applications page and fill out and submit your details. You will then be contacted by a member of our administration team with full application instructions.