Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management


Price £952



The Level 3 Certificate in Leadership and Management is designed to provide the underpinning knowledge to support those in leadership and management roles. It will form the knowledge-based component of the Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Management and will complement the existing Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Management which forms the skills-based element of the Apprenticeship. It may also prepare the learner to progress to a qualification in another subject area.


This qualification will:


  • focus on the study of leadership and management to support different occupational areas


  • provide learners with the skills they need to operate as a successful manager


  • allow learners to develop knowledge and understanding in a range of areas relevant to managerial roles, such as managing resources and budgets, recruitment and selection, and stakeholder engagement. Qualification objectives The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to:


  • develop the knowledge and qualities valued in employees by employers


  • understand and develop their strengths, and improve weaknesses, as a manager.


Progression opportunities


Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:


  • Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Management


  • Level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management and Leadership


  • Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Business Administration


  • Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Customer Service


Progression to Higher Level Studies


This qualification aims to provide learners with a number of progression options, including higher-level studies at university or FE colleges. The skills required to progress to higher academic studies are different from those required at Levels 1 and 2. Level 3 qualifications and above enable the development of these skills. Although there is no single definition of higher-level learning skills, they include:


  • checking and testing information


  • supporting your points with evidence


  • self-directed study


  • self-motivation


  • thinking for yourself


  • analysing and synthesising information/materials


  • critical thinking and problem solving


  • working collaboratively


  • reflecting upon learning and identifying improvements.


This qualification requires learners to analyse, draw conclusions, interpret or justify, which are all examples of higher-level skills. This means that the evidence provided for the portfolio will also demonstrate the development and use of higher-level learning skills.


Achieving this qualification


To be awarded the Level 4 Certificate in Leadership and Management, learners are required to successfully complete 4 mandatory units and a minimum of 3 optional units.


Mandatory units


  • Unit 01 Principles of building respectful and productive working relationships in organisations


  • Unit 02 Managing personal and professional development


  • Unit 03 Principles of management and leadership in organisations


Optional Units


  • Unit 04 Operational and human resource planning and management


  • Unit 05 Business performance measurement and improvement


  • Unit 06 Corporate social responsibility and sustainability


  • Unit 07 Budget management


  • Unit 08 Understanding organisational structure, culture and values


  • Unit 09 Staff recruitment and selection


  • Unit 10 Principles of business strategic planning and development


  • Unit 11 Stakeholder engagement and management


  • Unit 12 Principles of innovation and change management


  • Unit 13 Understand the legal context of business


  • Unit 14 Principles of project management


  • Unit 15 Principles of quality management


The units above may be available as stand-alone unit programmes. To achieve the Level 4 Certificate in Leadership and Management, learners must successfully demonstrate their achievement of all learning outcomes of the units as detailed in this qualification specification.


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