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  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: 08 October 2024
  • Time: 5-8pm
  • Duration: Tuesdays
  • Full Fee: From £250

About the course

Daytime or evening courses available.

There are 3 course options available if you’d like to gain a qualification in CMI Level 3 Leadership & Management: 

Level 3 CMI Leadership & Management Award - 8 weeks - Study 1 unit - £250

Level 3 CMI Leadership & Management Certificate - 16 weeks - Study 2 units - £650

Level 3 CMI Leadership & Management Diploma - 1 year - Study all units - £1800

The Diploma in Management and Leadership is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management. Staff study at college part-time and complete work-based projects as part of the course. This qualification is suitable for those who are, or wish to become, team leaders and/or supervisors. This includes individuals who are at the start of their career that wish to become team leaders/ supervisors as well as those aspiring or existing managers who may already have developed practical experience but who wish to develop their theoretical understanding of management skills further.

This Level 3 course is part of the National Skills Fund 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 course is delivered in partnership with Mindful Education, and combines online learning with face-to-face lessons in the classroom.

Entry requirements

Minimum level 2 or equivalent in maths and English. Learners must be working in a suitable role, ideally as a middle manager.

All applicants will need to attend an interview either face to face or via telephone prior to the course starting.

How much does it cost?

The fee for this course starts from £250.

Level 3 CMI Leadership & Management Award - 8 weeks - Study 1 unit - £250

Level 3 CMI Leadership & Management Certificate - 16 weeks - Study 2 units - £650

Level 3 CMI Leadership & Management Diploma - 1 year - Study all units - £1800

This Level 3 course is part of the National Skills Fund initiative and is fully funded for eligible learners.

Full funding is available for this course to any adult aged 24 and over who wants to achieve their first full level 3 qualification, which is equivalent to an advanced technical certificate or diploma, or two full A levels. 19 to 23 year olds will continue to be eligible for their first full level 3 via the adult education budget, and for any additional qualifications made available through this offer.

The course can also be funded through an Advanced Learner Loan

Contact Us or call 01279 868100 to get the most up-to-date info on fees and the financial support that may be available.

Who is it suitable for?

This qualification is ideal if you are have management responsibilities but no formal training, and are serious about developing your abilities. It’s 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.

Awarding Body


Why study?

The course covers a wide range of business management skills and knowledge, including organisational performance, interpersonal skills and personal effectiveness.   

Study Method – Online and On Campus

We have partnered with Mindful Education to deliver this course through our flexible Online and On Campus model. 

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. 

Find out more

For more information on how this course visit the Chartered Management Institute website.

Where will this course take me?


On successful completion of a Level 3 Qualification in Principles of Management and Leadership, a number of progression opportunities become available:

  • Progress to other qualifications at the same level (e.g. from Level 3 Award to Level 3 Certificate etc.)
  • Progress to other qualifications at the next level (e.g. from Level 3 Certificate to Level 4 or 5 Certificate)
  • Apply to become a Chartered Manager

Career opportunities

Learners who are aspiring to a management role may progress to roles such as:

  • Team Leader
  • Supervisor
  • Project Officer
  • Shift Manager
  • Foreperson

Key responsibilities may include creating and delivering operational plans, managing projects, leading and managing teams, managing change, financial and resource management, talent management, coaching and mentoring. 

Core modules

Example modules

  • Principles of Management and Leadership
  • Managing a Team to Achieve Results
  • Building Stakeholder Relationships Using Effective Communication
  • Contributing to the Delivery of a Project
  • Managing Budgets and Resources
  • Managing Data and Information
  • Managing Own Personal and Professional Development

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.

Will I have to provide anything?

You need to bring your own mobile device that can connect to the College Wi-Fi e.g. tablet, smartphone etc.

Case Study

Kelly Clegg

Kelly Clegg – Leadership and Management Level 5

Was the course flexible and did it fit okay around your existing job? i.e. online and in class working, one class a month?

The CMI Level 5 course provided by Harlow College fitted perfectly around my job. I only needed to attend college one day per month, the rest of the time was self-guided learning which I could fit around my busy role as Assistant Operations Manager. 

How has studying the course helped you in your current job?

Studying on this course has helped me to consider things from a different perspective and has given me a greater understanding of the tools and knowledge I need be an effective manager. 

How was the level of support from your tutor during the course?

My tutor was really supportive, and totally understood that I have a demanding job on top of studying for this qualification. Although I only attended college one day per month, I knew Bev was always on hand to support me in whatever way she could.

How did you find the progression from Level 3 to Level 5?

The transition from level 3 to 5 wasn’t that difficult. Many of the topics and models covered in level 3 were re-examined at Level 5, only in a lot more detail. Having that foundation knowledge from Level 3 helped me get to grips with the deeper understanding that was required at level 5. 

Would you recommend the course to others who may be thinking of upskilling and why?

I would recommend this course to intermediate and middle managers that wish to improve their management skills and closely examine their leadership styles to manage more effective and happier teams. 


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