ILM Certificate in
Leadership & Management Level 3 Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 6

A course for those who wish to progress in the field of management, but have no formal training.


Why take this course?

This qualification is ideal for individuals who have management responsibilities but no formal training, and are serious about developing their abilities. The programme particularly supports practising team leaders who are seeking to move up to the next level of management, and managers who must lead people through organisational change, budget cuts or other pressures.

What you will experience

This qualification is made up of a ten units covering core management skills such as understanding how to organise and delegate, and skills in communication, team leadership, change management and managing people and relationships. All ten units must be achieved to obtain the qualification. You will:

  • Gain a range of key management skills and put them into practice in your own role
  • Build your leadership capabilities to motivate and engage teams, and manage relationships confidently
  • Develop your leadership and management skills using
  • Build on your knowledge, values and motivations

Benefits for employers include:

  • Effective and confident first-line managers
  • Better relationships and communication amongst teams
  • To achieve this qualification, managers will need to show that they can transfer their new skills to your organisation
  • Managers will have the tools to develop their own skills and abilities
Student writing

Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course will require you to manage your workload independently, with a basic level of tutor support.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, but learners are normally practising or aspiring first line managers, who are in a position to meet the assessment demands - ideally using their workplace as the basis for assignments.

What you need to know

Anything else?

This is a Distance Learning course which means you can study at home, in the workplace or wherever you choose at times that are convenient for you. You do not have any classes to attend. The materials for this course are provided as webpages for you to work through online. As you progress through the course materials you will find explanations of each feature, followed by practical exercises. You will be supported throughout the course by a specialist Distance Learning Tutor.

As you progress they will continue to make regular contact to offer support and guidance, usually by email but sometimes by phone, to ensure you are making good progress and to support your learning throughout. You must be able to study independently through the course materials.

Whilst studying with Business & Community Development, you will have access to the Library+ sites and the Digital Skills Space. You will also have technical and administrative support from Business & Community Development team.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Learners who successfully complete this course can progress to complete other ILM qualifications.



Duration Fees Code
160 Hours over 10 Months £421.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.