Management NVQ Level 3

Cost Duration
£1 520 approximately 12-18 months

Course Summary

The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Management is ideal for first line managers with a range of responsibilities including: allocating work to team members / colleagues / contractors, achieving specific results, managing financial and physical resources and some degree of decision making.


  • Level 5 NVQ or Level 5 Award, Certificate or Diploma
  • Management opportunities within your current or future employment

Entry requirements

In order to be eligible for the qualification you will need the following:

  • to be currently working in a management job role
  • have agreement from your employer to allow an assessor to visit you in the workplace
  • have a minimum of 3 months’ prior experience in a team leading capacity
  • be working a minimum of 15 hours a week

Course content

The level 3 Diploma consists of a minimum of 55 credits, which are made up of five mandatory units and a number of optional units based around your work role. In order to identify which units are most appropriate, we will match your skills against the standards. This provides us with the opportunity to tailor the qualification to suit your individual situation and needs.

Mandatory units include:

  • Manage team performance
  • Principles of People Management (EXAM)
  • Principles of Business (EXAM)
  • Principles of Leadership and Management (EXAM)
  • Manage Personal and Professional Development

There are a number of optional units, some of which are:

  • Manage individuals’ performance
  • Manage conflict within a team
  • Discipline and Grievance Management
  • Manage a Budget

Timings and Assessments

  • Start anytime
  • Approximately 12 – 18 months
  • Once the appropriate units are agreed, assessment can start. An assessor will visit you in your workplace. They will plan their visits in advance and will accommodate your work pattern and activities. Assessment visits usually take place every 3-4 weeks and last approximately 1-1.5 hours each. You will be set tasks to complete between visits.
  • Your assessor will work with you to cover the knowledge and skills covered in the qualification. As well as being able to complete tasks competently, you should know why you do them a certain way. Together you will gather evidence to demonstrate you meet the qualification standards. A variety of assessment methods will be used. These will usually contain a mixture of:
    • Observation
    • Work products
    • Professional discussions
    • Oral and/or written question & answers
    • Reflective accounts
    • Witness testimonies
    • Recognised Prior Learning

Costs and Resources

  • From £1,520 dependent on location
  • The qualification is eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan where the Government covers the course fees and repayments are only made once you are earning £21,000 or more.  More details can be found here:
  • For further career guidance, the National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. This service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers.


For further information about this course please contact a member of the Fast Forward Team on 01793 732892 or email:

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