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Pearson BTEC Level 3 Certificate for Managers

Overview of the Programme

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Certificate for Managers is designed to support the off-the job training and development of learners on the Team Leader/ Supervisor apprenticeship programme by helping them to develop and apply the technical and behavioural knowledge and understanding required to become competent and successful in a first line management job role.

It is also suitable for non-apprenticeship learners, who may or may not be in employment, wanting to develop technical knowledge to prepare for employment or progress their career by achieving a recognised qualification based on current employer recognised standards.

Programme aims

The qualifications give learners the opportunity to:

  • Develop the technical and theoretical knowledge and understanding that underpins competence in a first line management job role
  • Learn about a range of transferable skills and professional attributes that support successful performance as a first line manager
  • Achieve a nationally-recognised Level 3 qualification
  • Develop confidence and readiness for the apprenticeship end-point assessment
  • Develop their own personal growth and engagement in learning.

Programme Summary

The learner will need to meet the requirements outlined in the table below before Pearson can award the qualification.

  • Minimum number of units that must be achieved: 6
  • Number of guided learning hours that must be achieved: 165
Qualification and Number Total Units Total Guided Qualification Time (TQT)
Level 3 Certificate (603/4160/9) 6 165
Mandatory Units
Unit GLH Level
1. Principles of leadership 25 3
2. Principles of managing operations and budgets 30 3
3. Principles of managing people 25 3
4. Principles of communication and relationship management 30 3
5. Principles of project management 25 3
6. Understanding personal effectiveness as a manager 30 3

Prior knowledge, skills and understanding

No prior knowledge, understanding, skills or qualifications are required for learners to register for these qualifications. For the Diploma sized qualification, learners will need to be on an apprenticeship programme, or be otherwise employed in a first line management role with operational/project responsibilities or responsibility for managing a team to deliver a clearly defined outcome.

Course Assessment

All knowledge units in these qualifications are internally assessed and subject to external standards verification. This means that centres set and mark the final summative assessment for each unit, using the examples and support that Pearson provides.

Course Duration

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Certificate for Managers is a Level 3 qualification. It is usually studied full-time over 6 months, or part-time over 12 months.

Progression Route

Learners who achieve the Certificate or Diploma qualification and have met the specified on- programme requirements of the Apprenticeship Standard can progress to end-point assessment and achieving the full apprenticeship certification that confirms competency in first line management roles such as supervisor, team leader, project officer, shift supervisor, foreperson, and shift manager.

With further training and development, learners can progress to more senior management roles such as operational or departmental manager. On completing the Apprenticeship learners can choose to register as Associate members with a relevant management and leadership Professional Body, to support their professional career development and progression.

Course Fee

£1250 per year (First year Certificate and Second year Diploma)

Further information

For more details please see: Specialist Managers