Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy

As an ICM Learner, the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy is determined by your needs as a Learner, the qualification you aim to achieve as well as the resources available at your ICM Approved Centre. ICM does not design any courses that are non-Guided Learning Hours. As an ICM registered Learner, your ICM Approved Centre may use the following methods to deliver in line with the Qualification Specification:

• Lectures
• Seminars
• Self-directed study
• Employment or voluntary related activities

Assessment for the majority of programmes is based on final examinations. ICM has a traditional approach to assessment. Formative assessment is provided by ICM Teaching Centres as and when appropriate and may include; essays, in-class tests, role play exercises, presentations and projects. However, in terms of gaining a professional qualification, and in order to maintain standards, ICM believes that students should be formally assessed on the body of knowledge covered during the course and be examined as individuals on the required learning outcomes.
In accordance with nationally accepted codes of practice in the UK, each 20 credit unit represents a total of approximately 200 hours of learning. Typically, each ICM Qualification at Undergraduate level comprises four units of 20 credits each. Learners must complete four units at each level leading to the awards of Certificate (Level 4 Diploma), Diploma (Level 5 Diploma), Advanced Diploma (Level 6 Diploma) and Graduate Diploma (Level 6 Diploma). Thus, for example, in order to gain an ICM Advanced Diploma, a learner must have completed the Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma stages. The Post Graduate Diploma (Level 7 Diploma) consists of 120 credits divided into six units. The learning hours for each unit are subdivided into appropriate categories of learning opportunities, such as lectures, seminars, preparation time, directed study, time spent on assessment items and exam preparation. At least one quarter of this time is usually devoted to formal contact time. A further one quarter of this time is related to directed learning. The balance of workload is comprised of individual, self-managed student learning and revision. Note that for a unit delivered in standard mode, the ICM examinations calendar accommodates a teaching year of approximately 2 x 20 teaching weeks, and four weeks of revision/end of year assessment. Furthermore, each unit is assigned to a particular 'Level', with each Level corresponding to the group of subjects contained within the programmes leading to the award of a Certificate (Level 4 Diploma), Diploma (Level 5 Diploma), Advanced Diploma (Level 6 Diploma), Graduate Diploma (Level 6 Diploma) or Post Graduate Diploma (Level 7 Diploma).
ICM’s vast catalogue/portfolio of educational courses means that learners can embark and progress on their educational journey at various levels and there is no fixed point of entry. The focus at ICM is to find the course subject and level that is appropriate for the individual learner. Additionally, as we are a (working towards) Ofqual recognised provider ICM's qualifying examinations and awards provide qualifications which are accredited in the UK and are globally recognised. In excess of two million ICM Awards have been issued to successful candidates over the past 30 years.

At ICM we provide qualifications at Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Graduate and Post Graduate levels. More than 200 individual subjects are examined by ICM on a quarterly basis, covering key industry areas such as Accounting & Finance, Business Management, Commercial Management, Computing, Health & Safety, Hospitality, Human Resource Development, International Trade, Journalism, Law, Maritime Management, Marketing, Project Management, Retail Management, Sales Management, Sports Management and Tourism.

Examinations and Results

Examinations and assessments are externally set and marked by the Institute. Examinations are held each year in March, June, September and December. Candidates must be registered and paid-up Learner Members of the Institute at the time they undertake their examinations. Examination papers are securely distributed to ICM Approved Centres and scripts are assessed and moderated in the UK by ICM Appointed Examiners.
Examination Entry fees are shown on the appropriate Examination Entry form for the subject/programme you are undertaking. The standard Examination fee can be found on our fees page. There are, however, some specialist programmes where a higher subject fee may be payable. If you have any queries relating to fees please contact your Teaching Centre. In order to undertake any ICM Professional or Single Subject examination you must be a Registered and paid-up ICM Learner Member. To enter for an examination you need to complete the relevant Examination Entry form and submit it to the Institute, together with the appropriate examination entry fee/s.
ICM examinations take place four times each year, in March, June, September and December. The Timetable for each year states the Closing Date for receipt of entries for each Examination Series.
You can request that your examination script is re-marked if you are unhappy with your result. The fee for this is GBP £35.00 per script. The Institute operates a triple marking and moderation system. In the event that the moderator increases the original marks awarded, the fee for re-marking your script will be refunded to you. Should the Grade awarded remain the same, you will be issued with a full Examiner's Report detailing your examination performance. The Institute retains answer scripts for a maximum period of six months. Examination scripts/answer books are not returned to candidates under any circumstances.
Although ICM Examinations are held every twelve weeks it should be noted that it takes an average of twelve weeks to mark the scripts after each Examination Series. If you sit, for example, for one or more subjects in March you will not receive your results until June. This means that if you were to fail a subject in March you would not be able to re-sit the subject in June as you will have missed the Closing Date for the June Series. Our advice is that you try to split your subject examinations between two consecutive Examination Series e.g. if your programme has four subjects you could take two subjects in one series and two in another series. On this basis, were you to fail one subject in March you would be able to re-sit it in September, giving you plenty of time for revision.
There is a Closing Date for receipt of Examination Entries and candidates entering for examinations must ensure that their completed Examination Entry forms and fees reach the Institute before the Closing Date for each Examination Series. Examination Timetables indicate the Closing Date for receipt of entries for each sitting and this information also appears on the ICM website. Entries received after the Closing Date are automatically carried forward to the next Examination Series.
It can take up to 12 weeks to mark, moderate and process your answer scripts from the date they are received by ICM. Therefore, results are distributed within 12 weeks from receipt of scripts. Candidates are advised not to telephone ICM for results as this information is confidential and cannot be disclosed over the telephone. We do not post examination results online.
Should you wish to re-sit any examination to improve your previous Grade, please note that the latest Grade you obtain will stand.
You may request a transcript of your Academic Results, however, please note there is a charge of GBP £15.00 for each Award transcript requested.

Subject Exemptions and Conversions

Learners holding relevant recognised qualifications from other professional bodies or recognised Higher Education institutions may apply for Subject Exemptions, on a subject-for-subject basis. It may also be possible, subject to qualifications held, to obtain exemption from a Level within a programme. Documentary evidence is required before any decision can be made in connection with the granting of Subject/Level Exemptions. No exemptions are given for case studies or assignments. Internally awarded school certificates and diplomas are not accepted for exemption purposes. Please note that exemptions may not be applied for on Single Subject examinations, or from subjects which have already been undertaken on an examinations basis with ICM. If students consider themselves eligible for exemptions, all the appropriate supporting documentary evidence including the syllabi and certified copies of your certificates must be forwarded to ICM for presentation to the Exemptions Committee. Any exemptions which may be granted will be subject to students first registering as a Professional student and undertaking the remaining subjects of the course on an examination basis.

The Exemptions Committee would require the following documentation before processing an application from you:

- An ICM Exemption Form - available from your ICM Approved Centre
- The Exemption Form is located on the reverse of the Examination Entry Form for the relevant course
- Certified copies of certificates
- A copy of syllabi for the Award you hold
- Full name and postal address
- Name & address of the ICM Approved Centre at which you are studying

Upon receipt of your exemption application, your request will be assessed. As soon as the Exemptions Committee has made a decision, you will be advised in writing. You should always enclose a covering letter with your documentation and ensure that you have provided us with your current postal address.
Registered ICM learners who do not want to complete a full ICM programme may study individual subjects. Single Subject candidates receive a Single Subject Diploma on successful completion of the relevant subject examination. Single Subjects qualify, on a subject-for-subject basis, for subject exemptions from ICM professional programmes.


1. Case Studies, Assignments and Projects, including ALL subjects in any Post Graduate programme, do not qualify for Single Subject Awards.
2. A student who undertakes, on a Single Subject basis, subjects within a Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Graduate Diploma or Post Graduate ICM programme will not be entitled to a professional qualification unless they are exempted from or have completed all lower Levels of that qualification.
3. In order to comply with UKBA requirements, overseas students studying in the UK (excluding those from EU countries) are not permitted to undertake Single Subjects and must undertake a professional qualification.

To apply for the conversion of Single Subject passes into a Professional Qualification, Learners must have successfully completed all of the subjects within the professional qualification. A conversion form must be completed and returned to ICM, together with the relevant fee. Learners will be able to obtain the necessary form from their ICM Approved Centres.

Learners with Learning Difficulties

If you are able to evidence a specific learning difficulty, you may be granted special arrangements for your examimation/s. The amount of additional time and any other arrangements will be determined on the basis of the report relating to your circumstances (see ICM Reasonable Adjustments and Special Considerations Policy

Conversion of Single Subject Qualifications into a Professional Qualifcation

Under the regulations governing ICM Single Subject Qualifications, it is possible for any learner who holds the appropriate number of Single Subject Qualifications to apply for these to be converted into a Professional Qualification. Those wishing to take advantage of this regulation must hold a Single Subject Qualification for each subject on the syllabus of the relevant Professional Qualification.

Any learner who undertakes, on a Single Subject basis, subjects within a Diploma, Advanced Diploma, or Graduate Diploma will not be entitled to a Professional Qualification unless they are exempted from or have completed all lower levels of that Award

To apply for the conversion of Single Subject passes into a Professional Qualification, learners must complete the appropriate form and return this to ICM, together with the relevant fee. Learners will be able to obtain the necessary forms from their Centres.