Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy

Tuition in preparation for the Institute's examinations takes place on a number of levels, including lectures, seminars, class discussion and problem review and analysis.

Formal lectures provide a foundation of information, which students build on through directed learning and self-managed study outside the classroom.

Students are actively encouraged to form study groups to discuss course material, fostering a greater depth of learning experience.


Assessment for the majority of programmes is based on final examinations. The Institute 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.

Student Workload

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 award at Undergraduate level comprises four units of 20 credits each. Students 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 student 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).