Is this course right for me?

Staff currently working in either the libraries, archives or records management sectors who desire a qualification to prove work-based competency.

The Level 3 Diploma is designed for staff who have a minimum of 2 years experience of working in a library or information unit.

Entry requirements:

You must be currently employed in the Libraries, Archives or Records Management sector.


The course is delivered in the workplace.  Online support material is also available via Onefile e-portfolio system.

You will need to complete four mandatory units and a range of optional units (up to 27 credits):                                                                         

  • Approaches to the organisation of information and/or material
  • Supporting users to make use of digital resources
  • Creating and maintaining a user-focussed environment
  • Helping users to obtain access to information and/or material
  • Promoting Libraries, Archives and Information Services
  • Providing induction and orientation activities for users
  • Engaging with the wider community
  • Family History
  • Health Information
  • Local Studies
  • Palaeography
  • Reader Development
  • Allocating and checking work in a team
  • Developing productive working relationships with colleagues
  • Issuing information and/or material
  • Leading a team
  • Locating and replacing information and/or material
  • Managing own resources and professional development
  • Protecting, securing and copying information and/or material
  • Understanding the Libraries, Archives and Information Services environment
  • Understanding the Libraries, Archives and Information Service organisation
  • Up to 21 credits can be brought forward from the Level 2 certificate and used towards this qualification. 

No whole award is available at Level 4 but learners will be able to use the credits from these units towards a HE qualification.


Work/competency-based assessment. Units are assessed by a portfolio of evidence, gathered from the learner’s work.


Once you have completed the course you could go onto study for:

  • Foundation Degree (FdA) Library and Information Management