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The course is designed to provide practitioners with a broad overview of the key roles and responsibilities undertaken by HR and how these roles and responsibilities interact with other key stakeholders and areas of the business. It is a professional course, well respected by business and is one of the main qualifications employers look for when recruiting HR staff for front line role. It will give you understanding of the nuts and bolts of HR and the knowledge you need to continue to develop your professional skills.

What will I study:

You will study the following core units:

  • Developing yourself as an effective HR practitioner (4DEP)
  • Understanding organisations and the role of HR (3HRC)
  • Recording, analysing and using HR information (3RAI)
  • Supporting good practice in managing employment relations (3MER)
  • Resourcing talent (3RTD)
  • Performance and reward management (3PRM)


Successful completion of your studies will entitle you to Associate Membership of the CIPD and you can use the initials ASSOC.CIPD after your name so long as you remain a member of CIPD. You can top up your qualification by studying additional units to Level 3 Foundation Diploma. If you have sufficient experience of HR practice you may want to study at Level 5 when you are considering a more senior management/specialist HRBP role.

  • Who is this course for?

    Accredited by Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) these courses will benefit staff working in administrative roles within an established HR department who are looking to advance their careers. It will also benefit more experienced HR professionals who provide support to line managers on a range of policy, procedural and legal issues. In addition, these courses will be useful for line managers wanting to learn more about managing people effectively in the workplace and those employed in more specialised roles like recruitment and selection and training and development, who want to broaden their knowledge and skill base.

  • How is the course assessed?

    One assignment per unit, most having a written and a practical element. All assignments must be passed before the qualification can be awarded.

  • General info

    Most of the resources that you need will be available electronically on MOODLE, which you can access 24/7. The college library also holds a range of relevant text books and journals. You will also have access to the CIPD library once you have joined as a student member.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    There are no formal educational entry requirements, however as there is a written assessment for each unit you need to be confident that you can cope with writing a report of around 2500 words. Don't worry if you have not studied for some time, there will be plenty of support to help you from the course team. We are expecting you will already be working in HR but if not then you will need to show you have some experience of working in a role where you are dealing with people. You will be required to join CIPD as a student and this will cost £143 payable directly to CIPD.

    Prospective students need to speak to the course tutor before enrolment. You may be asked to submit a short written piece of work to demonstrate your skills in written English before being offered a place.

    Interview requirements:

    Students are required to meet with one of the tutors before a place can be offered.