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The CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate in HR Management is designed to give you a more comprehensive insight into the HR industry and some of the issues and challenges you may face in your organisation. It will develop your ability to think strategically and improve overall performance.

To gain your CIPD Level 5 Qualification you must complete the following six units:


1. Developing professional practice

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand what is required to be an effective and efficient HR professional.
  • Be able to perform efficiently and effectively as an HR professional.
  • Be able to apply CPD techniques to construct, implement and review a personal development plan.

2. Business issues and the context of HR

On completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • Understand the key contemporary business issues and main external factors affecting different organisations and the impact on HR.
  • Understand how organisational and HR strategies and practices are shaped and developed.
  • Know how to identify and respond to changes in the business environment.

3. Resourcing and talent planning

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand key contemporary labour market trends and their significance for workforce planning.
  • Be able to undertake talent planning and recruitment activities.
  • Understand how to maximise employee retention.
  • Know how to manage dismissal, redundancy and retirement effectively and lawfully

4. Using information in HR

On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the research process and different research approaches.
  • Be able to conduct a critical review of information sources in an area of HR/business practice and analyse the findings.
  • Be able to draw meaningful conclusions and evaluate options for change.
  • Know how to deliver clear, business-focused reports on an HR issue.

5. Managing and coordinating the Human Resources function

On completion of this unit, you  will:

  • Understand the purpose and key objectives of the HR function in contemporary organisations.
  • Understand how HR objectives are delivered in different organisations.
  • Understand how the HR function can be evaluated in terms of value added and organisation performance.
  • Understand the relationship between organisational performance and effective HR management and development.

6. Employment law

On completion of this unit, you  will:

  • Understand the purpose of employment regulation and the way it is enforced in practice.
  • Know how to manage recruitment and selection activities lawfully.
  • Know how to manage change and reorganisation lawfully.
  • Know how to manage issues relating to pay and working time lawfully.
  • Be able to ensure that staff are treated lawfully when they are at work.
  • Know how to manage performance and disciplinary matters lawfully.

This qualification is delivered and assessed fully online; for each of the six units you will need to submit an assessment online. The programme typically takes 11 months to complete.

Key course information:

  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • CIPD Level 5 Certification - comparable to studying at Degree level
  • Six units with six tutor-marked assignments. There are different types of assessment tailored to the content of the unit.
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