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The CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in HR Management is created to give you a comprehensive insight into the HR industry and help you to attain the skills and knowledge needed for the HR industry.

To gain the CIPD Level 5 Diploma you must complete the following eight 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.

7. Developing Leadership & Management Skills

On completion of this unit, you  will:

  • Understand the differences between leadership and management.
  • Learn the key roles of corporate leaders and managers, leadership & management development interventions, and the learning & development function.
  • Be able to explain several different approaches to developing leaders and managers.
  • Understand how to ensure the ownership and success of leadership and management development programmes.

8. Employee Engagement

On completion of this unit, you  will:

  • Understand the concepts and components of employee engagement.
  • Be able to explain how employee engagement contributes to positive business outcomes.
  • Understand the principles and applications of high performance working (HPW).
  • Know how to raise employee engagement levels using HR strategies and practices.

This qualification is delivered and assessed fully online; for each of the eight units you will need to submit an assessment online. The programme typically takes 14 months to complete.

Key course information:

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