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CIPD Level 5 Course | Associate Diploma in People Management

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What is the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management?

The CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management will help you build on your existing HR knowledge. You’ll also get a sound understanding of how HR fits into achieving strategic objectives and how data can be used to improve performance.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at those with some HR experience looking to develop to management level.

What qualification will I get?

CIPD Level 5 Diploma in People Management


Online learning

How long will it take?

Typically 11 months

Incredible support!

The support I received from Avado and my peers on the course was incredible. My tutor was also really helpful throughout. From start to finish he was always there to get me through, something that came as a wonderful and welcome surprise for an online course!

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CIPD Level 5 HR course highlights

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Typically 11 months completion time
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Learn at your own pace
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Learn 100% online
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12-month support period
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Aimed at those with some HR experience looking to progress to management level
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CIPD Level 5 HR qualification

With a CIPD qualification, you’ll have the ability to demonstrate your skills in Human Resources to employers which can help you stand out among other applicants.

As well, a CIPD qualification could help you earn more money. When you are CIPD Level 3 qualified, for example, and working as an assistant, you could earn £10,000 more than someone without that certificate.

With a higher-level qualification and a role as an HR manager or director, that salary could be upwards of £60,000.

CIPD Level 5 for HR

There are two kinds of Level 5 Associate Diplomas. This one is focused specifically on HR and has different option units that help it remain focused on HR. As well, you'll cover topics like diversity and inclusion, wellbeing and global people management.

When you complete your CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Practice with us, you get more than just a qualification. We’ll support you every step of the way to make sure you develop real skills with real impact on your career.  

CIPD Level 5 HR cost


Flexible learning deserves flexible payments

You have plenty of options when it comes to the cost of CIPD Level 5. You can pay in full or spread the cost for free with interest-free finance plans of up to 18 months.

If you want your plan to be longer that’s no problem: we have plans of up to 48 months with a competitive APR.*

Your company can fund your course

Your boss is going to benefit just as much as you are from your training. Plus, since you’re studying online, you won’t have to take any expensive days off work. Give us a call and we’ll help you put together a business case.

*Click here for representative examples and full terms and conditions.

No hidden costs

The only additional cost is your CIPD membership, which you pay directly to the CIPD.

CIPD Level 5 modules for People Practice

Below are the eight units you’ll cover, and what you’ll be able to do by the end of each one.

CIPD Level 5 HR module list and syllabus

Three core units

Unit 1: Organisational performance and culture in practice

You’ll learn about…
• The connections between organisational structure and strategy.
• Organisational priorities, how to interpret theories and what drives change.
• How to build diversity and inclusion.
• How people practice connects and supports wider strategies.

Unit 2: Evidence-based practice

You’ll learn about…
• The methods re applied to diagnose challenges and opportunities.
• Critical thinking and how different ethical perspectives can influence decisions.
• The benefits and risks of solutions for improving people practice issues.
• How to measure the impact people practice makes to organisations.

Unit 3: Professional behaviours and valuing people

You’ll learn about…
• How to champion inclusive and collaborative strategies.
• How to design and evaluate solutions for positive working relationships.
• How the role of a people professional is evolving.
• How to assess your own strengths, weaknesses and development areas.

Three specialist units

Unit 1: Employment relationship management

You’ll learn about…
• How to develop practices aimed at supporting better working lives.
• How to differentiate between employee involvement and participation.
• Emerging trends in conflict, mediation and arbitration.
• Performance, disciplinary and grievance matters.
• Employment law and the types of employee representation.

Unit 2: Talent management and workforce planning

You’ll learn about…
• Labour market trends and their significance for workforce planning.
• The impact of a changing labour market on resourcing decisions.
• Supporting succession and contingency planning.
• Turnover and retention trends, and how organisations build talent pools.
• The importance of managing contractual arrangements and onboarding.

Unit 3: Reward for performance and contribution

You’ll learn about…
• The principles of reward and how policies and practices are implemented.
• How people and organisational performance impacts approaches to reward. • How data can be gathered and measured and used in benchmarking.
• Developing reward packages and the legislative requirements that impact them.
• The role of people practice in supporting managers to make reward judgements.

One of two additional specialist units

Unit 1: Specialist employment law

You’ll learn about…
• The purpose of employment regulation and the way it’s enforced.
• The role played by the tribunal and courts in enforcing employment law.
• How the main principles of discrimination law.
• How to manage recruitment lawfully, and about managing employment rights.

Unit 2: Advances in digital learning and development

You’ll learn about…

• The impact, risks and challenges of technological development.
• Creating engaging digital learning content and the systems for delivering learning.
• The skills required to facilitate online learning, including your development plan.

What's included in your CIPD Level 5 HR online and distance learning course?

When you learn with Avado, you get access to our virtual learning campus, which comes with lots of benefits. It's no different when you're working on your CIPD Level 5 courses online with us. You'll get:

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24-hour access to the online campus

So you can complete your coursework when it suits your schedule.

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Online, live classes

Regular online live classes with your tutor and classmates.

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So you can focus on being productive while still developing yourself from home.

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Dedicated, expert tutors

Subject matter-expert tutors and a community for support through the course.

What career options does the CIPD Diploma in People Practice open up?

The skills you’ll learn on this course will get you ready to take on senior Human Resources roles.

You’ll also be eligible for Associate Membership of the CIPD, and roles such as:

HR Analyst/Advisor
HR Business Partner

Once you have your Level 5 Diploma qualification you can progress further with the CIPD Level 7 qualification.

*Average UK salary data from Totaljobs Salary Checker, April 2017

Why choose Avado

  • 100% online
  • Award-winning learning design
  • Collaborative learning
  • Bite-sized learning on the go
  • 0% finance options
  • Easy steps to begin your course
  • Hand-picked teaching experts
  • Unlimited support

of graduates progressed their career within 3 months of qualification


higher starting salary compared to unqualified candidates


of employers looking for more skilled candidates for HR roles

Frequently asked CIPD questions

This course takes approximately 11 months to complete.

A CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Practice is very similar to a foundation degree.

This course is ideal if you're aspiring to, or are taking the next steps in your career in people practice management:

  • Ideally an existing Foundation qualification (or equivalent) is desirable; alternatively, relevant work experience can be considered
  • You must be over the age of 18 or have a third-party payee for any financial agreement
  • You must have a solid grasp of the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent if English is not your first language)
  • To receive the Diploma qualification, you must ensure you have CIPD membership throughout your study

Yes, you can. Although Level 3 is a great foundation for this course, and recommended, relevant experience in HR can also be considered.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the professional body for HR and people development, with a worldwide community of around 140,000 members. 

You can be confident you’re getting the best HR qualification available: CIPD qualifications are internationally respected by employers, and are designed by industry leading experts to include all the latest thinking and ideas. 

No, CIPD level 5 programme is strategic HR, whereby you apply theory to practice in the workplace.

It’s a professional qualifications Diploma in Human Resources, you will undertake 7 modules which have a written assessment to complete at the end of each module. Once all assessments have been completed and passed, you will receive a Certificate to accredit you with the qualification.

It really depends on your own career goals. If you want to specialise in HR or be a HR generalist, then the Associate Diploma in People Management is for you. If you are more interested in Learning and Development activities, then the Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development is for you.

CIPD level 5 programme will take up to 11 months to complete.

No, not currently, we only offer a cohort-based programme which has set start and end dates for each module.

Yes, the CIPD is globally recognised, and a Level 5 qualification will really help you progress your career. A lot of employers looking for HR candidates will ask for ‘CIPD qualified’ candidates, which is often at Level 5.