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CIPD Level 5 Course | Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development

Inspire learning and development within your organisation by completing a qualification in L&D. Gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to drive change.

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What is the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning & Development?

The CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development is the most comprehensive course available for L&D professionals, ideal for you if you want to formalise your existing experience, skills and knowledge. You’ll study the core knowledge and behaviours any People Professional needs and extend these through specific units to further specialise in your field.

Who is it for?

This course is aimed at those with some L&D experience looking to develop to management level.

What qualification will I get?

CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Organisational Learning & Development


Online learning

How long will it take?

Typically 11 months

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CIPD Level 5 L&D 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 L&D experience looking to progress to management level
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CIPD Level 5 Learning and Development qualification

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

As well, a learning and development 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 L&D manager or director, that salary could be upwards of £60,000.

CIPD Level 5 for L&D

There are two kinds of Level 5 Associate Diplomas. This one is focused specifically on L&D and has different option units that help it stay focused on L&D. 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 Organisational Learning and Development 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 L&D Learning and Development 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 L&D Learning and Development modules

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

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: Supporting self-directed and social learning

You’ll learn about…
• The concepts of self-directed and social learning and the theories behind them.
• The steps that organisations take to encourage learning.
• How digital innovations encourage and enable self-directed learning.

Unit 2: Learning and development design to create value

You’ll learn about…
• What needs to be considered when designing learning and development.
• Identifying and establishing learning and development needs.
• Completing a stakeholder analysis in relation to learning and development.
• How to design engaging learning and development solutions.

Unit 3: Facilitate personalised and performance focused learning

You’ll learn about…
• How to develop a range of personalised, accessible learning resources.
• Discussing facilitation techniques to support the needs of learners.
• The facilitation of learning and delivering inclusive activities that meet objectives.
• The concept of ‘transfer of learning’ and the role of line managers.

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 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.

CIPD L&D Diploma career options

The skills you'll learn on this course will get you ready to take on L&D roles with more responsibility.

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

L&D Manager
Head of L&D

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, January 2022

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 career within 3 months of qualification


higher starting salary compared to unqualified candidates


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Frequently asked CIPD questions

This course takes approximately 11 months to complete.

A CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development 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 learning and development:

  • 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

Learning and development is what an organisation does to enhance employees' skills and knowledge to help them be even better at their jobs.

If you're a people person and you love to help your coworkers thrive in their roles, learning and development is for you. It can be a hugely fulfilling career, watching the people in your organisation grow and progress at least partially because of the work you do.

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. 

The CIPD Level 5 qualifications are the Associate Diploma in Learning and Development.

No, it’s Foundation Degree level.

These are the learning outcomes for the Learning and Development course:

  • Understand strategies for effective critical thinking and decision making.
  • Understand the importance of decision-making strategies to solve people practice issues
  • Be able to measure the impact and value of people practice to the organisation.

The CIPD Level 5 L& D cost for the Level 5 is £2999+VAT.

Yes, you can fail a module, you do at 3 attempts to pass each module before it is classed as a failure.

You need to have some knowledge of HR and the organisation, but the focus Is Learning and Development, so you do need to be working in a Learning and Developing environment.

CIPD Level 5 programme is a Diploma.

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.