CIPD Level 3 Course | Foundation Certificate in People Practice

Increase your earning potential and start a career in HR with a CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice

Perfect if you’re new to HR or currently in a HR Support role
Stay on track and get qualified fast with our structured programme
Our CIPD pass rate is 93%
Enrol from as little as £105 per month

Learn 100% online

Support from expert tutors

Get qualified fast (7 – 9 months)

Earn up to £30k

Start date: February 11th

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What is the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice?

Whether you’d like a refresher, you’re looking to expand your knowledge, or you’re starting a career in the people profession, the Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice will help you progress. You’ll gain the capabilities you need to attract new talent and maintain your organisation’s ability to do right by your people, or kick-start your brand-new career.

CIPD Level 3 course highlights

Typically 8 months completion time
Structured but flexible learning with our cohort model
Learn 100% online
12-month support period
Aimed at those new to HR or currently working in an HR support role

What’s included in your CIPD Level 3 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 3 courses online with us. You’ll get:

24-hour access to the online campus

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

Online, live classes

Regular online live classes with your tutor and classmates.


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

Dedicated, expert tutors

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

Exclusive access to Ava

Ava is our multi-language support chat. Available 24/7 only to Avado learners.

CIPD Level 3 module list and syllabus

Unit 1: Business, culture and change in context

You’ll learn about…

The external influences that impact businesses, including goal setting.
How to define workplace culture and how people’s behaviour shapes it.
How organisations are whole systems and how your actions affect others.
How people learn, adapt and develop in different ways.
How people professionals impact people, and best to manage change
Unit 2: Principles of analytics

You’ll learn about…

How evidence-based practice informs measures and outcomes and how it is applied within your organisation
How the application of agreed procedures, policies and sources of evidence helps to make choices and informed decisions.
The importance of using data, the different types of data measurement and how these are used to inform decision making, including interpreting basic financial information using critical thinking skills and common calculations.
The concept of creating value, explaining how your organisation approaches this for its customers and stakeholders.
Finally, you will cover the role of analytics and other technology in enhancing working practices, including the associated risks.
Unit 3: Core behaviours for people professionals

You’ll learn about…

Different approaches to customer focus using ethical principles to inform your approach to work.
Evaluating ethical values and contextualising them within your work, specifying the ways in which you conform to associated regulation and law.
The importance of positive ways of working and you will use this to clarify problems and issues as well as contributing views and opinions in a respectful and inclusive manner.
Ways in which you recognise and accept your own mistakes and show empathy to others.
Finally, you will examine the concept of reflective practice aimed at consolidating and improving your professional knowledge, skills and experience.
Unit 4: Essentials of people practice

You’ll learn about…

Effective recruitment, selection, and appointment of individuals through the assessment of employee lifecycles, including where you are placed within this.
Different recruitment and selection methods and the skills that relate to contributing to effective recruitment.
Ways of preparing materials for job roles and to attract candidates.
You will also shortlist candidates and participate in a selection interview and the associated follow-up actions.
Understanding legislation and organisational practices is a vital part of this unit, as is the meaning of diversity and inclusion in respect of recruitment and employee relationships.
You will explain factors associated with performance management and the role of appraisal.
Finally, you will understand how to support others to develop the skills and knowledge required to meet both individual and organisational objectives.

CIPD Certificate career options

The skills you’ll learn on this course will get you ready to take on Human Resources roles with more responsibility. You’ll also be eligible for Foundation Membership of the CIPD. Whether you’re already in a junior HR role or new to the field, with this qualification you will be eligible for HR roles such as as a HR Assistant or HR Administrator.

73% of graduates progressed their careers within 3 months of qualification
40% of employers looking for more skilled candidates for HR roles
HR Administrator*
HR Assistant*

Once you have your Level 3 Foundation qualification you can progress further with the CIPD Level 5 Diploma in People Management or the CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development. *Average UK salary data from Totaljobs Salary Checker, January 2022

CIPD Level 3 module list and syllabus

What is a CIPD qualification?

A CIPD qualification is a globally-recognised indication that you have the HR and L&D skills necessary for a role in the field.

What is the CIPD Level 3 course equivalent to?

A CIPD Level 3 qualification is the lowest level CIPD qualification you can get, and it’s foundational for any other CIPD qualification. In terms of difficulty, it is about the same as A Levels.

What will I need to start the CIPD Level 3 certificate?

CIPD level 3 course is for beginners, so you don’t need any formal qualifications to get started.

You’ll need:

To be over the age of 18 or have a third-party payee for any financial agreement
A solid grasp of the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent if English is not your first language)
Access to a computer or other internet-enabled device and a reliable internet connection, plus basic computer skills
CIPD registration to receive your Diploma qualification
Experience working in an HR role is beneficial, as well as a desire to work in an HR officer role
Who are the CIPD?

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.

How long does CIPD L3 Foundation take?
When you start studying with us, we’ll help you set up your CIPD membership. You’ll start as a student member, but as you progress through your HR career completing the different CIPD qualifications you’ll move to the different levels of qualification.
When you complete the CIPD Level 3 Foundation certificate you will become a Foundation member of the CIPD.
As you progress your HR career into people management, the CIPD Level Associate Diploma is an ideal course to build all the skills and knowledge you need – once completed you will become an Associate member of the CIPD.
You will be eligible to apply for CIPD Chartered membership when you complete your CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma – this qualification is aimed towards very experienced senior HR Directors looking to reach the top of the people profession.
The cost of your CIPD membership is not included in the course fee.

Pricing & Plans


Flexible, unlimited access to all course materials and tutor sessions


100% online study
All course materials included
Live classes led by our expert tutors
Comprehensive pre-assessment briefings available for each unit item
Support with referencing and academic writing

£140 /mo

£105 /mo

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Cohort based, structured programme with live tutor sessions


100% online study
All course materials included
Live classes led by our expert tutors
Comprehensive pre-assessment briefings available for each unit item
Support with referencing and academic writing
Learn in a cohort with peers
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Structured timetable and deadlines to keep you on track
Network with your cohort
Academic writing masterclass

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Learn. Practice. Grow.

Learning is about more than the qualification you get. It develops skills that make a lasting impact, boosting confidence and career prospects. 

Why Avado?

Support every step of the way – We believe who you learn with makes all the difference; that’s why we hand-pick our tutors. Our tutors are available via email or phone, whenever you need them, so you’re never short of support. 

Inspiring content – We develop engaging content with subject matter experts, so that you learn all the latest in HR.

Study anytime, anywhere – Our online platform is built around you. It’s designed to be mobile-friendly with bite-sized content so you can learn from home with 24 hour access.

Affordable, all-inclusive prices – Payment packages to suit your budget, with no hidden surprises.

How will you learn?

Your HR course will take place on our online platform – the Virtual Learning Campus. The Campus is where you access all your learning materials and is available on your phone, tablet or laptop, so you can study any time, wherever you are.

Features of the campus:

  • Bite-sized learning content, including videos and quizzes
  • Regular learning checks and practice tests to keep track of your progress
  • Live online classes with your tutor and recorded so you can catch up whenever you like
  • Learn as a group, share advice and be part of a HR community.

T&C’s apply – click here for more information. * Included in the course price for all new enrolments on or before 31st March 2024. Thereafter, an additional fee will apply.

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