CIPD Level 5 Course | Associate Diploma in People Management

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This course will also get you up to speed in digital learning, ready to transform your organisation, and can help you progress to a managerial role

Build on your existing HR or L&D knowledge – progress to management level
Stay on track and get qualified fast with our structured programme
Our CIPD pass rate is 93%
Enrol from as little as £339 per month

Learn 100% online

Support from expert tutors

Get qualified fast (9-11 months)

Earn up to £50k

Start date: 4th March

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

The CIPD Level 5 HR is the intermediate level of qualification offered by Avado. It is designed for those who have some experience in human resources and wish to build a career in people management. It helps you deepen your understanding of HR management, covering areas such as employee relations, talent planning, employment law, and leadership. Avado’s CIPD Level 5 course aims to enhance both practical skills and theoretical knowledge, equipping HR professionals to apply advanced HR principles effectively in the workplace and advance your HR careers.

Completion of an Associate Diploma in People Management demonstrates a more advanced understanding of HR principles and practices, preparing individuals for roles with increased responsibility within the HR field. It serves as a stepping stone for further professional development and potentially pursuing higher-level qualifications within the CIPD framework. 

CIPD Level 5 HR course highlights

Typically 11 months of completion time
Structured but flexible learning with our cohort model
Learn 100% online
12-month support period
Structured but flexible learning with our cohort model

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

When you learn with Avado, you get access to our online learning Hub, which comes with lots of benefits. It’s no different when you’re working on your CIPD Level 7 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 5 module list and syllabus

Three core units

Unit 1: Organisational performance and culture in practice

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: Evidence-based practice

You’ll learn about…

The methods are 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’s 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…

How to champion inclusive and collaborative strategies.
How to design and evaluate solutions for positive working relationships.
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.

CIPD Associate Diploma 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 Associate Membership of the CIPD and be eligible for HR roles such as:

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

*Average UK salary data from Totaljobs Salary Checker, January 2022

CIPD Level 5 FAQs

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 CIPD Level 5 equivalent to?

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

What will I need to start the CIPD Level 5 diploma?

CIPD level 5 is ideal if you’re aspiring to, or are taking the next steps in your career in people practice management.

Can I do CIPD Level 5 without Level 3?

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

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 the CIPD L5 Diploma take?

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

What Level 5 CIPD courses can I study?

It depends on your own career goals. If you want to specialise in HR or be an 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. 

Can I fast-track the CIPD Level 5 course? 

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

Pricing & Plans


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
NEW Ava – your 24/7 AI powered assistant*
Structured timetable and deadlines to keep you on track
Network with your cohort
Academic writing masterclass

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Limited seats remaining in March’s cohort

£339 /mo

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What Our Students Say

Testimonial 1
You have been extremely adaptable with the difficulties I have had in my personal life and very kind in they way you dealt with me.
Testimonial 2
To be honest all studies and topics that I got from Avado are very useful for me as HR manager, I will encourage all my colleagues who are working in HR to register and start studying within Avado learning centre.
I am currently studying the Level 5 qualification (Associate Diploma in People Management). The course is well designed and, having had previous experience of distance learning, it is easily one of the best learning platforms that I have used.

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 30th November 2023. Thereafter, an additional fee will apply.

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