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CIPD Level 5 Course | Associate Diploma in People Management

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 (93% pass rate)
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Enrol from as little as £339 per month

Learn 100% online

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Get qualified fast (9-11 months)

Earn up to £50k

Start date: 3rd June

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

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
Aimed at those with some HR experience looking to progress to management level

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.

Flexibility

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

QuickScore

Instant Assignment Feedback (only at Avado)

Avado connect

Exclusive HR community where professionals interact, share, and benefit.

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
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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 credential tailored to the people profession, including roles in HR or L&D. It is widely recognised by employers as a worldwide standard of excellence. The CIPD provides qualifications at three levels: Level 3, Level 5, and Level 7, which align with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Each level encompasses various types of qualifications, such as Certificates, and Diplomas.

What is CIPD Level 5 equivalent to?

A CIPD Level 5 certification is equivalent to an intermediate diploma. There are two CIPD qualifications at this level, one in HR and one in L&D.

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

You would need some mid-level experience in HR or L&D or to have completed CIPD level 3 to start a CIPD level 5 diploma. CIPD Level 5 is roughly equivalent in difficulty to a foundation degree. There are two CIPD qualifications at this level, one in HR and one in L&D

Can I do CIPD Level 5 without Level 3? 

It is possible to undertake a CIPD Level 5 qualification without completing the CIPD Level 3 qualification. Although Level 3 is a great foundation for this course, and is recommended, relevant experience in HR is also 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?

A CIPD Level 5 qualification will take you 9-11 months to complete. However, this may depend on individual circumstances and the amount of time allocated for weekly study.

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. 

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?

We currently only offer a cohort-based programme, which has set start and end dates for each module.

What is CIPD Level 5 and what does it involve?

The CIPD Level 5 is a professional qualification in Human Resource Management (HRM) developed by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This qualification is roughly comparable to an undergraduate degree. It is intended for individuals with different levels of HR experience seeking advancement in HR and L&D, as well as those aspiring to managerial positions. It is also suitable for those without prior HR experience but who have previously undertaken degree-level studies.

Which are the best options for CIPD level 5? 

Avado is the best option for a CIPD Level 5 programme. Avado provides the convenience of 100% online learning, with access to course materials, live classes with expert tutors, 24/7 AI-powered assistants, networking opportunities and much more. 

What are career prospects after CIPD level 5?

After you’ve successfully completed the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management from Avado, you’ll be qualified to apply for several mid-level HR positions. These positions include: 

  • HR Advisor 
  • HR Analyst 
  • HR Officer 
  • Talent Advisor 
  • Recruitment Advisor 

You can also apply for entry-level managerial roles like HR Manager and HR Group Advisor. 

Which CIPD qualification is right for me?

There are three CIPD Human Resources qualifications to choose from.  

The CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice, also known as CIPD Level 3, is tailored for individuals with limited HR exposure or those just beginning their journey in the field., This programme provides a solid foundation for entry into the profession. 

The CIPD Associate Diploma in People Management, also known as CIPD Level 5 is crafted for individuals with moderate HR experience seeking advancement into mid-level HR positions. It’s also suitable for those who have undertaken HR responsibilities in non-HR roles. 

The CIPD Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management, or CIPD Level 7, targets individuals with substantial HR experience or an HR degree who are prepared for postgraduate-level education. This diploma equips you for senior strategic HR positions and helps you to pursue CIPD Chartered Membership.  

If you choose to pursue a career in L&D, you could study through our CIPD Learning & Development level 5 courses

Pricing & Plans

Professional

Cohort based, structured programme with live tutor sessions

Features:

100% online study
All course materials included
Live classes led by our expert tutors
QuickScore: Instant Assignment Feedback (only at Avado)
Exclusive Avado Connect membership
Comprehensive pre-assessment briefings available for each unit item
Support with referencing and academic writing
Learn in a cohort with peers
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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