CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Award Programmes in L&D

Transform your L&D working practice by qualifying with CIPD Enterprises' only official online learning partner

  • Ideal for L&D practitioners wanting to enhance their performance in specific subject areas
  • Leads to roles such as L&D Manager or Head of L&D

Transform your working practice in L&D

Study our short CIPD L&D Awards online and learn how to make a difference in your company right now, without compromising any current commitments. If you’re looking to enhance your performance in a certain area, you can gain the skills you need in just 8 weeks!

Who is it for? L&D practitioners wanting to enhance their performance in specific subject areas

Qualification: CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Award in L&D

Location: Online Learning

Duration: Each Award takes 8 weeks to complete

What is the CIPD Level 5 Awards course?

CIPD qualifications are internationally recognised and offer you an accredited route into the Learning and Development field. With AVADO in partnership with CIPD Enterprises you can gain your professional CIPD Level 5 qualification online, allowing you to study whenever and wherever you want, and fit study in around your other commitments.

Our CIPD Level 5 Learning and Development Individual Awards are ideal if you want to get up to speed quickly in particular areas of L&D. Choose to deep dive into a specific subject picking the unit that interests you most, and gain the skills you seek in just eight weeks.

These short qualification programmes will give you what you need to make a difference right now, and successful completion will give you a CIPD Intermediate Level 5 Award in Learning & Development.


Get CIPD qualified with learning that works from AVADO

At AVADO, we create inspiring learning experiences that are all about your success. With our 26 years’ experience and our exclusive partnership with CIPD Enterprises, studying CIPD online with us gives you the best chance of success:

Great teachers and inspiring content
Your own dedicated tutor, hand-picked for their expertise, is available by phone or email. Access a range of engaging content developed with CIPD’s own experts, including videos, quizzes and group activities.

Support every step of the way as you learn with others
Your tutor and community team are here for you whenever you need them. And, because you learn online with other students, you’ll never be short of inspiration and motivation!

An online platform built around you Designed to work on your mobile and featuring bite-sized content so that you can learn as you go. Learn at your own pace but with structured milestones to keep you on track.

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

An award-winning provider you can trust
Winner of Training Journal’s Best Training Partnership 2016 with CIPD Enterprises, and Learning Technologies Best Use of Online Distance Learning 2016 – Silver.

We know how to deliver learning that works, that’s why CIPD Enterprises chose AVADO as their only official partner for online qualifications, so you know your programme is of the highest quality.

What is included in the CIPD L&D Level 5 Awards qualification?

Your course includes everything you need to succeed:

  • 24-hour access to your online campus, accessible on mobile and tablet
  • Regular online live classes with your tutor and classmates
  • Dedicated tutor and community team to support you throughout the course
  • Revision classes, assignment marking and feedback to help you improve
  • Free access to AVADO’s premium Career Development Hub
  • Free NUS card – the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts

Prerequisites for the CIPD L&D Level 5 Awards qualification

An existing Level 3 qualification (or equivalent) is essential; alternatively, relevant work experience can be considered.

  • In addition, the following entry requirements apply:
    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 5.5 or equivalent if English is not your first language)
  • You must have access to a computer or other internet enabled device and a reliable internet connection, plus basic computer skills
  • To receive the Award qualification, you need to be registered with the CIPD. Student membership is recommended but not mandatory

Career path for the CIPD L&D Level 5 Awards qualification

The CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Award in L&D will equip you with latest skills and knowledge you need in specific areas of L&D. Each Award is recognised by the CIPD as an Intermediate Award in Learning & Development. You will not become an Associate member of CIPD unless you go on to successfully complete a Certificate or Diploma qualification in L&D.

Upon successful completion of your Intermediate Award, and depending on your previous experience, you could be eligible for more senior L&D roles such as:

L&D Manager Head of L&D
£47,500* £57,500*

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

How it works

All our L&D courses are delivered through our award-winning Virtual Learning Campus (VLC). The VLC is an online learning platform that houses all your learning materials in one easy-to-access place. The VLC is designed for use on all internet-enabled devices, so you can study on your mobile or tablet any time, wherever you are.

Your VLC features:

  • Inspiring bite-size learning content, including videos and quizzes
  • Regular live online classes with your tutor, tailored to your group’s needs and recorded so you can catch up whenever you like
  • Learn as a group, with structured milestones to keep you on track
  • Regular learning checks and practice tests so you know how you are progressing
  • Proactive tutor support – monitoring your progress and reaching out if you need support

Our approach to online learning and student engagement has been recognised by the Learning Technologies industry awards, with Silver for Best Online Distance Learning Programme 2016.

What is the CIPD?

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the professional body for HR and people development and today is the voice of a worldwide community of around 140,000 members. CIPD qualifications will help you build your career and enhance your professionalism, they are internationally recognised and highly sought after by employers.

CIPD Enterprises have chosen to exclusively partner with AVADO, to offer a range of L&D and HR courses online. Our L&D courses allow you to study when and where it suits you. You will learn the most up-to-date skills and techniques that you can use to transform your L&D practice.

Each Award is recognised by the CIPD as an Intermediate Award in Learning & Development. You will not become an Associate member of CIPD unless you go on to successfully complete a Certificate or Diploma qualification in L&D. Associate membership is the first level of professional membership of the CIPD, and allows you to use the designation Assoc CIPD after your name to showcase your credentials.



We offer the following individual L&D Awards at Intermediate Level, giving you the skills you need in just eight weeks:

Designing and Developing Digital and Blended Learning Solutions
On successful completion of this unit, you will understand current digital technologies and what makes for engaging digital learning content, and be able to design effective blended learning solutions.

Enhancing Participant Engagement in the Learning Process
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to use stakeholder analysis to inform learning activities, understand motivation theory and use neuroscience and psychology to enhance engagement throughout the learning process.

Using Information Metrics and Developing Business Cases for Learning and Development
On successful completion of this unit, you will know how to scrutinise appropriate learning and development data and be able to conduct small-scale research in an area of learning and development to support a business case.

These qualifications are delivered and assessed fully online; for each of the units you will need to submit an assessment online.

Key course information:

  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • CIPD Level 5 Certification – comparable to studying at Degree level
  • There will be a tutor-marked assignment for each individual Award. There are different types of assessment tailored to the content of the unit.
  • To receive the Award qualification, you need to be registered with the CIPD. Student membership is recommended but not mandatory.
  • You can gain a full Level 5 Intermediate Certificate or Diploma qualification in L&D by completing the further required units within a specified time-period.

Free Learning

Our L&D programmes engage learners through practical tasks and group activities.

One barrier that L&D practitioners often face is a lack of funding. In this task, learners were asked to present an ‘elevator pitch’ designed to explain the reason why they should receive funding for a new initiative.

This video showcases just a few of the excellent pitches that were submitted – watch below for free.

Financial Options

If you are funding your own studies, you can pay in full immediately or split your course fees over two or three instalments at no extra charge.

We can also work with you to build a business case to apply for employer funding and can even speak to your company directly if you’d like. For more information, give one of our Course Advisors a call.

*Book your HR or L&D Qualification and spread the cost over 12 monthly payments, interest-free. Representative example for CIPD Foundation Certificate in HR Practice: Loan £2,445.00 over 12 months with 12 monthly payments of £203.75. The total amount repayable will be £2,595.00 which includes a deposit of £150.00. Click here for more representative examples and for full terms and conditions.

**Exact package varies by course; all credit agreements are subject to you enrolling on a qualifying course with AVADO. Any offer of credit will be subject to your age, status and a credit check. Any Credit Agreement you enter into is provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance, and is governed by their Terms and Conditions AVADO is a broker on behalf of Omni Capital Retail Finance only.

“I’m finding the course content very relevant to what a L&D professional has to know, not only for managing L&D in today’s environment but also to prepare for the future, looking at capabilities and skills that will be required to be fit for business.”

Sophie van den Brand, L&D Level 5

“The flexibility of the course works perfectly for me; I can focus on my course work around my job which really helps to make studying less stressful. The course has allowed me to gain a better understanding for how my skills in learning technologies.”

Ewan Laing, L&D Level 5 

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