CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in L&D

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

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  • L&D practitioners who want to update their skills and gain credibility, or those wishing to move into L&D from HR or training
  • Leads to roles such as L&D Manager or Head of L&D

Transform your working practice in L&D

Study our CIPD L&D Level 5 Diploma online and discover how to transform your company without compromising any current commitments. Whether you’re looking to gain some new skills or refine the ones you already have, study with AVADO so that you can do so at a time and place that suits you.

Who is it for? L&D practitioners who want to update their skills and gain credibility, or those wishing to move into L&D from HR or training

Qualification: CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in L&D

Location: Online Learning

Duration: Typical completion in 14 months

What is the CIPD Level 5 Diploma course?

Start transforming your L&D career with a CIPD qualification

CIPD Qualifications are internationally recognised and offer you the opportunity to gain credibility in the Learning and Development field. With AVADO in partnership with CIPD Enterprises you can gain your professional CIPD Level 5 Diploma online, allowing you to study whenever and wherever you want, and fit study in around your other commitments.

As an L&D professional, you need to stay up to date with the latest thinking and practices in today’s fast-paced world of work. That’s why we have made improvements and updates to our award-winning L&D programmes, working with CIPD experts and taking into account learner feedback. Now you will benefit from:

  • Fresh new content direct from global experts within the CIPD network
  • Brand new interactive assets to make learning even more engaging
  • Inspiring new case studies from a diverse range of global brands from several industries
  • Summary videos to really help you prepare for your assessments
  • Reflection weeks where you can discuss your progress with your peers
  • More practical activities to contextualise your learning in a work environment.

Our CIPD Level 5 Learning and Development Diploma is ideal you want to formalise your existing experience, or simply gain the latest skills and knowledge in the industry. The L&D Diploma is a great stepping stone from practitioner to L&D Manager, or from HR or Training into the L&D sector. The Diploma will help you close any skills gaps and get you up to speed in digital learning, ready to transform your practice.

This CIPD Level 5 qualification roles models social and collaborative learning techniques which you can translate across to your own L&D function, enhancing your performance and positioning yourself as a forward-thinking L&D professional. It is also the most comprehensive Intermediate L&D course, with seven units enabling you to specialise in the areas of most interest or relevance to you and your L&D practice.

On successful completion of the CIPD Level 5 online course, you will gain Associate Membership of the CIPD, allowing you to use the designation Assoc CIPD after your name to showcase your credentials.


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 Diploma 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
  • Free access to AVADO’s premium Career Development Hub
  • Free NUS card – the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts

Everything you need is included in the course price. The only additional cost is your CIPD membership, which you are required to pay directly to the CIPD.

Prerequisites for the CIPD L&D Level 5 Diploma 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

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

The CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in L&D will equip you with latest skills and knowledge you need to effectively manage your L&D function.

Upon successful completion of your Intermediate Diploma, you will become an Associate Membership of the CIPD. Achieving Associate (Assoc CIPD) status will:

  • Allow you use the designatory letters Assoc CIPD after your name to showcase your credentials
  • Demonstrate you possess up-to-date and relevant skills and knowledge
  • Speak volumes for your commitment towards good practice and continued professional development
  • Ensure you remain relevant and more employable

With this qualification on your CV and CIPD Associate Membership, you will be eligible for 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.

When you successfully complete your CIPD Level 5 Diploma, you’ll become an Associate member, meaning you can use the designatory letters Assoc CIPD after your name. Associate membership is the first level of professional membership of the

CIPD professional membership is a mark of your professionalism and demonstrates to employers, clients and peers that you meet the rigorous requirements and professional standards for good practice in HR and L&D.


The CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in L&D is the most comprehensive L&D qualification at this level.

To gain your CIPD Level 5 qualification you must complete seven units in total – five which are mandatory and a set of two which are chosen by you from two possible pathways:

1. Developing professional practice in L&D
On successful completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of a learning and development professional.
  • Be able to manage self and workload to deliver timely and effective learning and development services to meet client need.
  • Be able to work collaboratively with others, as a member of a team or working group.
  • Be able to apply CPD techniques to devise, implement and review a personal development plan.

2. Understanding the context of L&D
On successful completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the nature of organising and managing in a variety of contexts.
  • Be able to analyse the key factors influencing achievement of strategic objectives in varying organisation contexts and their impact on learning and development policies and practice.
  • Understand how to develop learning and development policies and activities to respond to and exploit the limitations and opportunities arising from varying contextual factors.

3. Using information, metrics and developing business cases for L&D
On successful completion of this unit, you will:

  • Know how to scrutinise appropriate learning and development data.
  • Be able to conduct small-scale research in an area of learning and development to support a business case.

4. Evaluating L&D in a knowledge economy
On completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the meaning and purposes of evaluation within a learning and development context.
  • Know about different theories, tools and techniques for evaluating learning and development activities.
  • Know about the challenges for evaluating learning and development within a knowledge economy.

5. Designing and developing digital and blended learning solutions
On successful completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand current digital technologies and their contribution to learning and development solutions.
  • Be able to design blended learning solutions that make appropriate use of new technologies alongside more traditional approaches.
  • Know about the processes involved in designing and developing digital learning content efficiently and what makes for engaging and effective digital learning content.
  • Understand the issues involved in the successful implementation of digital and blended learning solutions.

Optional Diploma Pathways

For your two final units, choose between the Manager and Professional pathways:

The Manager pathway is suitable for students who want to learn how to develop and implement creative and strategic business solutions to help drive organisational performance.

The Professional pathway is suitable for students who want to find out more about cutting edge developments in L&D, enhancing participant engagement and collective and social learning.

The Manager Pathway Units:

1. Developing leadership and management skills

On successful completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the distinction between leadership and management.
  • Be able to explain different approaches to developing leaders and managers and the role of the learning and development function.
  • Understand how to ensure the ownership and success of leadership and management development programmes.

2. Managing the L&D business function

On successful completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the evolving nature, purpose and business improvement activities of the learning and development function in contemporary organisations.
  • Understand different models for delivering the learning and development function.
  • Be able to manage different aspects of the learning and development function.

The Professional Pathway Units:

1. Enhancing participant engagement in the learning process

On successful completion of this unit, you will:

  • Be able to use stakeholder analysis to inform their learning activities.
  • Understand motivation theory as it relates to the learning process.
  • Be able to use neuroscience and psychology to enhance engagement throughout the learning process.

2. Facilitating collective and social learning

On successful completion of this unit, you will:

  • Understand the constructs of collective and social learning.
  • Know about different models of collective and social learning and their application within the workplace.
  • Understand how technology has transformed the nature and shape of collective and social learning.
  • Understand the benefits and challenges of facilitating collective and social learning in organisations.

You will need to choose your pathway at the point of enrolment. If you are not sure which pathway will suit you best, our Enrolment Advisors can help. Call now on 020 3893 5500.

This qualification is delivered and assessed fully online; for each of the seven units you will need to submit an assessment online. The programme typically takes 14 months to complete.

Key course information:

  • Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
  • CIPD Level 5 Certification – comparable to studying at Degree level
  • Seven units with seven tutor-marked assignments. There are different types of assessment tailored to the content of the unit, these can include essays, presentations and proposals.
  • Typical completion is 14 months

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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