Level 3 CIPD HR Foundation Certificate in People Practice

Level 3 CIPD HR Foundation Certificate in People Practice

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Coventry College is an approved centre to run the new CIPD qualifications. The CIPD is the professional body for experts in people at work. For more than 100 years, CIPD have been championing better work and better working lives by setting professional standards for HR and people development, as well as driving a positive change in the world of work.

With a Foundation Certificate in People Practice, you’ll kick-start your career in HR, L&D and OD with confidence.

This qualification is perfect for you if you are working in, or looking to find, their first role in the people profession, and will provide you with:

  • A solid grounding in People Practice
  • The knowledge, skills and behaviours to deliver tasks that benefit your organisation at an operational level
  • The confidence to support positive change for your colleagues and organisation.

Course Format

This course will be held on Thursday Evenings and is a combination of face-to-face and online delivery with an innovative and interactive online platform.

You’ll focus on real-life scenarios, acquiring core behaviours derived from the CIPD’s new Profession Map, which is based on the cumulative insights of thousands of experts.

CIPD qualifications set the international standard for people professionals. You’ll gain the confidence to drive your career forward – and with CIPD membership, the recognition needed to connect to the role you’ve always dreamed of.

The qualification consists of three core units, three specialist units and one optional unit.

Core units include:

  • Business, culture and change in context
  • Principles of analytics
  • Core behaviours for people professionals
  • Essentials of people practice

You will be assessed through a variety of assignments to help develop your knowledge, analytical and problem-solving skills. The assessment tasks for each unit of study are completed to ensure the assessment criteria for that unit are successfully met.

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Professional Membership

CIPD courses require you to acquire professional student membership

CIPD membership gives you a badge of professionalism that’s internationally recognised. It showcases your knowledge and impact within the people profession. Once you’re registered for a qualification, you’ll join the CIPD as a Student Member. You’ll gain access to extensive resources like expert research, journals, factsheets, helplines and online communities, helping you to build your network.

Course books

You will have a professional reading list. Some of these books are available through our own Library Hub. There are currently 2 core texts you will be expected to purchase. Your professional membership gives you access to 20% off these titles.

Next steps and progression

When you complete your qualification, you’ll be awarded CIPD Foundation Membership, and the designation “Foundation CIPD” after your name. This establishes your credibility in the people profession, shows your serious about your development and that you have a strong base of knowledge to build on.

Successful achievement of the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice will allow progression onto the CIPD Level 5 Diploma in People Management.

Ideally you should already be employed or have experience of working within a HR environment. A good standard of written and spoken English is required and the successful completion of an interview.

Course fee £1,265; Exam Fee TBC

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Course Summary

Length of study:
1 year


Term dates

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Study option(s):
Part time, Evening course

Course level:
Level 3

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Fees and funding

If you are aged 16-18 and applying for a full-time programme, then you will not have to pay for your course. If you are aged 19+ then there may be a fee for your course.

Why Coventry

From entry-level qualifications, through to degree-level and specialist professional courses there’s something here for students with little or no formal education right up to career high-flyers. Expect a vibrant environment where you can meet people from different backgrounds and cultures.

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