Level 5 CIPD HR Associate Diploma in People Management

Level 5 CIPD HR Associate Diploma in People Management

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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 an Associate Diploma in People Management, you’ll no longer simply support change in your organisation – you’ll help drive it.

This qualification is perfect for you if you enjoy developing and managing people. You’ll expand your knowledge of HR with a combination of core units and specialist areas – helping you focus on what matters most to you.

  • Build on your existing knowledge and specialise in People Management
  • Increase your knowledge in employment relationship management, talent management and performance reward
  • Take the next step up into a more senior people profession role.

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.

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

Core units include:

  • Organisational performance and culture in practice
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Professional behaviours and valuing people

Specialist units:

  • Employment relationship management
  • Talent management and workforce planning
  • Reward for performance and contribution

Optional unit:

  • Well-being at work

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 Associate Membership, and the designation “Assoc CIPD” after your name. This establishes your credibility as a professional, raises your profile and opens doors to new job opportunities.

Successful achievement of the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management will allow progression onto the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management which can also be topped up to a Masters in HRM.

Ideally you should have completed a CIPD foundation level qualification (Certificate in HR Practice, or the Certificate in Personnel Practice, CPP). Alternatively, you may have studied at foundation degree or undergraduate level previously, or have experience as an HR professional at managerial level. The course tutor will undertake an informal interview/discussion with you in order to determine the most appropriate level of study.

The course fee is £1,850.

Student loans may be available for £724 may be available.

CIPD membership: Please note it is a requirement of CIPD that learners join the Institute.

Course Summary

Length of study:
1 year


Term dates

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Study option(s):
Part time, Evening course

Course level:
Level 5

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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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