CIPD Level 3

Foundation Certificate in People Practice

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Why is this course right for you?


Getting CIPD qualified with DPG is the no-nonsense way to enhance your CV, progress your career and boost your earning potential.

  • Earn more: 75% of our CIPD students increase their earning potential
  • Transform your career: 78% secure a new job or promotion
  • Upgrade your skills: 83% of our students say CIPD made them more confident at work
  • Enhance your credibility: 86% say CIPD increased their professional credibility

Don't just take our word for it, 92% of our students recommend a CIPD course.†

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What our CIPD Level 3 course offers

Choose from a 100% online or blended learning programme

Low deposits and 0% finance available*

A comprehensive foundation in essential HR and L&D skills

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CIPD Level 3 Course Details

The CIPD Level 3 Foundation course has been skilfully designed for those just entering the people profession, which means that no previous HR or L&D experience is required to get started.

You will be assessed upon the completion of each module and will submit a written assignment online. Your work is marked by our assessors and moderated by CIPD for your peace of mind.

It takes students an average of 7-9 months to complete their qualification. To give you plenty of flexibility, we offer our students a support period of 9 months. Bear in mind that your completion time will depend on how many hours you are able to commit to your studies on a full-time or part-time basis.

We strive to make sure our courses are as affordable as possible for our students, and we have interest free payment plans in place to support you. Our advisers are on hand to discuss deposits and monthly payments with you, or you can choose to buy your course online.

Your CIPD Level 3 qualification can be completed 100% online or via our blended learning approach. You’ll study four modules in total:

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

For more details on what you’ll learn on each module download your free CIPD Level 3 course brochure

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Career Options

£55,000+

HR senior-level salary

£30,000+

HR associate-level salary

£25,000+

HR entry-level salary

Typical roles with CIPD Level 3 qualification

HR Assistant/Administrator

People & Culture Assistant

Employee Relations Officer

Recruitment Coordinator

Talent Co-ordinator

Learning Administrator

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CIPD Level 3 Certificate FAQs

The CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice is right for you if:

  • You want to build a career in the people profession
  • You're looking for your first HR or L&D job
  • You're currently working in an entry-level people role such as HR Assistant

The Foundation Certificate is designed to give you the practical skills and knowledge you need to get your foot in the door, find your first job in HR or L&D, and stand out as part of the next generation of people professionals.

As the CIPD Foundation course is designed for newcomers to the people profession, you don't need any previous HR or L&D experience to get started, and there are no formal entry requirements.

As long as you're 16+ and have good literacy and numeracy skills, you're good to go.

We find it takes most students around 7 to 9 months to complete the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate.

However, everyone is different, so bear in mind this might change depending on your circumstances and how much time you have to study each week.

At DPG, we pride ourselves on helping you get CIPD qualified without breaking the bank.

If you’re paying for your course yourself, you can spread the cost over up to 15 months, and you won’t pay any extra – all our payment plans are totally interest-free*.

They also come with low deposits, making it easy and affordable to get ahead in your career.

If your employer is paying for your course (or if you’d like them to!), our advisors can help you put together a business case showing the benefits of studying CIPD.

Give us a ring on 0330 660 0220 to find out more.

We give you two options, so you can choose a style of learning that suits you.

Our 100% online programme gives you a totally flexible experience that helps you fit CIPD into your life. You can access your course, resources, and webinars online anytime, anywhere.

Prefer more face-to-face learning? Our blended programmes offer a unique combination of exclusive live virtual workshops delivered by expert tutors, webinars, online learning and community collaboration.

For more info on how blended or online learning works, give us a ring or shoot us an email. Our friendly advisors would be happy to chat you through the process!

The CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate is made up of 4 modules that cover the key areas of basic HR and L&D:

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

For more details on what you'll learn, download your free CIPD Level 3 course brochure

Yes, you should join CIPD as a Student Member before you submit your first assignment for your Level 3 Certificate. You need to be a member so CIPD can moderate your assignments, award your grades, and give you your qualification – so it’s pretty important!

We’ll explain how to join as a Student Member once you enrol. Bear in mind you’ll pay an annual Student Membership fee to CIPD too.

Yes, you can! DPG is an online distance learning provider, so that means that we offer all of our CIPD courses , including our CIPD Level 3 qualification, online.

Online study is a form of distance learning, where you complete your qualification online and work through material at your own speed and your own schedule. All of the course materials, lectures and activities are accessed digitally and you’ll have access to a whole range of support to help you complete your qualification successfully.

The nature of online, self-guided study means that you set your own study timetable. Ultimately, this means that you can complete your CIPD Level 3 course part-time, if that’s what you want.

The fact that we offer our courses online means that you can complete the qualification from anywhere you want, any time that you want. All you need is a working internet connection and a internet-capable device, like a laptop, tablet or smartphone. Its inherent flexibility makes it a great way to fit studying a qualification around the demands of your life. Whether you’re currently working full-time and you want to study a new qualification to develop your career, or you have caring commitments and you don’t have the time to study full-time, online study gives you the freedom to set your own schedule. Whether you study the CIPD Level 3 part-time or full-time is entirely up to you and what you need!

For every module you study, you'll complete a written assignment. You'll hand these in online where they'll be marked by our assessors and moderated by CIPD.

And don't worry – if you don't pass an assignment first time, you'll be able to have another go with feedback and advice from your tutor. We’ve got your back!

Obtaining a CIPD Level 3 qualification is often the first step that many professionals take on their HR and Learning & Development career path. That’s because the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice is an entry-level qualification that’s aimed at people considering a career in HR for the first time, or for people at the very start of their career journey in the people profession. Perhaps the greatest benefit of studying a CIPD Level 3 is the fact that it will allow you to apply for entry-level HR roles like:

  • Junior HR Advisor
  • HR Administrator
  • HR Assistant

These roles are the perfect place to start your HR career and if you’re coming into the profession with no prior industry-experience studying a CIPD Level 3 qualification can help improve your chances of winning a role.

Another important benefit of studying a CIPD Level 3 is that it’s widely-recognised as a quality qualification by employers around the world. Having one improves your appeal as a professional, proving that you have the necessary type and quality of HR skills to excel in relevant positions in the industry. 

The most obvious benefit of getting your CIPD Level 3 is that it can seriously enhance your knowledge and skills when it comes to the world of HR, building foundational knowledge that you’ll rely on throughout your career in the field. 

Yes, you can. CIPD qualifications are designed to be studied in progression, letting you work your way up the career ladder by studying the relevant CIPD qualification. 

The CIPD Level 3 is intended as a foundation qualification, aimed at people who are coming into HR with little or no existing knowledge of the field. It provides an excellent base to learn the fundamentals of working in the people practice that you’ll build on throughout your career. 

The next level up in difficulty is the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Human Resources Management. This is an intermediate-level qualification that’s aimed at professionals who have some existing knowledge experience of HR in a work-setting. If you have successfully passed the CIPD Level 3 qualification, you’ll be eligible to study the CIPD Level 5 Diploma. 

The next and final qualification that you’ll be able to study once you’ve completed your Level 5 is the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic Human Resources Management. It’s designed for senior professionals with in-depth experience of HR who are looking to refine their career and develop strategic insight. 

Professional membership designations show the level of your skills and knowledge as a HR professional. There are several levels of membership in the CIPD – the professional membership body that protects standards in the HR and L&D fields. 

When you’re studying the CIPD Level 3, you’ll be required to apply for Student membership of the CIPD. This will help you to build your learning and advance your career prospects in the process. 

Once you successfully complete the CIPD Level 3, you’ll be eligible to use the professional designation ‘Foundation CIPD’ after your name. 

*Terms & Conditions apply. Any offer of credit is made by DPG and is subject to your status and eligibility.

‡ Average salaries are from the 2023 Hays Uk Salary & Recruiting Trends report.

† Statistics from a survey of 37 CIPD students who graduated between 2018 and 2022.