CIPD Level 5

Associate Diploma in People Management

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What is a CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma?

The CIPD Level 5 Diploma in People Management is an HR qualification developed by the highly respected Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). It’s roughly equivalent to an undergraduate degree.

It’s the right choice for you if you have some HR experience and are looking for the next big step in your career, or if you’ve already completed a CIPD Foundation qualification.

Every module of the course is aligned with the CIPD Profession Map, which sets the global standard for people professionals and outlines the exact skills you need at each stage of your HR career – so you can be sure everything you learn is relevant, up-to-date, and will help you make a real impact at work.

What are the benefits of a CIPD Level 5 HR qualification?

The CIPD Level 5 Diploma shows employers that you have the wide range of skills you need to stand out in mid-level roles such as HR Manager, HR Advisor, and HR Business Partner.

You’ll explore a broad range of HR models and practices across key areas such as recruitment, talent management, and employment law, and gain a better understanding of the external factors that can have an impact on HR activities and organisations. You’ll also personally develop your analytical and problem-solving skills.

Successfully completing the Associate Diploma leads to CIPD Associate Membership, and will allow you to continue on to the highest level of CIPD study, the Advanced Diploma.

Level 5 HR Diploma FAQs

The CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management is right for you if:

  • You want to take the next step in your career in the people profession
  • You have some HR experience or a CIPD Level 3 qualification
  • You're currently in, or aiming for, a mid-level position like HR Manager or HR Business Partner
  • You want to add value to your organisation in a people practice role

The Associate Diploma is designed to give you the skills and knowledge you need to impress employers, take on managerial roles, deliver real results at work, and get ahead in your HR career.

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but it's designed for people who have some experience of HR or a CIPD Level 3 qualification.

Aside from that, as long as you're 18+ and have good literacy and numeracy skills, you're good to go.

We find it takes most students around 12 to 15 months to complete the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma.

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 18 months, and you won’t pay any extra – all our payment plans are totally interest free.

We also offer low deposits and no credit checks, so it's 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.

Prefer a more traditional learning experience? Our blended programmes give you a unique combination of workshops, 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 5 Associate Diploma in People Management covers three core units and three specialist units:

  • Organisational performance and culture in practice
  • Evidence based practice
  • Professional behaviours and valuing people
  • Employment relationship management
  • Talent management and workforce planning
  • Reward for performance and contribution

You'll also get to pick one optional unit from the following list:

  • Specialist employment law
  • Advances in digital learning and development
  • Learning and development essentials
  • People management in an international context
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Leadership management development
  • Well-being at work

For more details on what you'll learn, download your free CIPD brochure.

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!

Yes, you should join CIPD as a Student Member before you submit your first assignment for your Level 5 Diploma. 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.

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