CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

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Course overview

This mid-level human resources qualification will help you gain a deeper understanding of the professional behaviours that lead to organisational success. Learn how to manage relationships, foster talent, guide strategic planning and reward performance.

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

An Associate Diploma typically takes between 12-16 months to complete.

Please note: classroom attendance is one evening per fortnight during term time.

What will I learn?

This qualification provides a strong foundation to give people professionals the confidence and capabilities to guide their decision-making, actions and behaviours.

Study method

Online, you will study award-winning video lessons, which are available on demand, and can be viewed from your phone, tablet or computer – meaning you can choose how, when and where you want to study. Lessons last for around 45-60 minutes and are accompanied by animations and motion graphics to bring concepts to life. Practice questions, downloadable lesson materials and interactive case studies help to enhance the learning experience further and learners should expect to spend around 3-4 hours studying independently online each week.

On campus, you benefit from regular classes with a college tutor – without having to commit to attending multiple evenings each week. Your tutor will review what you have learnt during your online lessons and will be on hand to provide guidance on progress and assessment. Regular discussion with classmates will help to reinforce key points while also providing the additional support and motivation that comes from being part of a group.

Units of study

Learners will study three core units, three specialist units and the choice of 1 optional unit:

Core units:

  • 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 units can be discussed with your tutor.

How will I be assessed?

Assignments are set by CIPD for each unit and learners will be required to pass all units to achieve the qualification.

Entry requirements

Learners will be expected to hold 5 GCSEs at grade 5 (C) or higher. Prior experience may also be considered. Learners should also have achieved qualifications in English and mathematics at GCSE or equivalent. A level 3 CIPD qualification is preferred.


Successful achievement of the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management will allow progression to study higher CIPD Associate Level 7 qualifications.

Career opportunities

When you complete the Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management, 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.

Additional information

An Associate Diploma typically takes between 12-16 months to complete. Workshop attendance is one day per fortnight during term time, some sessions may be virtual (this may vary depending on your chosen study centre).

How to apply

Applications can be made via our partner colleges and training providers.

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