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ICS Real Stories: Carrie-Anne | Online CIPD Level 5 Review

Making the move from Trainer to Senior Learning and Development Specialist prompted Carrie-anne to study a Level 5 CIPD Diploma to excel in her role.


I am currently studying the CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Learning and Development through an online learning course with ICS Learn.

I have very recently changed job role to Senior Learning and Development Specialist, having previously been a Trainer for an Automotive Retailer and Service Provider.

My key reason for choosing to study my course was to gain more understanding of the principles of Learning and Development and to ensure that I am the best that I can be within my role.

I chose ICS Learn because it is flexible, and I can fit the learning around my full-time job, choosing to study in coffee shops or at home in a relaxed environment.

At first, I was worried that I wouldn’t have the discipline to learn online, however the way the course is structured into manageable chunks meant that if I found one element more difficult or tricky to understand, as soon as I had completed it I had the opportunity to move onto something different.

I was also concerned that I wouldn’t have the same support network, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The online classrooms and forums in the ‘Connect and Communicate’ area mean that you can always find someone going through the same part of the course as you, to give advice or feedback.

The tutors are also on hand whenever you need them, again via the student portal which is reassuring to check you are on the right track, or if you have any questions that your fellow students can’t answer.

My plans for the near future are to complete my studies with ICS Learn and ensuring that I take this new knowledge back into my role.

Long term I would like to continue on to a Level 7 course, so that I can keep developing my skills and knowledge.

I would definitely recommend ICS Learn especially if, like me, you want a flexible programme to fit around other commitments, like studying from your sofa and being in control of the pace and time at which you can study.

For me ICS Learn has given me the opportunity to get back into studying in an affordable and convenient way.

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