CIPD Level 3 Diploma Human Resource Practice

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The UK’s only CIPD centre approved to deliver Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced Level HR qualifications 100% online. To learn more, call us now on 0800 092 0440.

A career in human resources has the potential to take you places, and our 100% online CIPD Human Resource Practice Diploma course is a great way to develop your skills and career prospects. It's accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the largest human resources and development professional body in Europe.

The Level 3 CIPD Diploma in Human Resource Practice will teach you the essential principles of HR and the processes and strategies involved in successful personnel management and development. It'll equip you for a support-level role in any HR department.

You'll learn the fundamentals of HR Practice and build a firm foundation on which to base a successful career in human resources. You'll look at the role of human resources in business, and learn to assess skills and knowledge and create skill sets that strengthen the workforce.

You'll look at data analysis and learn techniques for personnel development and motivation, such as performance-related reward programmes. You'll examine the legal aspects of personnel management, as will effective strategies for successful change management.

Once you've completed the course, you'll automatically become an Associate Member of the CIPD.

CIPD Online Courses

If the Level 3 CIPD Foundation Diploma isn't right for you, have a look at our range of 100% online CIPD Level 5 and CIPD Level 7 courses.

Structure of the Course

To achieve the CIPD Diploma in HR Practice, you need a total of 37 credits, which you'll gain by completing all of the following units.

  1. Understanding Organisations and the Role of Human Resources - 4 credits
  2. Recording, Analysing and Using HR Information - 2 credits
  3. Resourcing Talent - 6 credits
  4. Developing Yourself as an Effective HR/L&D Practitioner - 4 credits
  5. Delivering Learning and Development Activities - 6 credits
  6. Supporting Good Practice in Performance and Reward Management - 6 credits
  7. Supporting Good Practice in Managing Employment Relations - 6 credits
  8. Supporting Change within Organisations - 3 credits

Key Topics

Understanding Organisations and the Role of Human Resources

  1. This unit provides an introduction to the role of HR and L&D operations within an organisation and environmental context. You'll develop your understanding of how HR activities support an organisation's strategy and assist in achieving of business objectives, and how these are shaped by internal and external factors.

Recording, Analysing and Using HR Information 

  1. This unit develops your understanding of the important contribution that accurate data can make to the HR or L&D function. The unit is intended to span the remit of data management for all areas including, but not limited to, HR planning, recruitment and selection, performance and reward management, absence management, disciplinary and grievance procedures and electronic record management for L&D.

Resourcing Talent

  1. Organisational success depends on having the right skill mix. This unit provides an introduction to the resourcing and talent planning process. Studying this unit will enable you to understand the factors that impact on an organisation's resourcing and talent planning activities. You'll also learn about the relationship between recruitment and selection by identifying the key stages in each separate but related process.

Developing Yourself as an Effective HR/L&D Practitioner

  1. This unit is designed to enable you to develop a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviour required of a professional practitioner. It'll enable you to develop a personal development plan, following a self-assessment of learning and development needs that meets your personal and professional requirements.

Delivering Learning and Development Activities

  1. This unit will give you the knowledge and skills required to deliver planned L&D activities in one-to-one, small group and large group sessions. The need for learning and development arises for diverse reasons, including both individual self-assessment and organisational assessment. A learning and development needs analysis may identify organisational challenges or problems affecting employees, for example, major organisational change, the introduction of new operations or systems and/or the maintenance of existing operations or systems.

Supporting Good Practice in Performance and Reward Management

  1. This unit gives you an introduction to the purpose and processes of performance and reward management, and the role of HR in promoting and supporting good practice. Studying this unit will enable you to develop your understanding of how motivational theories and associated tools can be used within the context of performance and reward management and how these can have a positive impact on an organisation's business objectives.

Supporting Good Practice in Managing Employment Relations

  1. Managing the employment relationship effectively is a key part of the role of the HR practitioner. This unit aims to introduce a number of aspects of this task and to provide an introduction to employment law within the context of employee relations. It starts with an explanation of the employment relationship and the key parties that are involved within it. It then focuses on different aspects of HR activity, looking at good practice and legal requirements within each activity.

Supporting Change within Organisations

  1. This unit covers the main factors that need to be considered in the change process. It'll enable you to understand why organisations need to change, with reference to key internal and external factors. You'll be introduced to change concepts and different ways of managing change.

You don't need any prior experience or qualifications to enrol on this Foundation course. However, you must be proficient in English and have access to email and the Internet.

This qualification is perfect if you're new to HR or if you're currently working in a HR support role (such as HR Admin or HR Officer).

CIPD Foundation qualifications are ideal if you:

  1. Want to gain the essential knowledge and skills required to move into HR
  2. Are working in an HR support role but don't have a formal HR qualification
  3. Are a line manager with responsibility for people management and development
  4. Are looking to become a professional member of the CIPD (Associate Assoc CIPD)

With a qualification in HR Practice from the leading professional body in the field, you'll be ready to excel in an entry/support-level role in any HR department.

If you're already working in personnel, you'll have a qualification that builds on your previous experience and demonstrates your commitment to furthering your career.

Jobs you could hold at this Level include:

  1. HR Assistant
  2. HR Coordinator
  3. HR Administrator
  4. Trainer

Any CIPD qualification is highly attractive to employers, as it demonstrates both your professional expertise and your commitment to furthering your career.

Plus, once you graduate, you'll automatically become an Associate Member of CIPD, showing that you hold yourself to the highest professional standards.

If you decide to continue your professional development with CIPD, your study and further experience could lead to Chartered status with the Institute, and the potential for lucrative and rewarding senior level roles.

Once you've graduated, you could take your next step with the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate or the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

Study at Level 5 would allow you to hold roles such as:

  1. HR Manager
  2. HR Advisor
  3. HR Analyst
  4. HR Business Partner
  5. Recruitment Manager

You can either pay for your course in full or opt for an interest-free payment plan. You'll pay a small deposit and the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can extend the terms or pay your balance off sooner if you choose.

Speak to our course advisors for more information on our payment plans.

Extensive Resources

Once you enrol, you’ll have access to our Student Community, which will allow you to see your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your assignments and connect with your fellow students. 

Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field. You'll work through step-by-step modules so you can easily keep track of your progress.

You'll have the opportunity to join a live induction webinar when you start your course. It's designed to help you navigate your way around the student community, to offer you help and support, and most importantly to give you a warm and friendly welcome to ICS Learn. We usually hold one a week, and you can attend any one that suits you.

You’ll have access to a huge range of resources that will aid your studies, including:

  1. Interactive Quizzes
  2. Progress Checks
  3. Peer Discussions
  4. Personal Journal
  5. Awarding Body Resources

As a Level 3 CIPD HR Practice student, you'll receive the complimentary e-book:

  1. Human Resource Practice, 5th Edition, by Martin, Whiting and Jackson

Unlimited Support

You’ll be assigned an expert academic tutor who'll be with you from enrolment to graduation. Their support is unlimited and you can contact them by phone, email or via the Student Community. They’ll answer any questions you have about coursework, study materials, assessments and exams, and help you work through any part of the course you’re stuck with.

They’ll also give you test papers and mock exams to ensure you’re ready to pass your exams. All your papers will be marked and given constructive feedback so you know exactly what your strengths are and what you can improve.

Our dedicated student support team will be on hand to assist you with administrative tasks, using the Student Community, and any other non-academic queries you may have.

You'll also benefit from our CIPD mentors, who'll be your first point of contact regarding the course. They'll make you a personalised study plan which is shaped to your needs, ambitions and schedule. They'll also make your life easier by registering your CIPD membership for you and booking any workshops you wish to attend.

Yopu'll be assessed in a variety of ways, including through Personal Development Plans (PDPs), portfolios, case studies and skills assignments with written tasks.

The assessments for each unit are:

  1. Understanding Organisations and the Role of Human Resources: Three short written tasks
  2. Recording, Analysing and Using HR Information: A case study
  3. Resourcing Talent: Two written tasks 
  4. Developing Yourself as an Effective HR/L&D Practitioner: A personal development plan (PDP)
  5. Delivering Learning and Development Activities: Two written tasks 
  6. Supporting Good Practice in Performance and Reward Management: Two written tasks 
  7. Supporting Good Practice in Managing Employment Relations: Three short case studies
  8. Supporting Change within Organisations: Analysis of an example of organisational change

Please note that CIPD's annual Student membership fees are additional to your course fee.

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