CIPD Level 3 Courses

Our CIPD pass rate is 96%*

Get your CIPD Level 3 qualification 100% online and advance your career from home.

Our online CIPD Level 3 courses are perfect if you’re just beginning your HR career. They’ll help you stand out to employers and excel in entry-level roles such as HR Assistant or Administrator. Plus, our courses are uniquely flexible, so they’re easy to fit around your job, family and other commitments.


Learn anywhere, anytimewith 24/7 online course access


Shape learning around your lifeand study at your own pace


From £67/month interest-freewith our flexible payment plans


Live online CIPD classroomsand unlimited expert tutor support

Learn with the only CIPD centre that gives you total freedom in your studies.

With ICS Learn, it’s easy to fit your CIPD qualification into a busy schedule.

  • Learn anytime – before work, during your lunchbreak, or after the kids are in bed
  • Learn anywhere – your home, your office, your commute, or the local park
  • Learn on-the-go – on your mobile, tablet or laptop

Our self-paced online courses let you set your own flexible study plan and learn at your own pace, with plenty of time for study breaks if you need them.

Plus, you’ll have unlimited one-to-one support from your expert CIPD tutor online, by phone, and in our live online CIPD classrooms, so you’ll always have a helping hand if you get stuck.

CIPD Level 3 Student Reviews

"I got a job as Senior HR Officer, which increased my salary by 50%. I would thoroughly recommend ICS Learn to anyone."

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Charles Goff-Deakins

"The ICS Learn system is so flexible, I’m able to care for my family and study at the same time – everything’s at my own pace."

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Marion Turvey

"Taking that first step to gain a qualification has worked wonders for me, within 12 months of enrolling I have secured a position in HR."

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Katie Frail

CIPD Level 3 FAQs

We’re the UK’s most recommended CIPD centre, with a Trustpilot rating of 4.8/5 from more than 4000 independent student reviews. We’re trusted by thousands of students each year across 100+ countries.

We’re also the world’s most experienced online learning provider, having been pioneers in flexible distance learning for 130 years.

Our flexible self-paced course structure, unlimited tutor support, and interest-free monthly payment plans make it easy to shape learning around your life.

That’s why every year, we help thousands of students like you get qualifications they need to succeed.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the world’s largest professional body for those involved in the management and development of people.

It has over 150,000 members worldwide, and every year, 25,000 people study CIPD HR and L&D qualifications. They're the gold standard for professional quality in HR and L&D.

This means that CIPD qualifications are highly respected and sought-after by employers. Our HR Employer Survey found that 77.5% of senior HR jobs and 72% of mid-level HR jobs listed CIPD as desirable or essential.§

Where CIPD qualifications aren't a necessity, they'll put you head and shoulders above the competition.

Every learner is different, so you should always talk to an experienced CIPD advisor before choosing your course, but generally, CIPD Level 3 Foundation courses are for those with no or minimal HR experience.

They're perfect if you’re looking for your first HR role as they cover the basics of HR and give you the knowledge you’ll need to shine in an entry-level position. 

As Level 3 has been designed for beginners, you may already have many of the skills that it covers if you’re working in an entry-level HR role. You should only choose to study a Foundation qualification if you feel you need to consolidate your knowledge of basic HR practices.

If you’re currently working in HR and looking to progress your career, you’ll likely be better served by a CIPD Level 5 Intermediate qualification. They're designed for those with some HR experience or a university degree who want to progress to mid-level roles like HR Advisor or Manager.

If you have significant HR experience or an HR degree, a CIPD Level 7 Advanced qualification is right for you. They'll build on your existing experience and prepare you for strategic senior HR roles.

Still not sure? Before you enrol with us, our expert CIPD advisors will talk through your experience, education, and ambitions to ensure you’re choosing the right course for you.

At each CIPD Level, there are three lengths of qualification to choose from.

CIPD Diplomas are the most comprehensive CIPD courses at each level and take the longest to complete. They cover all areas of HR from employment law to talent management, giving you well-rounded generalist and specialist knowledge that will serve you well in a wide variety of roles.

CIPD Certificates consist of selected modules from the full Diploma. They're slightly shorter in length, but still cover the core subjects in detail, and are a great choice if you’re looking to gain essential HR knowledge in less time.

CIPD Award is an individual module from the Diploma studied as a standalone course. They give you in-depth knowledge of a narrow subject area and are ideal if you’d like to specialise in a specific area of HR such as employment law.

Our CIPD Advisors will help you choose which length of qualification is right for you.

Ready to learn more or have questions about CIPD? Contact our expert CIPD advisors by email, online chat or phone on 0333 363 6743

You can also advance your career with our range of online CIPD Learning & Development courses.

* 96% pass rate based on 18,872 assignments submitted and 18,125 passed between 1/9/17 and 31/8/18.

‡ Data from a survey of 333 ICS Learn CIPD graduates from between 2012 and 2019.

§ Data from a survey of 600 open HR job adverts listed on between July and September 2019.

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