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CIPD Level 5 AwardBusiness Issues and the Contexts of Human Resources

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  • Learn with the UK’s most trusted CIPD Centre †
  • Cover one specific HR topic with this bite-sized course
  • Study anywhere, anytime on your laptop, phone or tablet
  • Live online classrooms & expert personal tutor
  • 4.8/5 Trustpilot rating from 4000+ independent reviews

Why is this course right for you?

This short course delves into the business and external contexts in which HR operates, and into HR's role in strategy formulation and implementation.

You'll learn to identify and review the factors affecting organisations and critically assess the impact of these factors on the HR function.

The course consists of one module from the CIPD Level 5 Diploma taken as a standalone qualification.

Entry requirements

To study this CIPD Intermediate Level 5 course, you should generally have at least one of the following:

  • Some HR experience in an entry-level HR role
  • Managerial experience that involved elements of HR
  • A degree and a desire to begin studying HR at a higher level than Foundation Level 3

If English is your second language, we recommend you have an IELTS 6.5/ESOL Level 2 or equivalent, but we're happy to review your case on an individual basis.

 

Course content

Your course and assignment are fully online.

You'll learn to:

  • Understand key contemporary business issues affecting the HR function within private, public and third sector organisations
  • Understand the main external contextual factors impacting organisations and the HR function
  • Understand the role of HR in the managing of contemporary business issues and external contexts
  • Understand how organisational and HR strategies and practices are shaped and developed
  • Know how to identify and respond to short-term changes in the business and external contexts

If you'd like to study a broader range of topics and prepare for managerial HR roles, we recommend the comprehensive Level 5 Diploma or mid-length Level 5 Certificate.

 

Qualification

On completion of this course, you'll achieve a CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Award in Human Resources, and your certificate from CIPD will reflect this.

The subject you studied will be specified on your attached transcript.

Please note that this Award won't qualify you for CIPD associate membership.

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Megan Florey‘The course is really interactive. I feel extremely confident in the tutors' knowledge and love that I can call or email them questions, no matter how small. My studying has helped in more ways than I could imagine!’
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Ruby Lawrence‘I chose ICS Learn for the flexibility. I’m able to work at my own pace at a time that suits me. If I’m having a really busy week I can pause my studies. I can also complete work really quickly when I have time to – I managed to complete one of the modules in a week!’
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Laura Evans‘I have a very flexible period of time to study, and submitting assignments is at my own pace. The support really is there when I need it. I am so pleased I took this leap and I’m so pleased I chose ICS Learn!’
- Laura Evans

  • Learn from highly experienced tutors including HR Directors, CEOs, lecturers and PhDs
  • Contact your CIPD tutor anytime online or by phone
  • Ask questions in real time in our live online CIPD classrooms
  • Access a CV builder, interview simulator and 1000+ career resources through our Career Hub

Human Resources FAQs

Yes! We’ve been a CIPD-awarded centre for 30 years, and pioneers in flexible learning for 130 years.

We’re the UK’s most trusted CIPD centre, with a Trustpilot rating of 4.8/5 from more than 4000 independent reviews.

And our CIPD pass rate is 96% from thousands of students each year. *

As a rough guide, Level 3 is for those with no or minimal HR experience. It’s perfect if you’re looking for your first HR role.

Level 5 is for those with some HR experience who are looking for a mid-level HR role. It’s also suitable if you’re new to HR but have a degree and want to begin your learning at a higher level.

Level 7 is for those with significant HR experience or an HR degree who are ready to take on postgraduate-level study. It’ll prepare you for strategic senior HR roles.

However, we know everyone’s situation is different. Our expert CIPD advisors will talk through your experience, education and ambitions to ensure you’re choosing the right course.

Award, Certificate and Diploma indicate the length and scope of your CIPD qualification.

CIPD Awards are bite-sized courses covering one unit from the Diploma. They're useful if you only want to learn about one specific area of HR, such as employment law.

CIPD Certificates are well-rounded mid-length qualifications, covering essential units from the Diploma.

CIPD Diplomas are the most comprehensive and desirable CIPD qualifications, covering everything you need to know to excel in your career. Most students choose the Diploma.

At each CIPD Level, there is a Diploma, a Certificate, and a variety of Awards.

Diplomas and Certificates give you CIPD professional membership; Awards don’t.

Right away! When you enrol, you’ll be able to log in to your course and get started within an hour.

There are no set start dates or schedules – everything is shaped around you.

As an ICS Learn CIPD student, you'll always have a real person on hand to help you when you need it. From the moment you enrol, you'll have access to:

  • Unlimited one-to-one support from your CIPD tutor – get in touch online or arrange a phone call
  • Live online CIPD classrooms so you can learn and ask questions in real time
  • CIPD classroom recordings so you can watch and rewatch them at a time that suits you
  • CIPD student forums to network and share advice with other HR professionals
  • Our friendly Student Services team to help you with non-academic questions
  • Our all-in-one online learning platform, the Student Community, filled with interactive course materials designed by CIPD experts

You'll also have unlimited lifetime access to our Career Hub, giving you thousands of resources to help you impress employers, master critical business skills, and build your dream career. It includes:

  • A CV and cover letter builder
  • An interview simulator
  • An elevator pitch builder
  • Career and work psychology assessments
  • In-depth industry and employer profiles
  • 350+ employer films with practical advice from hiring managers
  • 1000+ short courses, articles and videos on key career skills like negotiating a raise and leading a team

You can take a sneak peek at the Career Hub by signing up here

There are no exams or workshops on this course. You'll be assessed through a written report.

You’ll submit your assignment online to be marked by your tutor and verified by CIPD.

Get in touch with our CIPD Advisors on 0800 015 3326.

They’ll talk through your experience, education and ambitions to make sure you’re choosing the right course, then get you enrolled with an interest-free payment plan.

If you have any disabilities which you think might affect your studies or assessments, please tell your Course Advisor before you enrol so we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

†ICS Learn has a Trustpilot rating of 4.8/5 from more than 4000 independent student reviews.

*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 79 CIPD graduates from 08/15 & 08/17.

§Access to the Career Hub is unlimited for as long as ICS Learn provides the Career Hub service.

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