CIPD Level 5 Courses

Our CIPD pass rates is 93%†

Get your CIPD Level 5 Associate qualification 100% online and advance your career from anywhere.

CIPD Level 5 qualifications are ideal if you have some HR/L&D experience or a university degree. They’ll give you the knowledge, skills and professional credibility you need to progress to mid-level roles like HR/L&D Manager or Advisor – and with us, it's easy to shape your course around your life.

Wifi Blue 45

Learn online anywhere, anytime with 24/7 online course access

Calendar Clock Blue 45

Set your own flexible study plan and learn at your own pace

Credit Card Blue 45

From £162/month interest-free* with our flexible payment plans

User Green 45

Live online CIPD classrooms and unlimited support

Get a CIPD Associate qualification with the only CIPD centre that gives you total freedom.

Our online CIPD Level 5 courses are uniquely flexible, so you can easily complete your qualification alongside working full-time or caring for family.

  • 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 phone, tablet or laptop

Plus, you’ll have unlimited one-to-one support from your expert CIPD tutors throughout your course. You can get in touch online, arrange a phone call, or ask questions in real time during our live online classrooms.

That's why our students achieve incredible success in their careers - and why they've rated us Excellent on Trustpilot from more than 8,000 independent reviews.

CIPD Level 5 Student Reviews

"ICS Learn is an excellent provider as all of the tutors are very knowledgeable and experienced in their fields."

85X85 Hollie Powell

Hollie Powell

"ICS Learn really understand people’s requirements. There is flexibility not just in studying but also in paying your fees."

Alvia Linfa Carvalho

Alvia Linfa Carvalho

"It has given me the confidence and boost needed to secure my first role in HR, after working in recruitment for nearly 20 years."

Susan Burns Cipd

Susan Burns

CIPD Level 5 FAQs

The human resources department is an integral part of any successful company, so there's a consistently high demand for qualified HR professionals.

This means that the rewards for working in HR are great. According to the CIPD, entry-level HR officers earn on average £26,000 a year, rising to £31,000 with experience.

HR Managers earn around £46,000 a year and HR Directors earn an average of £75,000, rising to upwards of £150,000 with bonuses included.

Depending on the level you study at, your CIPD qualification could lead to desirable roles such as:

  • HR Assistant
  • HR Advisor
  • HR Analyst
  • HR Manager
  • People & Culture Manager
  • HR Business Partner
  • HR Consultant
  • Head of HR
  • HR Director
  • Director of People & Culture
  • Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Chief People Officer

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 150,000 members worldwide, and every year, more than 25,000 professionals study a CIPD HR or L&D course. CIPD is also the only organisation in the world that can confer Chartered status on HR and L&D professionals.

CIPD HR training and accreditation is the gold standard for professional quality in human resources, so CIPD qualifications are highly respected and sought-after by employers. Our HR Employer Survey found that 78% of senior HR jobs and 72% of mid-level HR jobs listed CIPD qualifications as desirable or essential.§

Whether you're just starting out in HR or looking to take your career to the next level, our CIPD qualifications can help you:

  • Enhance your CV and attract top employers globally
  • Secure promotions and new roles
  • Increase your earning potential
  • Stand out in your organisation for the high quality of your work
  • Build your professional credibility and confidence

CIPD Level 5 Associate qualifications are the perfect way to progress to mid-level roles like HR Manager, L&D Manager, or HR Advisor.

They're ideal if you:

  • Have some experience working in HR/L&D
  • Have some experience working in a role that involves elements of HR/L&D, such as management
  • Are new to the profession but have a university degree and want to begin learning at a higher level than Level 3

If you're new to HR/L&D and would prefer to begin with the basics, the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice might suit you best. It will help you launch your career in entry-level roles.

If you have significant experience or an HR degree, a CIPD Level 7 Advanced qualification is right for you. It'll give you the advanced strategic skills you need to take on senior roles like HR Business Partner, Head of L&D, and HR Director.

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.

Yes, you can!

If you enrol on our CIPD fast-track programme, you'll cover the same content on an accelerated timeline of 10 months, and you'll be expected to study for 8 to 10 hours each week (this includes attending classes, reading, working through content and writing assessments). 

This type of accelerated study may be ideal for students who are balancing study with work or family commitments or may be tied to achieving a qualification for a performance review or appraisal. 

For more information on our CIPD fast-track programmes, get in touch with our course advisors by webchat, email or phone.

If you’re not ready to commit to the full CIPD Level 5 Diploma in People Management or Organisational L&D, and would like to focus on only the essential modules, you could study our CIPD Level 5 Core programme.

It covers 3 modules:

  • Organisational Performance and Culture in Practice
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Professional Behaviours and Valuing People

The programme has an average completion time of 6 months and a support period of 9 months. It costs £1,529 which can be paid in interest-free monthly instalments.

Bear in mind that the Core programme won’t give you a CIPD qualification, just the essential skills you need for mid-level HR and L&D roles.

If you complete the programme and then decide you’d like to move onto the full CIPD Level 5 Diploma in People Management or Organisational L&D, you won’t need to take the whole course again – you can simply complete the extra 4 modules and you’ll be CIPD qualified!

For more information on our CIPD Core programmes, get in touch with our course advisors by webchat, email or phone.

Download Your Free Course Guide

* Any offer of credit is made by ICS and is subject to your status and eligibility.

93% pass rate based on 9,266 assignments achieving a pass in 2023.

‡ 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.