CIPD Level 5 Courses

Our CIPD pass rate is 99%*

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.


Learn anywhere, anytime with 24/7 online course access


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


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


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 4.8/5 from more than 5,000 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."

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Hollie Powell

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

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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."

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Susan Burns

CIPD Level 5 FAQs

We’re the UK’s most recommended CIPD centre, with a Trustpilot rating of 4.8/5 from more than 5000+ 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 150,000 members worldwide, and every year, more than 25,000 professionals study CIPD HR and L&D qualifications. It’s the gold standard for professional quality in human resources and learning and development.

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.

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.

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.


Ready to learn more or have questions about CIPD? Contact our expert CIPD advisors by email, online chat or phone on 0800 015 3326.

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

* 99% pass rate based on 16,459 out of 16,685 assignments achieving a pass at the first or second attempt between Sept 2019 and Aug 2020.

‡ 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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