CIPD Level 5 Award Business Issues and the Contexts of Human Resources

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Human resources (HR) professionals need to understand key developments in the business and external contexts within which HR operates. This unit enables learners to identify and review the business and external contextual factors affecting organisations and to assess the impacts of these factors on the HR function. The unit also examines HR's role in strategy formulation and implementation. The unit is designed to encourage learners to adopt a critical perspective of these contexts and to provide workable organisational and HR solutions to address them.

The new Intermediate Level Awards in Human Resources from CIPD are set at undergraduate level and will develop your ability to evaluate the effectiveness of different HR models and practices and increase your understanding of the external factors that impact upon HR activities and organisations.

Structure of Qualification

To achieve an Intermediate Award in Human Resources, you need a total of between 3 and 12 credits. The Intermediate Award in Business Issues and the Contexts of Human Resources has 6 credits.

Key Topics

The learning outcomes for this unit are shown below. By the end of the unit, you will be able to:

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

This is a Level 5 programme and is equivalent in level to the second year of an undergraduate degree programme.

The Intermediate Level Awards in Human Resources are for those who:

  1. Aspire to work in HR or already work in HR and want to study a recognised undergraduate level qualification
  2. Work in an HR support role and want to formalise their experience and progress their career by developing their knowledge and skills at a higher level

As all the units form part of the Intermediate Certificate / Diploma in Human Resource Management, you can also use your Award to work towards meeting the knowledge requirements for CIPD professional membership by taking additional units to achieve the full Intermediate Certificate or Diploma. 

On completion, you'll receive a CIPD Intermediate Award in Human Resources.

Awarding Body

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is Europe's largest HR and development professional body. They are a globally recognised brand with over 135,000 members, and pride themselves on supporting and developing those responsible for the management and development of people within organisations.

Assessment for this unit is by way of a 3000 word written report.

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You'll receive access to online course materials that have been specially designed for online learning by experts in your fields of study, and have access to both your tutors and mentor online and over the phone.

You'll also be part of our online Student Community, where you'll have access to library materials and your account information, as well as vital links with your fellow students.

You will also receive the following ebook: Kew, J and Stredwick, J (2010) Human Resource Management in a Business Context,

You can either pay for your course in full or opt for a monthly payment plan.

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CIPD membership is not necessary when studying for an Award in Human Resources, although there is a one-off payment of £30 to CIPD.

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