CIPD Level 5 Award Developing Professional Practice

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This unit is designed to enable you to develop a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by human resources (HR) professionals, whether in a generalist or specialist role, and as described in the CIPD HR Profession Map (HRPM).

The unit embraces the 'thinking performer' perspective and covers the competencies needed by the HR professional in a personal capacity, when collaborating and working with others, and when functioning efficiently and effectively in an organisational context. It will enable you to assess your own strengths and identify a continuing professional development (CPD) plan, based on the capabilities required for ethical, business-focused and interpersonal professional conduct.

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 Developing Professional Practice has 4 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 what is required to be an effective and efficient HR professional
  2. Be able to perform efficiently and effectively as a self-managing HR professional
  3. Be able to perform efficiently and effectively as a collaborative member of working groups and teams and as an added value contributor to the organisation
  4. Be able to apply CPD techniques to construct, implement and review a personal development plan.

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

If English is not your first language, you will be required to have an IELTS score of 6 or above.

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 2000 word written paper.

Because we're experts in online learning, we'll offer all the support you need along the way.

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 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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