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The purpose of this unit is to introduce learners to human resources (HR) activity and to the role of the HR function in organisations in general terms. It focuses on the aims and objectives of HR departments in contemporary organisations and particularly on the ways that these are evolving. Different ways of delivering HR objectives and emerging developments in the management of the employment relationship are explored as well as the methods that can be used to demonstrate that the function adds value for organisations.
The unit also aims to inform learners about published research evidence linking HR activity with positive organisational outcomes. The case for professionalism and an ethical approach to HR is introduced as is the role played by HR managers in facilitating and promoting effective change management.
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 Managing and Co-ordinating the Human Resources Function has 6 credits.
The learning outcomes for this unit are shown below. By the end of the unit, you will be able to:
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:
If English is your second language, you’ll need an IELTS 6.5 or ESOL Level 2 (or equivalent). If you don’t have this, we’ll review your case on an individual basis.
If you're unsure that this is the right course for you, speak to our expert CIPD course advisors by phone, email or webchat. They'll take time to learn about your experience, education and ambitions, and help you make the right choice.
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.
Assessment for this unit is by way of a 3000 word written report.
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.