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The fully online CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in Human Resource Management is a comprehensive and in-depth course that will allow you to excel in HR management roles. 

The Intermediate qualification sits at undergraduate level and is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the largest professional body for HR in Europe.

With unlimited support from your personal CIPD tutor, you'll learn to co-ordinate the HR function, use and critically evaluate a range of HR models and practices, and understand the external factors which impact HR. You'll also master employment law, talent planning and reward management. 

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If the online Level 5 Diploma course isn't right for you, have a look at our other online CIPD courses at Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced level.

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Structure of the Course

The CIPD Intermediate Diploma in Human Resource Management is worth 44 credits.

You'll complete the programme in two parts. The first has four modules:

  1. Developing Professional Practice (4 credits)
  2. Using Information in HR (4 credits)
  3. Business Issues and the Contexts of HR (6 credits)
  4. Managing and Coordinating the HR Function (6 credits)

The second also has four modules:

  1. Resourcing and Talent Planning (6 credits)
  2. Reward Management (6 credits)
  3. Employment Law (6 credits)
  4. Contemporary Developments in Employment Relations (6 credits)

Key Topics

Developing Professional Practice  

  1. This unit is designed to give you a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by Human Resources professionals, whether in a generalist or specialist role, and as described in the CIPD HR Profession Map (HRPM).
  2. 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.
  3. It'll 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.

Using Information in Human Resources 

  1. Human Resources professionals need to be able to present a viable and realistic case for improvement based on sound work-based research and an understanding of what is considered good practice.
  2. This core unit develops the skills of research and enquiry in order to enable you to identify appropriate data sources to support an investigation into an area of HR practice, to synthesise and apply this data, to evaluate the role of HR in business and strategy formulation and implementation, and to prepare and present a business case for improvement.

Business Issues and the Contexts of Human Resources  

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

Managing and Coordinating the Human Resources Function  

  1. The purpose of this unit is to introduce you to Human Resources 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.
  2. You'll explore different ways of delivering HR objectives and emerging developments in the management of the employment relationship, as well as the methods that can be used to demonstrate that the function adds value for organisations.
  3. The unit will also inform you about published research evidence linking HR activity with positive organisational outcomes.
  4. 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.

Resourcing and Talent Planning 

  1. A fundamental part of the Human Resource management role is concerned with the mobilisation of a workforce, taking responsibility for ensuring that the organisation is able to access the skills it needs at the time and in the places that it needs them to drive sustained organisation performance. This involves attracting, retaining and, from time to time, managing the departure of staff from the organisation. Achieving this requires insight-driven strategic and operational activity. Organisations are obliged to compete with one another to secure the services of a workforce in labour markets that are continually evolving.
  2. One of the major aims of this unit is thus to introduce you to the strategic approaches that organisations take to position themselves as employers in the labour market, and to plan effectively so that they're able to meet their current and anticipated organisational skills needs.
  3. Another is to introduce the key operational tools, techniques and practices that organisations use to resource their organisations effectively. These encompass recruitment, selection, workforce planning, staff retention, succession planning, retirement and dismissal processes.
  4. The purpose of this unit is to provide an overview of the way different organisations are managing these activities and which are the most effective in the context of diverse and distributed locations.

Reward Management 

  1. The reward management unit will give you a wide understanding of how the business context drives reward strategies and policies, including labour market, industrial and sector trends; regional differences in pay and international comparisons; the financial drivers of the organisation; the balance sheet; and the impact of reward costs.
  2. You'll be required to gather and evaluate intelligence on a wide range of reward data and show how this impacts upon business decisions.
  3. You'll learn about the perspectives, principles and policies of reward from a theoretical and strategic focus, and learn how to implement them in practice.
  4. You'll be able to assess the contribution of reward to business viability and advise on the appropriateness of policies and practices to line managers to promote employee performance.

Employment Law 

  1. Recent decades have seen a substantial increase in the extent to which the employment relationship in the UK, Eire and the EU is regulated through employment legislation. As a result, Human Resources professionals are now obliged to take account of legal requirements in different jurisdictions when carrying out many central aspects of their role. They're also obliged to take responsibility for the defence and settlement of claims lodged with employment tribunals by aggrieved employees or former employees.
  2. The purpose of this unit is to introduce the major areas of employment legislation and the employment law system, focusing in particular on ways in which day-to-day HR activities are subjected to some form of regulation.
  3. The unit is intended to provide an overview, rather than to focus in detail on the operation of specific employment laws. It's for those who need to understand and be able to evaluate emerging developments in the management of the employment relationship in local and international jurisdictions.

Contemporary Developments in Employment Relations

  1. Human Resource professionals need to understand key developments in the theory and practice of employment relations, both within and beyond the immediate organisational context.
  2. This unit allows you to build on your knowledge and experience to develop the skills required to make informed and effective judgement about existing and emerging models, processes and practices of employment relations in local and international jurisdictions.
  3. The unit is designed to encourage you to assess and understand broader developments that influence the effective management of the employment relationship in indigenous and multinational organisations.

This course is set at Level 5 and is therefore equivalent to the 2nd year of a degree.

The Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in Human Resource Management is ideal if you:

  1. Are looking to develop a career in HR management
  2. Are already working in HR management and want to expand your knowledge and formalise your expertise
  3. Need to understand the role of HR in the wider organisational and environmental context
  4. Seek to develop your HR knowledge after studying a CIPD Level 3 Foundation qualification
  5. Aspire to become a professional member of the CIPD as an Associate Member

It covers more units than the Level 5 Certificate, so it'll give you a more comprehensive knowledge of HR management.

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.

If you have any disabilities which you believe may impact your studies or assessments, please inform your Course Advisor before enrolment so that we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

Once you've completed the Intermediate Diploma in Human Resource Management, you'll be equipped with the knowledge and skills required for a variety of more senior HR roles.

If you're already working in HR, you'll have a qualification that builds on your experience and demonstrates your commitment to your professional development.

Jobs you could hold at this stage include:

  1. HR Analyst
  2. HR Manager
  3. HR Advisor
  4. HR Business Partner
  5. Recruitment Manager

Any CIPD qualification is highly attractive to employers, as it demonstrates both your professional expertise and your commitment to furthering your career.

Plus, once you graduate, you'll automatically become an Associate Member of CIPD, showing that you hold yourself to the highest professional standards.

If you decide to continue your professional development with CIPD, your study and further experience could lead to Chartered status with the Institute, and the potential for lucrative and rewarding senior level roles.

You could continue your professional development with the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Certificate in Human Resources or the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management. 

Study at this level would qualify you for senior HR management roles, such as:

  1. Head of HR
  2. HR Director
  3. Senior HR Manager
  4. HR Consultant
  5. Recruitment Manager
  6. People Development Manager

It would also allow you to become a Chartered Member of the Institute once you have the relevant experience.

We believe in making learning accessible and affordable for all, so you'll have the option to pay for your course through an interest-free payment plan. You'll be able to get started right away with a small deposit and pay the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can pay your balance off sooner if you choose.

If your company will fund your course, we can help you arrange this.

Speak to our course advisors for more information on our payment plans.

Extensive Resources

Once you enrol, you’ll have access to our Student Community, which will allow you to see your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your assignments and connect with your fellow students. 

Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field. You'll work through step-by-step units so you can easily keep track of your progress.

You'll have the opportunity to join a live induction webinar when you start your course. It's designed to help you navigate your way around the student community, to offer you help and support, and most importantly to give you a warm and friendly welcome to ICS Learn. We usually hold one a week, and you can attend any one that suits you.

You’ll have access to a huge range of resources that will aid your studies, including:

  1. Interactive Resources
  2. Progress Checks
  3. Peer Discussions
  4. Personal Journal
  5. Awarding Body Resources

As a CIPD Level 5 student, you'll also receive two ebooks.

In addition to working through your course materials, you'll be able to join a live tutor-led online classroom. You'll be able to talk to the tutor, interact with other students, and get help with anything you're stuck with. All the classes are recorded so you can watch them in your own time if you prefer, and re-watch them as many times as you need.

Unlimited Support

You’ll be assigned an expert academic tutor who'll be with you from enrolment to graduation. Their support is unlimited and you can contact them by phone or via the Student Community. They’ll answer any questions you have about coursework, study materials, and assessments, and help you work through any part of the course you’re stuck with.

They’ll also give you test papers and mock exams to ensure you’re ready to pass your exams. All your papers will be given constructive feedback so you know exactly what your strengths are and what you can improve.

Our dedicated student support team will be on hand to assist you with administrative tasks, using the Student Community, and any other non-academic queries you may have.

You'll be assessed through written answer papers, research proposals and reports. They'll be between 2000 and 3000 words.

You'll submit them online through the Student Community to be marked by your tutor. 

The assessments for each unit are:

Developing Professional Practice

  1. Written answer paper

Using Information in Human Resources

  1. Written research proposal

Business Issues and the Contexts of Human Resources

  1. Written report

Managing and Co-ordinating the Human Resources Function

  1. Written answer paper

Resourcing and Talent Planning

  1. Written answer paper

Reward Management

  1. Written report

Employment Law

  1. Written answer paper

Contemporary Developments in Employment Relations

  1. Written answer paper

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