CIPD Level 3 Diploma Learning & Development

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The CIPD Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Learning & Development is the most comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of L&D. It's perfect if you're looking to move into L&D, or if you're currently in an L&D or training support role and want to formalise and build on your existing knowledge.

With a qualification in L&D from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the largest HR and Development body in Europe, you'll be developing your skills and career options while you learn to do the same for others.

The CIPD Diploma in L&D is highly practical and real-world focused, so you can put what you learn into practice from day one. It'll give you an in-depth grounding in the training cycle and the fundamentals of learning and development, including its impact on business sustainability. You'll learn how to identify training needs then plan, deliver and monitor L&D activities for both groups and individuals.

This course will give you the confidence to be more effective at work and excel your field.

If the Level 3 Diploma isn't right for you, have a look at our other CIPD L&D courses at Levels 3, 5 and 7.

*Pass rate based on 17,406 submitted assignments and 16,550 passes between 16th January 2016 and 17th January 2017.

To achieve the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Learning & Development, you'll complete 8 units totalling 38 credits.

  1. Becoming an Effective L&D Practitioner (4 credits)
  2. L&D and the organisation (4 credits)
  3. Identifying L&D Needs (3 credits)
  4. Designing L&D Activities (6 credits)
  5. Delivering L&D Activities (6 credits)
  6. Evaluating L&D Activities (3 credits)
  7. Supporting Individual Learning through Coaching and Mentoring (6 credits)
  8. Supporting Collective and Social Learning (6 credits)


You'll attend two workshops on our CIPD Level 3 Foundation Diploma course. This gives you the opportunity to:

  1. Network with like-minded professionals
  2. Build confidence in the new skills you've learned
  3. Meet your tutor face-to-face

Workshop fees are additional to our course fees. Please speak to our course advisors for more information on our workshops.

You don't need any prior experience or qualifications to take this Foundation L&D level course. However, you must be proficient in English and have access to email and the internet.

Some knowledge of or experience in HR/L&D support or management would be beneficial, but it isn't essential. This Diploma will teach you everything you need to know to begin your L&D career.

This course is perfectly suited to you if you:

  1. Want to gain the essential knowledge and skills required to move into L&D
  2. Are working in an HR or L&D support role but don't hold a formal HR or L&D qualification
  3. Are a current line manager with responsibility for people management and development
  4. Are looking to become a professional member of the CIPD (Assoc CIPD)

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.

With a Foundation Diploma in Learning & Development from the leading professional body in the field, you'll be ready to excel in an entry/support-level L&D or training role.

Jobs you could hold at this level of study include:

  1. L&D Assistant
  2. L&D Coordinator
  3. L&D Administrator
  4. Trainer

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 5 Intermediate Certificate or the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in L&D

The Certificate will give you key knowledge and skills at the Intermediate level; the Diploma covers more units and therefore gives you a more comprehensive knowledge of L&D.

Roles you could hold after completing a Level 5 qualification include:

  1. L&D Analyst
  2. L&D Manager
  3. L&D Advisor
  4. L&D Business Partner
  5. Recruitment Manager

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 modules 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 Quizzes
  2. Progress Checks
  3. Peer Discussions
  4. Personal Journal
  5. Awarding Body Resources


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, email or via the Student Community. They’ll answer any questions you have about coursework, study materials, assessments and exams, 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 marked and 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 in various ways across each unit. They are:

Becoming an Effective L&D Practitioner

  1. Report, self-assessment, CPD record

L&D and the Organisation

  1. Lecture notes

Identifying L&D Needs

  1. Report and lecture notes

Designing L&D Activities

  1. Report and session plan

Delivering L&D Activities

  1. Practical reflective account

Evaluating L&D Activities

  1. Practical report

Supporting Individual Learning through Coaching and Mentoring

  1. Two assessed activities, 20 minute presentation, observed coaching session (at workshop)

Supporting Collective and Social Learning

  1. 1500 word report

Throughout the course, you'll complete various progress checks so you and your tutor know exactly how you're doing.

Please note that CIPD's annual membership and workshop fees are additional to your course fee.

Please contact us for the latest fee information.

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