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. This will be composed of 7 core modules plus 1 of the 3 optional modules.
Optional modules (choose one)
Unlike our other CIPD courses which are 100% online, you'll attend one two-day workshop on our CIPD Level 3 Foundation Diploma in L&D course. This gives you the opportunity to:
Workshops are held in London, Birmingham and Glasgow.
Workshop fees are additional to our course fees. Please speak to our course advisors for more information on the workshop.
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:
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
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
Becoming an Effective L&D Practitioner
L&D in Organisations
Identifying Individual Learning Needs
Designing L&D Activities
Evaluating L&D Activities
Delivering L&D Activities
Supporting Coaching and Mentoring
Supporting Collective and Social Learning
Enhancing Learner Engagement
Using Technology to Facilitate Learning
Throughout the course, you'll complete various progress checks so you and your tutor know exactly how you're doing.