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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.

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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.

Core modules

  1. Becoming an Effective L&D Practitioner (4 credits)
  2. Learning and Development in Organisations (4 credits)
  3. Identifying Individual Learning Needs (3 credits)
  4. Designing L&D Activities (6 credits)
  5. Evaluating L&D Activities (3 credits)
  6. Delivering L&D Activities (6 credits)
  7. Supporting Coaching and Mentoring (6 credits)

Optional modules (choose one)

  1. Supporting Collective and Social Learning (6 credits)
  2. Enhancing Learner Engagement (6 credits)
  3. Using Technology to Facilitate Learning (6 credits)


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:

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

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:

  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 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.

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 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

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 in various ways across each unit. 

Core modules

Becoming an Effective L&D Practitioner

  1. Report, self-assessment, CPD record

L&D in Organisations

  1. Lecture notes

Identifying Individual Learning Needs

  1. Report and lecture notes

Designing L&D Activities

  1. Report and session plan

Evaluating L&D Activities

  1. Practical report

Delivering L&D Activities

  1. Film yourself delivering an activity (30 min max), a written reflective account based on this activity

Supporting Coaching and Mentoring

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

Optional units (choose one)

Supporting Collective and Social Learning

  1. 1500 word report

Enhancing Learner Engagement

  1. Article for a training journal (approx. 3000 words) on Enhancing Learner Engagement

Using Technology to Facilitate Learning 

  1. Written material plus run an online classroom using WebEx

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.