CIPD Foundation Diploma in Learning & Development Level 3 (Distance Learning)

Watson Martin


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Distance learning, self-paced
14 months
Level 3 Diploma in Learning and Development (QCF)
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Our CIPD level 3 Foundation Diploma in Learning and Development blends a workshop based approach, with our renowned support from a fully qualified dedicated personal adviser. All our advisers hold CIPD Chartered Membership or above and have a wealth of practical L & D experience. There is also extensive remote support available through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and other resources.

This CIPD qualification provides a broad range of relevant knowledge and practical skills based around the training cycle required of an aspiring or current L & D practitioner, providing the opportunity to consolidate your knowledge and skills and stretch your learning to advance your career ambitions. Upon successful completion of the programme you will gain CIPD Associate Membership.

This programme will enhance your understanding of the external factors which shape the organisational context for L & D and reflect on the competencies required of an effective L & D practitioner. Through the delivery of workshops, you will gain practical insight into carrying out core L & D activities and you will also be able to study specialised areas of L & D which are more relevant to your personal interest and/or suit your organisation’s needs by selecting optional units of your choice.

Our syllabus and approach offers an ideal balance of interactive and carefully tailored workshops delivered by our specialist staff, self-directed study through bespoke learning materials designed specifically for the Foundation level programme and by the support and guidance from your personal adviser. Also, with this mode of delivery you will benefit from interacting and networking with other L & D practitioners from a wide range of sectors which will help broaden your knowledge and understanding of contemporary L & D practice issues.

We have achieved outstanding success in our student completion rates and the feedback received from both students and CIPD quality assurance. We provide the widest choice of optional units of any CIPD centre and will offer one-to-one advice to help you make the right choice of units which play to your strengths and identify your key development areas.

We have the strongest track record in using competency based assessment where you can maximise your work experience to further promote your learning and development.


Level 3 Diploma in Learning and Development (QCF)


The core Units of this qualification will develop your understanding of the impact of the external environment on organisations and the implications for L & D provision, explore the professional competencies required of effective L & D practitioners to identify your own personal development needs, consider how people learn and develop your practical skills in carrying out L & D activities which include identifying development needs, designing, delivering and evaluating learning activities. Throughout the programme you will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the programme content through written analysis, practical application and reflection on your practice.

What is included:

  • Workshops designed and delivered by our specialist staff who are all highly qualified and experienced L & D practitioners
  • Opportunity to network with other L & D practitioners you meet at workshops
  • Course materials and workbooks written by our team of highly qualified industry experts
  • One-to-one support planning sessions with your personal adviser to help you translate and fully understand the unit content
  • 24/7 access to our world class Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Developmental feedback from your personal adviser for each unit prior to the final assessment
  • Assessment feedback from your personal adviser for each unit
  • HR career coaching and support
  • Fully flexible start dates chosen by you
  • Flexible choice from ALL optional units
  • Fast track option for you to complete in a shorter timeframe

How is This Course Delivered?

We specialise in flexible learning solutions that are tailored to your needs. You can begin the programme at any time and complete it in a timescale which meets your career aspirations and work-life balance needs - anything from 8 to 12 months. As there are a number of workshop dates from which you can choose, you can pace your learning according to your own needs rather than those of a large group of learners or pre-set timetable.

Aside from the workshops, other learning methods include workbooks with reflective activities to help embed your learning, supplementary learning materials and assignments. You will also have regular contact with your personal adviser, who is allocated to you at the start of your programme, through telephone conversations, e-mail exchanges and/or Skype meetings.

How will it be assessed?

Your personal adviser will provide you with developmental feedback for each unit assessment. This feedback will guide you in terms of your progress with the unit content and advise you on your achievements and what, if any, areas could benefit from further development.

There are no exams for this qualification - each unit is assessed by the completion of a written assessment (these range from 1,000 to 2,000 words) along with relevant supporting evidence such as a training session plan, observation record and evaluation methods used. We offer two options for assessment which include the general CIPD assignment (most suitable for students with limited L & D experience) or our unique template approach which is CIPD approved (most suitable for students who are working within an L & D role) where work based evidence is used to support your competency in the subject area.

How we differ from other centres

Our success rate and quality standards are second to none. We consistently outperform the national average exam pass rates (for Advanced qualifications) and achieve outstanding quality assurance ratings from the CIPD. This is because we have developed a unique and rigorous process which begins with a diagnostic consultation as the starting point to any learning engagement. We strive to ensure students are mapped to the correct qualification and then work with them every step of the way to help them achieve success. We are the only CIPD Centre to offer all of the optional units, providing maximum flexibility and choice. You will be supported throughout the programme by a dedicated personal adviser, regardless of which study option you choose.

Who is this course for?

The CIPD Foundation Diploma is designed for current or aspiring L & D practitioners who wish to further develop their career in L & D, and maximise their potential by becoming CIPD qualified and achieving Associate Membership of the CIPD. The programme can be undertaken anywhere in the UK, or worldwide as CIPD qualifications are increasingly becoming the world’s leading quality benchmark for HR professionals.

Contact our expert Team, who will be happy to offer advice on the qualification that is right for you and get you started on developing the knowledge and skills you need to achieve your career ambitions.

Becoming CIPD qualified will open opportunities for you to significantly advance your career and earnings potential. Examples of jobs levels and salaries requiring this qualification are:

  • Trainer £26,750
  • Learning and Development Adviser £30,450

Source: Glassdoor 2017 (National average)

  • Trainer £27,500 to £39,500
  • Training Manager £40,300 to £64,000

Source: Reed Global salary guide 2017 (London average)


You may be aspiring to be an L & D practitioner and would like to complete this qualification to help you gain a first entry level L & D role; you may already be working within L & D and wish to refresh and update your knowledge and skills as part of your CPD or to formalise your knowledge and skills with a recognised qualification to enhance your employability. The CIPD Foundation Diploma will provide the platform for you to build on your existing skills and knowledge, stretch your learning, and help boost your confidence in studying and in applying practical L & D solutions to support your organisation.

Career path

The CIPD Foundation Certificate in Learning and Development is equivalent to studying at A Level standard (QCF), Level 4 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and Higher (SQCF) and could be the stepping stone to move onto CIPD Intermediate Level 5 or Advanced Level 7 study.

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