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CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice

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CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice
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By studying with Reed Learning you’ll get access to:

  • A fully accredited CIPD centre - we’ve been providing respected CIPD training for nearly 20 years
  • One-to-one support from HR professionals with years of experience
  • 100% online tuition, so you can learn anytime, anywhere
  • 12 months course access so you can learn at your own pace (Typical completion time: 6-9 months)
  • Interest free payment plans to suit your budget
  • A price match guarantee
  • Unlimited access to course materials
  • CIPD assessments
  • A brand with 60 years of recruitment experience

Want to land your first HR role?

Then it’s time to start developing the skills you need to launch your HR career with confidence. Our CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice will give you the grounding you need to start working in HR, even if you don’t have any experience.

Learn from leading HR experts

All our tutors have been working in HR for years and have first-hand experience in all things People practice.

With their guidance, unlimited access to all the course materials, and personalised one-to-one support, this Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice will give you the best possible start to your HR career.

You’ll study four core units:

Business, Culture and Change in Context (3CO01)

Principles of Analytics (3CO02)

Core Behaviours for People Professionals (3CO03)

Essentials of People Practice (3CO04)

And explore a range of HR topics including:

  • What really influences businesses and how they operate
  • What every HR professional needs to know about how people learn
  • The key to making better decisions in your new HR role
  • How to stay on the right side of the law
  • A simple yet powerful technique that will help you master new skills with ease
  • The most effective ways to recruit the best talent to your organisation
  • How to avoid the common interviewing mistakes almost all new HR professionals make

And much more.

Get CIPD qualified in just six months:

With our flexible learning programme you can study at a pace that suits you - whether you want to power through the course in half a year or fit it in around your other commitments.

We also offer a range of learning options including:

  • Fast track (if you want to get your qualification quickly )
  • 100% online (if your prefer to learn from the comfort of your home or favourite coffee shop)

You’ll also be awarded a CIPD Foundation membership:

A must have if you want to prove to employers you have what it takes to join their HR team.

And if you’re itching to meet other budding HR professionals, you’re in luck: We hold regular live online tutorials where you can ask questions and build your professional network.

If you’re on a budget, we can help:

With our 12-month interest-free payment, you can spread the cost of your qualification without having to pay extra.

And if you need additional financial support, our advisers will help you apply for a bursary with the CIPD trust to help cover the cost.

We’re also ELCAS approved which means if you’re a veteran, you can get funding for your course.

We’ve helped 1000s of students kickstart their HR careers

Here’s what a few of them have to say:

“Amazing course. Really interesting, good interaction…Tutor was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Inclusive and friendly. Couldn't fault it.” – Melinda M

“Informative, useful. Enjoyed the interactive element and discussions.” -Claire T

“Leanne is a great trainer. Whilst being professional and having good knowledge, she also shows real emotional intelligence and empathy which I think are important qualities.” – Sophie F

“Very knowledgeable of the subject. Great tips and advice. Plenty of opportunities to ask questions and no question was deemed unimportant...All in all well explained, well-paced, with valuable guidance. Very positive and motivated to succeed.” – Sandra S

Ready to join them?

Apply for the Reed Learning CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice now.


CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice

Regulated by Ofqual


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As a Reed Learning Level 3 CIPD learner, you’ll get access to a world of specialist knowledge and expertise you won’t find anywhere else.

Taught by leading HR practitioners, this CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice covers four core HR units to help you get a solid grounding in HR management.

What you’ll learn

3CO01 -Business, culture, and change in context

How many credits is it worth? 5

What does it cover? If you want to work in HR, you’ll need to have a solid grasp of how organisations operate on a structural level. In this enlightening first unit, you’ll discover what really goes on behind the scenes at most organisations and how your role as a People professional shapes that.

By the end of this unit you’ll understand:

  • The external influences that impact organisations, including goal setting
  • The key issues that affect the business environment
  • How workplace behaviour can shape a company’s culture
  • Why effective change management is important

3CO02 - Principles of analytics

How many credits is it worth? 4

What does it cover? Decisions, decisions, decisions. They’re a huge part of any HR role and the ones you make as a People practitioner could make or break your organisation. In this unit, you’ll master tried and tested methods for making the best decisions time and time again.

By the end of this unit you’ll understand:

  • Why data is important
  • What the different types of data measurements are and how they’ll inform how you make decisions
  • How to create value for employees, customers and other stakeholders
  • How to use technology to enhance your work

3CO03 - Core behaviours for People Professionals

How many credits is it worth? 4

What does it cover? Every HR professional needs to know how to solve problems and interact with people effectively. And with the right tools and knowledge you’ll be able to do just that. In this unit you’ll discover how to stay on top of challenging situations without losing your cool.

By the end of this unit you’ll understand:

  • How to behave ethically as a People professional
  • The importance of promoting a sense of inclusion and wellbeing at your organisation
  • How to improve your professional skills and knowledge through reflective practice

3CO04 - Essentials of People practice

How many credits is it worth? 11

What does it cover? Employees are the backbone of any organisation, and as an HR professional you’re responsible for attracting and managing these employees. How can you find the best talent for your organisation while making sure your current employees don’t leave? This final unit reveals all.

By the end of this unit you’ll understand:

  • How to recruit, select and hire the best talent for your organisation
  • The fundamentals of HR including policies, regulations and the law
  • Why performance management is an important part of retaining talent
  • The different specialisms you can go into as a People practitioner

How you’ll learn:

With nearly two decades of delivering CIPD qualifications, we’ve come to realise that a blended approach is best:

When you enrol on our course you’ll get access to:

  • Personalised on-to-one mentoring from one of our expert tutors
  • The latest online materials, workbooks and study guides to help you build your HR knowledge and excel in your course and beyond
  • On-demand webinars and recordings so you can learn whenever and wherever you want
  • Live online webinars where you can ask questions and network with other learners.

So, if you’re ready to become CIPD qualified, apply for this Level 3 CIPD course now.

Who is this course for?

Whether you’re new to the world of work or you’re looking to switch to a career in HR, this CIPD Level 3 course is the perfect introduction to the People profession.

Not only will you discover the fundamentals of HR, but you’ll also get one-to-one support from an experienced tutor who will guide you through the programme, whether you’re stuck on a particular topic, need a little help managing your time or you just need a listening ear.

In short, this course is for you if you want to jumpstart your HR career in an engaging and supportive environment.


This course is tailor-made for people who are new to HR and are looking to get their foot in the door - for this reason there are no formal entry requirements.

However, if English is your second language, you’ll need to have Level 2 ESOL or IELTS 6.5 to enrol on this course.

Career path

By the end of this course, you’ll have the knowledge and qualifications you need to apply for a role as an:

HR Assistant (Typical salary: £24,000)

L&D Assistant (Typical salary: £24,000)

It’s also an excellent gateway into a Level 5 qualification which could lead to a job as an:

HR Adviser: (Typical salary: £30,000)

L&D Manager: (Typical salary: £46,000)

HR Manager: (Typical salary: £47,000)

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