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CIPD Level 5 - Associate Diploma in People Management

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CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management
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The CIPD Intermediate Diploma in People Management combines the application of skills, together with exploring theory and research. It is an ideal level for those already in a people management advisory role, looking to move into management, or those who already have a degree. This qualification is perfect for you if you enjoy developing and managing people. You’ll expand your knowledge of HR with a combination of core units and specialist areas – helping you focus on what matters most to you.

  • Build on your existing knowledge and specialise in People Management.
  • Increase your knowledge in employment relationship management, talent management, and performance reward.
  • Take the next step up into a more senior people profession role.

CIPD qualifications are the global gold standard in people management and they are the most respected HR and L&D organisation in the world. Their prestigious qualifications are often listed as a prerequisite by employers and will give you the in-demand skills you need to build a rewarding and successful career in HR or L&D.

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CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

Regulated by Ofqual

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Mandatory modules:

  • Professional Behaviours and Valuing People

Core professional behaviours such as confidence, inclusivity and ethical practice are key to standing out as a people professional. In this module, you will evaluate what it means to be a people professional, how the role is evolving, and how you can apply personal and ethical values at work. You will learn how to champion inclusive and collaborative strategies, arguing the human and business benefits of inclusive behaviours and the right to be fairly treated at work. You will then design and evaluate solutions aimed at building positive working relationships. Finally, you will assess your own strengths and weaknesses and formulate a Continuous Professional Development plan to guide your learning journey.

  • Organisational Performance and Culture in Practice

As a people professional, it is vital that you understand the connections between organisational structure and strategy and the wider world of work in a commercial context. This module examines the factors and trends that impact business strategy and workforce planning, keeping in mind the influence of culture as well as employee wellbeing and behaviour in delivering change and organisational performance. You will learn how to analyse and assess organisational priorities while ensuring business objectives are delivered in line with customer requirements. You will evaluate the relationship between the employee lifecycle and your work.

  • Evidence-Based Practice

Improve your decision-making and critical thinking skills by learning how to research, capture and analyse evidence and turn it into actionable insight. In this module, you will develop an understanding of evidence-based practice and the tools and methods that you can use to diagnose workplace issues, challenges and opportunities. You will also learn to evaluate the benefits, risks and financial implications of solutions aimed at improving people practice issues, as well as measure the impact and value people practice contributions make to organisations.

  • Employment Relationship Management

Managing the employee relationship is often a key part of an HR professional’s role. This module examines the key approaches, practices and tools you can use to manage and enhance the employee relationship and the impact this can have on organisational performance.

  • Talent Management and Workforce Planning

Any organisation is only as successful as its people, so managing the workforce is vital to ensuring long-term business success. In this module, you will examine contemporary labour market trends and understand their significance for workforce planning, including how organisations can position themselves in competitive labour markets.

You will evaluate the techniques used to forecast supply and demand, from turnover rates to critical incident analysis, and study various approaches to succession and contingency planning. You will also consider the role of people practice in supporting managers to make fair, consistent and appropriate reward judgements.

  • Reward for Performance and Contribution

In this module, you will learn how to develop effective reward packages and how to gather and analyse data to support reward decisions. You will learn how internal and external business factors influence reward strategies and policies, the financial drivers of the organisation and the impact of reward costs.

You will evaluate the principles of reward and its importance to workplace culture, performance management, and how policies and practices are implemented, and learn about the legislative requirements that impact reward. You will also consider the role of people practice in supporting managers to make fair, consistent and appropriate reward judgements.


  • Specialist Employment Law

In this module you will learn about the purpose of employment regulation and the way it is enforced in business practice in the UK. You will evaluate the aims and objectives of employment law, the role played by the tribunal and courts in enforcing employment law, and how cases are settled before and after legal procedures. You will also learn about various elements of UK discrimination and redundancy law, as well as how to lawfully manage issues relating to pay, working time, and employment rights for flexible working.

  • Diversity and Inclusion

In this module, you will focus on the value that diversity and inclusion has in the workplace and how a diversity and inclusion strategy can support your organisation. You will learn about organisational policies and practices in relation to diversity at work and conduct an equality impact assessment on a people practice policy. You will then move onto evaluate the role of managers and leaders, and the key requirements needed to create a workplace culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion.

  • People Management in an International Context

If you work in HR in an international context – or someday hope to – this is the module for you. You will examine the context and complexities involved in international people management, assessing the drivers and benefits of employment in an international context.

  • Wellbeing at Work

In this module, you will explore the vital links between work, health, and wellbeing. You will learn how well being connects with wider people management and organisational strategy and understand how it can be managed to support business goals. You will evaluate the main theories and issues surrounding wellbeing at work and identify the stakeholders that are requires to maintain wellbeing initiatives. Finally, you will have the chance to develop a plan for your own workplace wellbeing programme.

  • Leadership and Management Development

Effective learnership and management is essential in developing an innovative, diverse, and high-performing workplace culture. As such, developing leadership skills is key to organisational success. In this module, you will learn about the fundamental elements that drive the need for leadership and management within organisations.

  • Advances in Digital Learning and Development

In this unit, you will learn about the impact of technological development and how digital collaboration can impact the design and delivery of L&D over time, including the risks and challenges that technology-based learning and development poses for organisations.

Delivery Method: Self-Paced

  • CIPD Pre-recorded online courses
  • Different packages available
  • Wide choice of Add-ons available
  • Convenience of 100% remote study
  • Study at your own pace – when you want, from wherever you want
  • Offered to people from across the UK and internationally

The average completion time is 12–15 months. The support period is 18 months.

Course Price Includes:

  • Flexibility to study modules how and where you want
  • Course materials for each module available on our online Student Hub
  • Slides and any resources provided by our tutors
  • 24-hour access to learning materials online

Additional Costs

  • Course costs will vary depending on the qualification you choose. Your course adviser will confirm the cost of your chosen course to you in writing.
  • Any additional costs will be detailed within your course joining instructions.
  • CIPD membership must be taken up to complete this course and this is not included within our course fees.

Who is this course for?

Are you naturally good with people and passionate about equality and helping get the most out of individuals? If so, this People Practice CIPD training course would suit you perfectively.

You will develop management skills, knowledge of people practice and strategic expertise but if you already have knowledge of these areas it would be advantageous.


To study this undergraduate level course, you will generally need ONE of the following:

  • Some experience working in HR
  • Experience performing HR duties in a non-HR role (for example, as a manager)
  • A degree (any subject)

Awarded by CIPD

Upon successful completion of this course, you’ll be awarded CIPD Associate Diploma in People Management.

Career path

  • HR Manager, People Analyst
  • HR Business Partner
  • Employee Relations Manager
  • Diversity and Inclusion Specialist
  • Resourcing a Business Partner
  • Talent Manager

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