CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in L&D (Learning and Development)

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14 Months, Part-time
Level 5 Diploma in Learning and Development (QCF)
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Transform your L&D career with a CIPD qualification. If you are looking to formalise your existing experience, or gain the latest skills and knowledge in the industry, then this course is perfect for you. This course is a great stepping stone from practitioner to L&D Manager, or from HR or training to the L&D sector.

This diploma will help you close any skills gaps and get you up to speed in digital learning. This qualification models social and collaborative learning techniques which you can translate across to your own L&D function, enhancing your performance and positioning yourself as a forward-thinking L&D professional.

As CIPD Enterprise’s official partner for online qualifications, all our CIPD courses bring together CIPD’s expertise in L&D practice with the very best in digital learning, design and delivery from AVADO. All our courses are 100% online, so you can study whenever and wherever you like, making studying flexible around work and life commitments. In addition, we have 91% pass rates*, so you can be sure you will succeed with us!

*Pass rates up to 91% based on submitted assignments by students studying our CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate and Diploma in L&D, January 2019.


Level 5 Diploma in Learning and Development (QCF)

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This CIPD Level 5 Diploma is the most comprehensive Intermediate L&D course, with seven units enabling you to specialise in the areas of most interest or relevance to you and your L&D practice.

The syllabus consists of five mandatory units:

  1. Developing professional practice in L&D
  2. Understanding the context of L&D
  3. Using information, metrics and developing business cases for L&D
  4. Evaluating L&D provision
  5. Designing and developing digital and blended learning solutions

Followed by 2 from your chosen pathway - either Manager or Professional

Manager Pathway units:

  • Developing Leadership and Management Skills
  • Managing the L&D Business Function

Professional Pathway units:

  • Enhancing Participant Engagement in the Learning Process
  • Facilitating Collective and Social Learning

Student support:

Upon enrolment you will be supported by a personal tutor, as well as being taught by CIPD experts and L&D professionals. Your personal tutor will be on hand to help you navigate around the platform and put any doubts about distance learning at ease.

Financial options:

Choose from a range of flexible payment plans to fit your financial situation. With our HR Qualifications, you can spread the cost over 12 monthly payments, interest free.

Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for individuals who are looking to build on their experience, by gaining the latest knowledge and skills within the L&D industry. As this course is the most comprehensive L&D course we run, you will be able to specialise in areas of most interest and relevancy to your L&D practice, so you can apply these learning into your job role from day one.


An existing Level 3 qualification (or equivalent) is essential; alternatively, relevant work experience can be considered.

In addition, the following entry requirements apply:

  • You must be over the age of 18 or have a third-party payee for any financial agreement
  • You must have a solid grasp of the English language (IELTS 5.5 or equivalent if English is not your first language)

Career path

The CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Diploma in L&D will equip you with latest skills and knowledge you need to effectively manage your L&D function. Upon successful completion of your diploma, you will become an Associate Member of the CIPD. Achieving Associate (Assoc CIPD) status will allow you use the designatory letters Assoc CIPD after your name to showcase your credentials.

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