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Lead the delivery of HR solutions to business challenges

Our People Professional apprenticeship is ideal for those responsible for providing HR expertise within their organisation.

You’ll be supporting the business to meet its objectives through the people agenda while providing advice and coaching on the interpretation of applicable policies and employment law, and supporting on people related elements of business projects.

All apprentices who complete the Level 5 programme will gain the CIPD Associate Diploma in People Management qualification. This apprenticeship aligns with CIPD Associate Membership.

Typical job titles include:
  • Diversity and inclusion manager

  • Employee relations consultant

  • HR generalist

  • HR business partner

  • HR manager

  • Organisation development consultant

  • Reward consultant

  • Talent manager

  • Wellbeing consultant

Entry requirements

Relevant experience or a relevant Level 3 qualification. You’ll also need to demonstrate that you can meet the standard of work for a Level 5 qualification.

Apprentices without English or Maths at Level 2 must achieve this before taking the End Point Assessment.

What to expect during your apprenticeship

We address challenges associated with conventional HR approaches through workshops and enhance the learning journey by providing you with coaches and mentors who will guide you throughout the programme.

You can access your course materials on any device and at any time, giving you a seamless and flexible learning experience.

Throughout the programme you will be supported by an industry adviser and have access to our substantive Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You’ll follow an individual learning plan and complete tasks and activities to support each component of your apprenticeship. Progress will be tracked through our ePortfolio system, OneFile.

You’ll complete the CIPD Associate Diploma in People Management qualification.

Units you’ll study

Three core units

  • Organisational performance and culture in practice (5C001)

  • Evidence-based practice (5C002)

  • Professional behaviours and valuing people (5C003)

Plus three specialist units

  • Employment relationship management (5HR01)

  • Talent management and workforce planning (5HR02)

  • Reward for performance and contribution (5HR03)

Plus one additional specialist unit

  • Specialist employment law (5OS01)

  • Advances in digital learning and development (5OS02)

  • Learning and development essentials (5OS03)

  • People management in an international context (5OS04)

  • Diversity and inclusion (5OS05)

  • Leadership and management development (5OS06)

  • Well-being at work (5OS07)

Programme features

Your apprenticeship will involve a blend of learning, encompassing a combination of workshops and online meetings, along with supporting resources including webinars, engaging online videos, PDF resources and activities. Checklists and practice quizzes will allow you to integrate and retain what you have learned.

Your programme will include:
  • Live online workshops

  • 24/7 access to our VLE and your e-portfolio

  • Regular 1:1 meetings with an expert adviser

  • Unit study guides

  • Access to our learning bites webinar series

  • Online forums

  • Progress reviews

  • Pastoral support

  • End point assessment preparation

How long does the apprenticeship last?

The People Professional apprenticeship is an advanced apprenticeship set at the level of a University Foundation degree.

It lasts approximately 21 months with an additional 3 months for the End Point Assessment.

The programme is split into four main phases which include an induction, core modules, End Point Assessment preparation and the End Point Assessment.


How will you be assessed?


Module units each have their own computer-based exam. Computer marked assessments results will be received within 48 hours of your assessment. Any assessment that contains human-marked elements can take up to 6 weeks to be returned. Your exams can take place at any AAT Exam Venue, including Reed Business School. 


As a requirement of your apprenticeship being funded, you are required to complete 20% of your working week in off-the-job training. Your hours can be recorded and tracked allowing you to complete this element of your studies. You will also have quarterly progress reviews with a learning coach/assessor to evaluate your progress towards your Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours (KSB’s). These reviews are a 3-way discussion between apprentice, employer, and provider. 

What is the End Point Assessment? 

The EPA for this apprenticeship will consist of two parts. 

Part 1: You will be required to submit a portfolio of work evidence that you have gathered during your apprenticeship. The portfolio is then used to support and will be discussed during a structured interview with an AAT assessor. The interview will last for 60 minutes and will focus on the portfolio you have completed during the on-programme learning element of your apprenticeship. This interview will be conducted remotely via the AAT Smart End Point Assessment (SEPA) platform.  

Part 2: An in-tray test overview. The test will be computer based, and last for 105 minutes, this includes 15 minutes at the beginning for the apprentice to review the information provided. The test will be made up of a combination of questions and data evaluations covering the knowledge and skills identified as applicable to the assessment method within the grading criteria. 

The End Point Assessment takes place once you have completed all the on-programme requirements of the apprenticeship and have your completed portfolio to enter “Gateway” at 12 months. 

Pricing & funding

For levy paying employers, the apprenticeship will be funded through the digital Apprenticeship Service account.

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