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Unit details

  • Specialist unit
  • Level 5
  • 7 credits

A CIPD Intermediate qualification in HR Management is aimed at existing and aspiring HR or Learning and Development Managers and will help you develop an understanding of how HR contributes to business success.

We have supported candidates through to successful completion at all levels of CIPD qualification since 2004. In addition, we have extensive experience in guiding candidates through various study options as well as advising on CIPD membership upgrade and providing HR consultancy services. We consistently achieve the highest CIPD Quality Assurance rating and are one of only very few CIPD centres approved to offer competency based assessment (mixed mode) qualifications.

The level 5 qualification, which is set at the level of a University degree is ideal for all those currently employed in advisory level roles who would like to develop HR Management skills.

This qualification is ideal if you:

  • Aspire to become a professional member of the CIPD, as an Associate member

  • Seek to enhance and develop your professional HR knowledge after studying a CIPD Level 3 programme

  • Are contributing to HR decision making at an operational or strategic level and seek to understand the role of HR in the wider context.

  • Are an HR professional in a team who has a responsibility for HRM. Are responsible for the HR function and activities within an organisation without a specialist function.

  • Are working as an independent or employed HRM consultant

Flexibility and Control of Your Learning

High quality learning at your pace, anywhere, anytime with ongoing support from a personal adviser.

Choosing the right qualification can be a bit daunting but we are here to help you select the correct path. Our expert advisers know everything there is to know about CIPD qualifications and can help every step of the way.

We work hard to ensure candidates are matched to the correct qualification and then work with you to help achieve your ultimate goal.To support your learning, you will have 24/7 access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), a comprehensive online library of quality reference materials. Created, curated and managed by experienced HR practitioners, it provides a single robust, secure and integrated platform to access a personalised learning experience.

"My experience of Reed Learning is extremely positive. It is a very professional organisation and I received a high level of service. Communication is excellent and whenever I had a query or needed more information I had someone who could help me." - Michael Dawkins

"As soon as I started speaking to my personal adviser I realised that she knew her stuff like the back of her hand and this gave me confidence. We arranged our Skype calls every three to four weeks before an assignment when I would be squirrelling down notes but there was also communication through email when she would always respond quickly. She was totally supportive."- Matt Griffiths


Proven and Personalised Study Routes


  • Workshops - Programme duration: 18 months

    If you prefer planned interactive sessions and have exposure to other learners and their organisations’ practices then our workshops are for you. The workshop programme provides an ideal learning environment in which expert trainers present and facilitate practical activities, group discussions and networking. Programmes include regular telephone conversations, e-mail exchanges and/or meetings with a personal adviser who is allocated at the start of your programme.


  • Online - Programme duration: 18 months

    Some of our candidates prefer to learn at their own pace from home, an office or even while on the move commuting. If this is you, then our online programme will meet your learning needs. The beauty of this delivery model is you can study anywhere at anytime via accessing the wide range of learning materials on the VLE. As well as the VLE access, during your programme you will schedule regular one-to-one sessions, in working hours, with your adviser to work on your assignments.


  • Fast Track - Programme duration: 10 months

    Our fast track programme has been developed to get candidates through their qualification as quickly as possible without compromising on the level of quality support. The programme provides total flexibility. We offer monthly start dates so you can join up whenever you like and from then on you work with our CIPD experts, using reference materials and with 24/7 access to our extensive Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Throughout your learning you will be supported by your own personal adviser.

Choose your journey

Workshop Route
  • Now only £2437 + £45 + VAT

  • Up to 12 months interest free plan

  • Deposit: £379 and Instalments: 11 x £325
    (available to self funders only)

Online Route
  • Now only £2212 + £45 + VAT

  • Up to 12 months interest free plan

  • Deposit: £349 and Instalments: 11 x £295
    (available to self funders only)


Fast Track Route
  • Now only £2212 + £45 + VAT

  • Up to 12 months interest free plan

  • Deposit: £434 and Instalments: 8 x £395
    (available to self funders only)


A Typical Candidate Journey - Workshop Programme Intermediate Diploma

  • 6 WORKSHOPS

    • Attend up to 6 full day workshops (HRM modules) in central London (Victoria and the City) that are presented by subject matter experts

  • 8 PIECES OF WRITTEN WORK

    • You will submit 8 pieces of written work that are assessed by our experts and verified by CIPD external verifiers

  • 6 ONE-TO-ONE SESSIONS

    • These can be face-to-face with your adviser (location dependent) or via Skype or phone and are during the working week

  • 0 WRITTEN EXAM

    • There are no exams at Intermediate level

  • 24/7 VLE ACCESS

    • To support your learning, you will have access to our comprehensive online library of quality reference materials.


  • INDUCTION
    Online induction with an expert tutor

  • VLE ACCESS
    Guided reading, access to the VLE throughout your programme

  • ONE-TO-ONE

    Live meeting with your personal adviser

  • WORKSHOP 1
    Resourcing and Talent Planning (5RST)

  • WRITTEN WORK
    Draft submission and assessment

  • ONE-TO-ONE
    Feedback from your personal adviser

  • WRITTEN WORK
    Final submission and assessment

  • WORKSHOP 2
    Employment Law (4EML)

  • PROCESS CONTINUES
    This process is repeated for all modules

  • CONGRATULATIONS
    You’ve passed!
    CIPD will now send your Diploma


A Typical Candidate Journey - Online Programme Intermediate Diploma

  • 1 WEBINAR

    • An induction webinar via Skype or Zoom

  • 8 ONE-TO-ONE SESSIONS

    • Live sessions with your adviser via Skype or Zoom

  • 8 PIECES OF WRITTEN WORK

    • You will submit written work that are assessed by our experts and verified by CIPD external verifiers

  • 0 WRITTEN EXAM

    • There are no exams at Intermediate level

  • 24/7 VLE ACCESS

    • To support your learning, you will have access to our comprehensive online library of quality reference materials.


  • INDUCTION
    Online induction with an expert tutor

  • ONE-TO-ONE

    Live meeting with your personal adviser

  • VLE ACCESS
    Guided reading, access to the VLE throughout your programme duration

  • WRITTEN WORK

    Draft submission and assessment

  • ONE-TO-ONE
    Feedback from your personal adviser

  • WRITTEN WORK

    Final submission and assessment

  • ONE-TO-ONE
    Feedback from your personal adviser

  • PROCESS CONTINUES
    This process is repeated for all modules

  • CONGRATULATIONS
    You’ve passed!
    CIPD will now send your Diploma


A Typical Candidate Journey - Fast Track Programme Intermediate Diploma

  • 7 WEBINARS

    • Attend 7 webinars that are presented by subject matter experts

  • 8 ONE-TO-ONE SESSIONS

    • Your personal adviser will work with you to build a personalised coaching session

  • 8 PIECES OF WRITTEN WORK

    • Your draft work will be submitted to your personal adviser for feedback. You will then submit your final piece.

  • 0 WRITTEN EXAM

    • There are no exams at Intermediate level

  • 24/7 VLE ACCESS

    • To support your learning, you will have access to our comprehensive online library of quality reference materials.


  • INDUCTION
    Online induction with an expert tutor

  • ONE-TO-ONE

    Live meeting with your personal adviser

  • VLE ACCESS
    Guided reading, access to the VLE throughout your programme duration

  • CIPD RESOURCES WEBINAR
    Presented by our subject matter experts

  • WRITTEN WORK
    Draft submission and assessment

  • ONE-TO-ONE
    Feedback from your personal adviser

  • WRITTEN WORK

    Final submission and assessment

  • PROCESS CONTINUES
    This process is repeated for all modules

  • CONGRATULATIONS
    You’ve passed!
    CIPD will now send your Diploma


Core Modules

You will undertake 3 core modules for the Certificate and all 4 core modules for the Diploma.

Optional Modules – Certificate 32 credits) = 3 core units (14 credits) plus optional units (18 credits).

Diploma (44 credits) = 4 core units (20 credits) plus optional units (24 credits)


1. Developing professional practice (5DVP) – understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by human resources professionals (4 credits)

2. Business issues and the contexts of human resources (5CHR) – Understand developments in the business and external contexts which HR operates (6 credits)

3. Using information in human resources (5UIN) – Present a viable and realistic case for improvement based on work-based research and good practice - 4 credits

4. Managing and coordinating the HR function (5HRF) – (only mandatory for Diploma) HR’s role in the management of the employment relationship

5. Resourcing and talent planning (5RST) – Supporting sustained organisation performance through attracting, retaining and, managing employee departure (6 credits)

6. Reward management (5RMT) – The context that drives reward strategies and policies, including labour market, industrial, geographical and sector trends, in pay (6 credits)

7. Improving organisational performance (5IVP) – Involving line managers in sustained organisational performance by creating a high-performance work organisation (6 credits)

8. Employee engagement (5ENG) – Components of employee engagement and how high levels of engagement can be secured and sustained within an organisation (6 credits)

9. Contemporary developments in employee relations (5DER) – Understand developments that influence the management of the employment relationship in organisations (6 credits)

10. Employment law (5EML) – Introduce areas of employment legislation, the employment law system, and ways in which HR activities are subjected to regulation (6 credits)

11. Managing and coordinating the HR function (5HRF) – HR’s role in the management of the employment relationship, demonstrating the value HR adds to organisations (6 credits)

12. Organisation design: implications of HR (5ODG) – Understanding how to ensure that an organisation is designed to deliver sustainable organisation performance (3 credits)

13. Organisational development: implications for HR (5ODT) – Exploring how to enable sustained organisation performance through the involvement of its people (3 credits)

14. HR service delivery (5SDL) – Understand how different HR service delivery models contribute to facilitating and supporting sustained organisational performance

FAQs

Intermediate Qualifications

Deciding to study for a CIPD qualification is an important step to take. Determining which qualification is best for your career is only one aspect of the decision making process. Which study option, how long it will take and what’s included in the cost are all key factors which will influence your choice of qualification provider.

So, to help your research, here are some of our most frequently asked questions. We hope our answers will convince you that Reed Learning is the right choice to get you CIPD qualified!

What study options do you offer?

We provide a variety of study routes for all three levels of CIPD qualifications:

Workshops – classroom based programmes, based in central London locations
Online – using learning materials via the VLE
Fast track – live interactive webinar based learning

When can I start?

Every month! You can start your programme any month that suits you, and your programme will start with a live Induction webinar. Workshop based programmes have scheduled dates throughout the year and candidates have the option to hop on when convenient.

Can I pay in instalments?

Yes, we offer up to 12 monthly interest free instalments for any candidates who are paying for their qualification themselves.

When and where are the workshops held?

Our workshops are held at training rooms in central London, normally in Victoria or the City, between Monday and Friday from 9.30am to around 5pm. Lunch is provided.

How do I enrol?

It couldn’t be easier. Simply click on this link, complete the form and as soon as payment has been received, you will be ready to start your learning journey!

What materials do you provide?

All candidates receive a handbook and induction at the start of their programme detailing what’s involved. Downloadable workbooks are available for most of the modules. Once candidates have joined a programme, they will have access to the extensive resources on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). In addition, CIPD members and student members save 20% on text books and some other materials.

What other support is provided?

All candidates receive one-to-one support from an expert CIPD qualified adviser during normal office hours throughout the duration of their programme. Our extensive library of learning materials is available 24/7 via the VLE.

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