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CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

This evidence-based qualification will help you gain a deeper understanding of the professional behaviours that lead to organisational success. Learn how to manage employment relations, foster talent, guide strategic workforce planning and build reward schemes that drive performance and contribute to business success.

A CIPD qualification builds your capability by equipping you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours to make an impact at the relevant level. 

Entry requirements

You will need to be able to demonstrate and use good written and verbal communication skills as well as basic IT skills, particularly use of word, spreadsheet and presentation packages. Ideally students will hold GCSEs including English GCSE (full qualification) minimum Grade 4 or grade C. If your first language is not English, learners should have a minimum of ESOL Level 2 (or equivalent). You may have already studied Level 3 Certificate in Human Resources or People Practice. You will need to be a line manager or working in Human Resources.

Course content

You will study the following seven units:

Core units:

  • Organisational performance and culture in practice
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Professional behaviours and valuing people

Specialist units:

  • Employment relationship management
  • Talent management and workforce planning
  • Reward for performance and contribution

Optional units:

  • Specialist employment law

Assessment methods

Assessment is through assignments for each module.


CIPD L5 Associate Diploma in People Management
Further study and career options

Completion of this course would improve job prospects and earning potential. You may wish to continue to study at Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management or Strategic Learning and Development.

Additional information

Once you have enrolled, you will join the CIPD as a Student Member and you will need to remain in membership for the duration of your studies. When you complete your qualification, you’ll be awarded CIPD Associate Membership, and the designation “Assoc CIPD” after your name. This establishes your credibility as a professional, raises your profile and opens doors to new job opportunities.

Learners will need a laptop/desktop with access to the internet. You may wish to purchase CIPD publications written for the course, however, there are some available in the college library.

Funding information

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. Find out more about your payment options and how your loan could be written off at

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Course Information & How to Apply

The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. Please register your interest here for our part-time courses starting from September 2021.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
34 weeks 24/09/2020 Thu 5.00 pm - 9.00 pm £1920 Cauldwell Street BBE205

Part-time course already started?

Our upcoming 2021-22 part-time courses will be out in May. Get alerted when they're released by selecting your campus of choice below and filling out the relevant form:

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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.