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Human Resource Management Higher Apprenticeship Level 5

HR Level 5 Apprenticeship at Bedford College

This apprenticeship programme is designed to develop high-performing Human Resources (HR) professionals in existing job roles or to attract bright individuals into HR. Upon completion, you will be eligible for Associate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The qualification is suitable for existing staff in a variety of HR roles, including HR Executive, HR Officer, Assistant HR Manager, and Assistant HR Advisor, or new staff going into these roles. 

Entry requirements

Grade requirements: You must have GCSE English and maths A*-C or 9-4.

Other requirements: You will need a strong interest in what makes businesses successful and how to get the best out of people. Good analytical skills and the ability to work with colleagues to earn their trust and respect are also important. The CIPD Level 5 Diploma requires that learners are a minimum of 18 years old; this requirement has been put in place due to the level of maturity required to manage sensitive HR issues.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Developing Professional Practice in Human Resources
  • Understanding the Business Context of Human Resources
  • Using a Research Approach in Human Resources
  • Understanding the Contemporary Human Resources Function
  • Understanding Employment Law

Assessment methods

You will need to complete CIPD National Assessment Bank assessments which incorporate five core units, six knowledge units and five competence units assessed in a Portfolio of Evidence.

Assessment will include written reports, presentation, briefing paper, handouts.


You will gain the following qualifications:

Applied Human Resources Level 5 Diploma

Further study and career options

Further study: On successful completion, you may wish to pursue a Level 7 qualification in HR Management.

Future careers: Future roles that may be open to you include HR Manager/Director, Operations Manager/Director.

Additional information

There is a mandatory CIPD joining fee of £40 and membership fee of approximately £100 annually. The purchase of core textbooks is recommended to support your studies (these are optional and discount is available for students from the CIPD).

Course information & how to book

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291000.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Fee per unitLocationCourse Code
2 years Flexible Every third Friday of the month Free if 16-18yrs. If 19 or over please ring 01234 291000. Cauldwell Street E2310

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

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

Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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