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Human Resources Consultant/Partner Higher Apprenticeship Level 5

This apprenticeship contains options for HR specialisms and for people management responsibilities. The focus of this apprenticeship is primarily on individuals who are new to the role or are progressing on their career journey through the organisation. 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 Consultant or HR Business Partner, or new staff going into these roles.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements: You must have GCSEs A*-C or 9-4, or equivalent.

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 Certificate 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

The Certificate contains the following modules:

  • Using Information in HR
  • Employment Law
  • Reward Management
  • Developing Professional Practice
  • Business Issues and the Contexts of HR
  • Developing Leadership and Management

You will select one of the following HR Specialisms:

  • Core HR
  • Resourcing
  • Total Reward
  • Organisation Development
  • HR Operations

Assessment methods

On-programme Assessment – includes Level 5 CIPD qualification, preparation of Consultative Project and Learning Record. If you do not have Level 2 English and Maths will need to achieve this prior to End Point Assessment.

End Point Assessment (EPA) – Assessment of Consultative Project and Professional Discussion.


You will gain the following qualifications:

Human Resource Management CIPD Level 5 Certificate

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 Apply

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 291747.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
2-3 years Flexible 1 evening a week Apprentices do not have to pay a fee to study, however the employer may be required to pay depending on their Levy entitlement/age of the candidate. For further information call 01234 291747. Cauldwell Street E2339

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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.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

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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.