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CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

The CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management will help you build on your existing HR knowledge. You’ll also get a sound understanding of how HR fits into achieving strategic objectives and how data can be used to improve performance.


Who is it for?

This course is aimed at those with some HR experience looking to develop to management level.

What qualification will I get?

CIPD Level 5 Diploma in People Management


Online learning

How long will it take?

Typically 11 months


CIPD Level 5 for HR

There are two kinds of Level 5 Associate Diplomas. This one is focused specifically on HR and has different option units that help it remain focused on HR. As well, you'll cover topics like diversity and inclusion, wellbeing and global people management.



Flexible learning deserves flexible payments

You have plenty of options when it comes to the cost of CIPD Level 5. You can pay in full or spread the cost for free with interest-free finance plans of up to 18 months.

If you want your plan to be longer that’s no problem: we have plans of up to 48 months with a competitive APR.*

Your company can fund your course

Your boss is going to benefit just as much as you are from your training. Plus, since you’re studying online, you won’t have to take any expensive days off work. Give us a call and we’ll help you put together a business case.



Three core units

Unit 1: Organisational performance and culture in practice

You’ll learn about…
• The connections between organisational structure and strategy.
• Organisational priorities, how to interpret theories and what drives change.
• How to build diversity and inclusion.
• How people practice connects and supports wider strategies.

Unit 2: Evidence-based practice

You’ll learn about…
• The methods re applied to diagnose challenges and opportunities.
• Critical thinking and how different ethical perspectives can influence decisions.
• The benefits and risks of solutions for improving people practice issues.
• How to measure the impact people practice makes to organisations.

Unit 3: Professional behaviours and valuing people

You’ll learn about…
• How to champion inclusive and collaborative strategies.
• How to design and evaluate solutions for positive working relationships.
• How the role of a people professional is evolving.
• How to assess your own strengths, weaknesses and development areas.

Three specialist units

Unit 1: Employment relationship management

You’ll learn about…
• How to develop practices aimed at supporting better working lives.
• How to differentiate between employee involvement and participation.
• Emerging trends in conflict, mediation and arbitration.
• Performance, disciplinary and grievance matters.
• Employment law and the types of employee representation.

Unit 2: Talent management and workforce planning

You’ll learn about…
• Labour market trends and their significance for workforce planning.
• The impact of a changing labour market on resourcing decisions.
• Supporting succession and contingency planning.
• Turnover and retention trends, and how organisations build talent pools.
• The importance of managing contractual arrangements and onboarding.

Unit 3: Reward for performance and contribution

You’ll learn about…
• The principles of reward and how policies and practices are implemented.
• How people and organisational performance impacts approaches to reward. • How data can be gathered and measured and used in benchmarking.
• Developing reward packages and the legislative requirements that impact them.
• The role of people practice in supporting managers to make reward judgements.

One of two additional specialist units

Unit 1: Specialist employment law

You’ll learn about…
• The purpose of employment regulation and the way it’s enforced.
• The role played by the tribunal and courts in enforcing employment law.
• How the main principles of discrimination law.
• How to manage recruitment lawfully, and about managing employment rights.

Unit 2: Advances in digital learning and development

You’ll learn about…

• The impact, risks and challenges of technological development.
• Creating engaging digital learning content and the systems for delivering learning.
• The skills required to facilitate online learning, including your development plan.


Career Options

The skills you’ll learn on this course will get you ready to take on senior Human Resources roles.

You’ll also be eligible for Associate Membership of the CIPD, and roles such as:

HR Analyst/Advisor (average £32,500* salary in the UK)

HR Business Partner (average £47,500* salary in the UK)

*Average UK salary data from Totaljobs Salary Checker, January 2022



What is CIPD level 5 equivalent to?

A CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Practice is very similar to a foundation degree.

Can I do CIPD level 5 without doing level 3 first?

Yes, you can. Although Level 3 is a great foundation for this course, and recommended, relevant experience in HR can also be considered.

What do I need to start this course?

This is a course for experienced HR professionals, so you will need previous formal qualifications to get started. 

  • An existing Foundation qualification (or equivalent) is essential; alternatively, relevant work experience can be considered
  • You must be over the age of 18 or have a third-party payee for any financial agreement
  • You must have a solid grasp of the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent if English is not your first language)
  • You must have access to a computer or other internet enabled device and a reliable internet connection, plus basic computer skills
  • To receive the Diploma qualification, you need to be registered with the CIPD


Why choose Avado?

  • 100% online
  • Live and recorded classes
  • Collaborative learning
  • Bite-sized learning on the go
  • 0% finance options
  • Easy steps to begin your course
  • Hand picked teaching experts
  • Unlimited support

73% of graduates progressed in their career within 3 months of qualification!

CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

United Kingdom
Level 5, Level 5, Professional Qualifications
A levels /advanced GNVQ
Online Degree

Published on 6 Jan 2022

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