CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management


1 Year / 6 Months (£3,150)


Instalment Plans and Advanced Learner Loans are available to learners paying their own fees.


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Course Overview

The Associate Diploma in People Management builds on the CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice and/or learners existing knowledge skills and behaviours and is aimed at further expanding learners’ independent practice to enable them to evolve into more senior roles within organisations as people professionals.


If you have any questions, require any further information, or would like to arrange an interview please contact Sally Mack on CIPD@nhc.ac.uk or 01462 443065.

Who will benefit? 

Using a framework of HR understanding, behaviours and skills development, this qualification offers the opportunity for learners to transition to employment as people managers.


This qualification extends and fosters a deeper level of understanding and application and naturally progresses learners’ expertise in people practice.

Course objectives

The Diploma is suitable for those who:

  • Are aspiring to, or embarking on, a career in people management
  • Are working in a people practice role and wish to contribute their knowledge and skills to help shape organisational value
  • Are working towards or working within a people manager role
  • Are joining a L5 apprenticeship programme


Mode of Delivery

The programme is delivered using a combination of teaching on a unit basis and independent study, guided learning over a period of approximately 30 weeks (afternoon and evening) or 60 weeks (afternoon only or evening only). Students are expected to match the teaching delivery with independent study.

Course content



3 CORE UNITS – Mandatory

  • 5CO 01 Organisational Performance & Culture in Practice
  • 5CO 02 Evidence Based Practice
  • 5CO 03 Professional Behaviours & Valuing People



  • 5HR 01 Employment Relationship Management
  • 5HR 02 Talent Management & Workforce Planning
  • 5HR 03 Reward for Performance & Contribution



    • 5OS 01 Specialist Employment Law (to be run during the academic year 2023/24)
    • 5OS 06 Leadership & Management Development (to be run during the academic year 2022/23)



This is an assessment-based qualification which includes a range of assignments from skills, written assignments assessed ‘in classroom’ and virtual learning environment activities such as case studies, online discussions, blogs and wikis.

Course delivery – on campus

This course is delivered at our sister organisation –  North Hertfordshire College’s campus in Stevenage. It provides a rich study environment where you can collaborate with other learners and draw on each other’s experiences, through workshops and one-to-one tutorials.



12th September 2024

Entry requirements

Acceptance on to the course is via an interview with the Programme Manager.


It is essential that students have full access to HR policies and practices and liaise with HR practitioners for successful completion of assignments.


Learners must also satisfy the requirements for a sufficient standard of writing skills assessed by an interview with the Programme Manager.


Learners will most likely have successfully completed the CIPD Foundation L3 qualifications (People Resource Practice or Learning and Development Practice) or hold a relevant first degree or have over three years of HR experience.

Link to professional registration

If you have the relevant professional experience you can apply to become a professional member of the CIPD.

For more information about our CIPD courses or to apply please complete our contact form

Or contact us on cipd@nhc.ac.uk or call 01462 424242


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