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CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

(SCQF level 8)

Administration, Human Resources & Law, Education and Humanities

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Mode of Study


Start Date

1st Sep 2021, 36 weeks


City Campus


£ 1990


With an Associate Diploma in People Management, you’ll no longer simply support change in your organisation – you’ll help drive it.

This qualification is perfect for you if you enjoy developing and managing people. You’ll expand your knowledge of HR with a combination of core units and specialist areas – helping you focus on what matters most to you.

  • Build on your existing knowledge and specialise in People Management.
  • Increase your knowledge in employment relationship management, talent management and performance reward.
  • Take the next step up into a more senior people professional role.

What will I study?

You’ll hone your people management knowledge, as well as choosing from optional units that you can tailor to your specific interests. You’ll focus on real-life scenarios, acquiring the core behaviours derived from the CIPD’s new Profession Map, which is based on the cumulative insights of thousands of experts.

CIPD membership

CIPD membership gives you a badge of professionalism that’s internationally recognised. It showcases your knowledge and impact within the people profession. Once you’re registered for the qualification, you’ll join the CIPD as a Student Member, the first step in your CIPD membership journey (2020/21 cost - £138).

We’ll support and encourage you throughout your studies and help you grow in confidence and deliver more impact. You’ll gain access to extensive resources like our expert research, journals, factsheets, helplines and online communities, helping you to build your network.

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.


Please note, in addition to the face-to-face classes on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening, there will be a requirement to attend an additional twenty face-to-face and/or online sessions held on weekday evenings.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Significant current or recent experience in HR role(s) (Essential).
  • Ability to write English to a high standard (SCQF level 8/9) (Essential).
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll need to provide evidence that you’ve achieved ESOL Intermediate Level 2 (or equivalent) (Essential).
  • CIPD Level 3 Certificate in HR Practice (Desirable).

What you study

This qualification consists of three core units, three specialist units and a choice of one optional unit.

Core units:

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

Specialist units:

  • Employment relationship management.
  • Talent management and workplace planning.
  • Reward for performance and contribution.

Optional units:

  • Employment law.
  • Leadership and management development.
  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    1st Sep 2021, 36 weeks
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Cost:
    £ 1990