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CIPD Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management

Level 5

Key Facts

Level:Level 5

Full-time/part-time:Part Time


This is a part time course on Wednesdays from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm starting in September 2016.

Location:Lincoln Campus

Course Code:FCICHRM5

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This qualification is recognised by industry and is ideal for HR Practitioners who want to progress to a more strategic role within an organisation.

This qualification is to help candidates develop their ability to evaluate the effectiveness of Human Resource practices at a strategic management level and to increase their understanding of organisations.  The course also aims to help candidates develop planning, analytical and problem solving skills.  This qualification is ideal if:

  • You are a manager or an aspiring manager who wishes to improve your knowledge and skills.
  • You want to work in HR and study a recognised professional qualification.
  • You wish to progress your career by improving your knowledge and skills.
  • You aspire to become a professional member of CIPD.

Core Units:

Developing Professional Practice

This unit is designed to enable the learner to develop an sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by human resource (HR) professionals, whether in a generalist or specialist role, and as described in the CIPD HR Profession Map (HRPM).  The unit embraces the ‘thinking performer’ perspective and covers the competencies needed by the HR professional in a personal capacity, when collaborating and working with others, and when functioning efficiently and effectively in an organisational context.  It will enable learners to assess their own strengths and identify a continuing professional development (CPD) plan, based on the capabilities required for ethical, business-focused and interpersonal professional conduct.

Business Issues and the Contexts of Human Resources

Human resources (HR) professionals need to understand key developments in the business and external contexts within which HR operates.  This unit enables learners to identify and review the business and external contextual factors affecting organisations and to assess the impacts of these factors on the HR function.  The unit also examines HR’s role in strategy formulation and implementation.  The unit is designed to encourage learners to adopt a critical perspective of these contexts and to provide workable organisational and HR solutions to address them.

Using Information in Human Resources

Human resources (HR) professionals need to be able to present a viable and realistic case for improvement based on sound work-based research and an understanding of what is considered good practice.  This core unit develops the skills of research and enquiry in order to enable learners to identify appropriate data sources to support an investigation into an area of HR practice and to synthesise and apply this data, to evaluate the role of HR in business and strategy formulation and implementation, and to prepare and present a business case for improvement.

Additional Units:

Resourcing and Talent Planning

One of the major aims of this unit is to introduce learners to the strategic approaches that organisations take to position themselves as employers in the labour market and to plan effectively so that they are able to meet their current and anticipated organisational skills needs.  Another is to introduce the key operational tools, techniques and practices that organisations use to resource their organisations effectively.  These encompass recruitment, selection, workforce planning, staff retention, succession planning, retirement and dismissal processes.  The purpose of this unit is to provide an overview of the way different organisations are managing these activities and which are the most effective in the context of diverse and distributed locations.

Employee Engagement

This unit is intended to provide learners with a broad understanding of what is meant by employee engagement, including how it can be linked to and yet be distinguished from other related concepts.  It covers the components of employee engagement and the processes through which high levels of engagement can be secured and sustained within an organisation, with special reference to the comprehensive application of human resources (HR) policies, strategies and practices.  The unit also introduces the learner to the principles of and applications for high-performance working (HPW)

Employment Law

Recent decades have seen a substantial increase in the extent to which the employment relationship in the UK, Eire and the EU is regulated through employment legislation.  As a result, human resources (HR) professionals are now obliged to take account of legal requirements in different jurisdictions when carrying out many central aspects of their role.  They are obliged to take responsibility for the defence and settlement of claims lodged with employment tribunals by aggrieved employees or former employees.

The purpose of this unit is to introduce the major areas of employment legislation and the employment law system, focusing in particular on ways in which day-to-day HR activities are subjected to some form of regulation.  The unit is intended to provide an overview, rather than to focus in detail on the operation of specific employment laws, for those who need to understand and be able to evaluate emerging developments in the management of the employment relationship in local and international jurisdictions.

Students should have a Certificate in HR Practice Level 3 or relevant HR experience at a management level.

Candidates will attend an interview before acceptance.

Assessment is entirely through course work.  It is important to appreciate that a high degree of self-motivation is required for any student embarking on this course. n The course is demanding and will require that you attend the college for 4.5 hours every week.  You must also allow time for private study and to complete the assignments.

The CIPD Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management is a valuable end in itself for those people who want  a clearer understanding of strategic Human Resource issues at a management level.

Successful completion will enable you to become an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

It can also be recognised as an entry qualification to the professional courses of the CIPD.  The College provides access to the MSc in HRM/D which is run by University of Lincoln.  This also gives Grad. CIPD status.

The fees for 2016/2017 are To be confirmed

Registration with the CIPD will be approximately £178.0 payable directly to CIPD.

Fees quoted apply only to European Union Nationals and are subject to review at any time.

This is a full Cost course with no fee remission available.

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