CIPD Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management

Who is the programme aimed at?

The Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management are suitable for those who:

  • are responsible for HR decision making within an organisation at an operational, tactical or more strategic level
  • have responsibility for the HR function and activities within an organisation
  • are working as an independent or employed HRM consultant, supporting organisations in meeting their goals
  • aspire to become a Chartered member of CIPD.

What are the benefits of studying this qualification?

The CIPD Advanced Diploma in HR Management is the flag-ship qualification in the field of HR and is widely-recognised by employers and other HR professionals.  The qualification will help you develop your breadth of knowledge and specialise in a chosen area. You will learn how to develop and implement creative and strategic HR solutions that enhance organisational performance, as well as developing your understanding of organisations and the context within which HR operates.

Once you have completed your qualification, you will also be awarded Associate level membership of CIPD to enhance your professional credibility in the workplace and to potential employers.  The Advanced Diploma also gives you access to apply for upgrading to Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow of the CIPD

What units will I study?

The full list of units is set out below.  Which of these you study will depend on your study mode: Online distance learning, Mixed-mode or Work-based.

Each unit carries 15 credits and to achieve the Diploma you need to achieve 120 credits.

Units for Diploma in Human Resource Management Credit Value
Human resource management in context 15
Leading, managing and developing people 15
Developing skills for business leadership 15
Investigating a business issue from a HR perspective 15
Group A Optional Units  
Organisational design and organisation development 15
Leadership and management development 15
Resourcing and talent management 15
Performance management 15
Reward management 15
Managing employment relations 15
Employment law 15
Employee engagement 15
Group B Optional Units  
Learning and talent development 15
Designing, delivering and evaluating learning and development provision 15
Knowledge management and organisational learning 15
Understanding and implementing coaching and mentoring 15

How will the programme be delivered?

The online distance learning programme is delivered using our online learning platform that gives you lots of flexibility to study when and where you wish.  You will have access to a range of learning materials on the learning platform, along with online tutorials and group sessions with others studying the same programme as you.  You will be supported throughout by our qualified tutor-assessors.

Our mixed-mode delivery provides a 2-day workshop every three months during Year one, followed by 5 x 1-day workshops in Year two to help you prepare for the exams and to begin working on your management research report and skills portfolio.  A personal tutor will support you through these activities. You have the benefit of learning as part of a group, but also have the option to use work-based evidence in completing most of the assignments.

For the work-based study route you will be allocated an Assessor to work with you throughout the programme. To achieve the units you will undertake a range of activities including gathering work-based evidence, written statements and assignments.

What is the duration of the programme?

You will have up to two years to complete the qualification but because the programme is so flexible, you can work at your own pace within this timeframe.

How will the qualification be assessed?

Assessment will be by a range of activities including assignments, and in the case of the distance learning programme you will follow learning journeys with guided reading, reflections and other activities as you work towards completing assignments.

The 2 units ‘Human Resource Management in Context’ and ‘Leading, Managing and Developing People’ are assessed by exams and support will be provided to help you prepare for this.

For the unit ‘Investigating a Business Issue from a Human Resource Perspective’ you will need to complete a 7000 word report.  We will assign a tutor to support you with this.

The unit ‘Developing Skills for Business Leadership’ focuses on your Continuing Professional Development and throughout your programme you will build a portfolio to evidence your continuous learning.

Once you have successfully completed the qualification, you will be upgraded to Associate member of the CIPD.  You may then also be eligible to apply for assessment to upgrade to Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow status.  We will support you in doing this at no extra cost.

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