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New College Durham Cipd Level 5

New College Durham Cipd Level 5


Level 5 Certificate Human Resource Management (CIPD)

Start date(s):
18 Sep 2017
30 weeks
Level 5
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Study Mode:
Part Time
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Attendance Pattern:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
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This qualification offers the ideal platform to further develop your HR knowledge. It is designed to give you a broader perspective of the organisational issues facing HR professionals, and encourages the development of effective analytical and problem solving skills.

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This apprenticeship offers learners the perfect opportunity to further develop their HR knowledge with practical experience in a real working environment.



The learning objectives and outcomes will be outlined at the beginning of each unit. This qualification is aimed at those who are seeking to develop a career in HR management and development, or are working in the field of HR management and development and need to extend their knowledge and skills. It is also aimed at those who have responsibility for implementing HR policies and strategies. It is preferable for candidates to have previously studied a CIPD foundation level qualification, but not essential, depending on your previous qualifications and experience.


  • 5DVP – Developing Professional Practice – This unit is linked to the CIPD Profession Map and embraces the ‘thinking performer’ perspective. It will cover the competencies needed by the HR professional.
  • 5CHR – Business Issues and the Contexts of Human Resources – Human Resources need to understand key developments in the business and external contexts within which HR operates. This unit reviews the business and external contextual factors affecting organisations, and assesses the impacts of these factors on the HR function.
  • 5UIN – Using Information in Human Resources – 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. It will teach students 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.
  • 5RST – Resourcing and Talent Planning – This unit introduces 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. It covers recruitment, selection, workforce planning, staff retention, succession planning, retirement and dismissal processes.
  • 5ENG – Employee Engagement – This unit provides you with a broad understanding of what is meant by employee engagement, including how it can be linked to the principles of high-performance working (HPW).
  • 5EML – Employment Law – HR professionals are now obliged to take account of legal requirements when carrying out many central aspects of their role. They may be responsible for the defence and settlement of claims by aggrieved employees. This unit introduces the major areas of employment legislation and the employment law system.


Monday:4.00pm – 9.00pm*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

Each unit is allocated a number of weeks out of the overall 30 weeks. Sessions are engaging and include both taught theory and seminar activities. The sessions aim to develop your knowledge and practice of being a HR practitioner by using an interactive approach. This means you will be given the opportunity to apply the theory to practice.
Each unit has an assessment which has been designed and written by CIPD. The assessments will take on different forms, such as written reports or presentations. They are initially assessed by internal CIPD staff, before being moderated externally by CIPD. Assessments are returned within 4 working weeks (excluding holidays), and look to develop your knowledge and practical skills in HR. Tutorials are provided by the Course Tutor to help you with your assessments. You will be required to spend approximately 3-4 hours per week working on the assessment outside of the lesson. Once all six modules have been internally and externally moderated by CIPD then you will receive your certificate.

Maths and English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university. If you have not achieved a new grade 9-4 or do not hold an A* to C in GCSE maths or English, your study programme at college will include teaching that will support you to progress your skills in these subjects. If you achieved a grade 3 or hold a D in either maths or English, you will re-sit your GCSE qualification with us. If your grade was lower than a 3, or your qualification is below a D, you will study Functional Skills to enhance your maths and English skills. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold a A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.

Industry links:

We have links to the CIPD NE Branch and students are encouraged to attend events at least once per year. We also invite ACAS to come in annually to provide updates on recent practice.

Other websites:

The website: provides some good resources relating to CIPD membership and this qualification.

Professional body registration:

Associate membership of CIPD. You can apply to upgrade your membership at the end of the programme.

What else?


This course does not qualify for Advanced Learner Loan funding. No funding is available as this is a Full Cost Course.

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Fees and funding

Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.

Additional Costs

It is a requirement of CIPD that students join the institute. The course leader will confirm the CIPD Membership fees prior to induction or prospective candidates can check these at Fees are paid directly by you to CIPD at the start of the programme. These can be paid quarterly or annually.

Interview Instructions

Interviews are usually carried out over the telephone at a pre-arranged time. These can be face-to-face should you wish to come into the college. We will ask you about your current role, qualifications and HR experience to ensure that this programme is right for you. The interview will take approximately 20 minutes and it is quite informal.

Entry Criteria

Ideally, you should have completed a CIPD foundation level qualification (Certificate in HR Practice or the Certificate in Personnel Practice). Alternatively, if you have studied at foundation degree or undergraduate level previously, or have experience as a HR professional at managerial level, this may be the correct entry point within the CIPD portfolio. The Course Leader will undertake an informal interview / discussion with prospective candidates in order to determine the most appropriate entry point within the CIPD portfolio.