What opportunities will this course give me?

This course is suitable for:
- those working in HR in a support role who wish to develop their knowledge and skills
- HR staff who do not have sufficient qualifications to undertake CIPD Intermediate or Advanced level qualifications
- those who are new to HR
- people who are interested in a move into HR
- line managers involved in HR, and those who have responsibility for HR activities in organisations without a specialist function

Studying this course will help to provide you with:
- a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviour required of a professional HR practitioner
- an understanding of how HR activities support an organisations strategy and assist the achievement of business objectives
- an ability to analyse HR information and present findings to inform decision-making

Completion of the Certificate in HR Practice provides the knowledge required for the Associate professional level of CIPD membership and you will be upgraded to Associate (Assoc CIPD) membership at the end of the course.

If you are interested in further study at this level, you can study additional optional units (totalling 9 credits) to achieve a Diploma in HRP. This top-up Diploma is available at Eastleigh College and can be studied concurrently or after completion of the Certificate In HR Practice.

Alternatively you can progress to the Intermediate level Certificate/Diploma in Human Resource Management (Level 5).

What will I be learning?

The Certificate in HR Practice provides a firm foundation in all areas of HR, as well as an understanding of HR in a business context. It will help you develop essential HR skills and give you the confidence to be more effective at work.

Core units covered are:
- Developing yourself as an effective HR practitioner
- Understanding organisations and the role of HR
- Recording, analysing and using HR information

Our selected Optional units are:
- Resourcing talent
- Supporting good practice in performance and reward management
- Delivering learning and development activities.

The Certificate in HR Practice is a foundation level qualification and is designed to reflect the CIPD Profession Map. It is the equivalent to a NVQ Level 3 and requires a completed total of 28 credits.

This course is offered on a taught basis on a Tuesday afternoon from 1300-1700 (HRPa), and subject to viable student numbers Tuesday evening from 1730-2130 (HRPb) and a Wednesday evening from 1730-2130 (HRPc) from week beginning 7th September 2020.

Why is this course for me?

The Certificate in HR Practice is split 50:50 between class based study and self study. College study will be a mixture of taught sessions, discussions and practical work. Apart from class time, you will need to spend an average of 4 hours per week undertaking research or completing assessment tasks.
Each unit will require completion of a mix of written and practical, skill-based assessments. These will be marked by your lecturer and be internally and externally verified.

What do I need to sign up?

A pre-entry requirement for the course is the completion of an initial and diagnostic assessment in English.

Although there are no formal academic entry requirements, the course tutor will discuss your suitability for the course either before the course starts, or within the first few weeks.

You will need to be a CIPD student member whilst studying. This costs approximately 130 and the tutor will advise you of how to join at the start of the course.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Stationery and memory stick.
Recommended textbooks are available in the Learning Resource Centre but if you want to buy a suitable book you should allow approx. 40. The course tutor will provide details of this at the beginning of the course.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
HRPA Eastleigh College 10/9/2019 Tue 13:00 – 17:15 35
HRPB Eastleigh College 10/9/2019 Tue 17:30 – 21:45 35

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

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If you require further advice and guidance about any course costs and/or the funding options available to you, the College has a dedicated Information, Advice and Guidance team who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1299.

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