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What career opportunities can this lead to?

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 Diploma 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.

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

What are the entry requirements?

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

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

What does this programme involve?

The Diploma in HR Practice provides a firm foundation in many 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
- Supporting good practice in managing employment relations
- Supporting change in organisations

The Diploma in HR Practice is a foundation-level qualification and is designed to reflect
the CIPD Profession Map. It is the equivalent level to NVQ Level 3 and requires a completed total of 37 credits.

This course is offered on a taught basis on a Tuesday afternoon from 1300-1700 (HRPa), a Tuesday evening from 1730-2130 (HRPb) or a Wednesday evening 1730-2130 (HRPc) for 35 weeks from week beginning 13th September 2017 with a Thursday evening from 1730-2130 for 9 weeks over the period starting in January 2018.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

The Diploma 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. You will need to able to manage studying twice a week during January, February and March.
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

What else do I need to know?

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

Dates for the diary

Our part-time open event is held every June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1299.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form through our Information, Advice and Guidance team by telephone 023 8091 1299 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team.

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HRPD Eastleigh College 11/9/2019 Wed 17:30 – 21:30 35 Apply now

* 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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