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Higher Apprenticeship in Human Resource Management

Programme Description

This qualification is delivered in partnership with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David UWTSD.

New CIPD qualifications are being introduced in 2021. Based on the new Profession Map, the qualifications focus on the knowledge and behaviours required to create value and make an impact in the changing world of work. The new qualifications set the international standard for people professionals. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is planning to offer these from September 2021.

The CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management is a professional qualification. It sets the benchmark for the people profession and provides a strong foundation to give people professionals the confidence and capabilities to guide their decision-making, actions and behaviours.

This qualification extends and fosters a deeper level of understanding and application and naturally progresses learners’ expertise in people practice. It is suited to individuals who:

  • are aspiring to, or embarking on, a career in people management
  • are working in a people practice role and wish to contribute their knowledge and skills to help shape organisational value
  • are working towards or working in a people manager role.

At a Glance

  Part Time

  Maximum of 22 months. The CIPD qualification is undertaken over 12 months.


Programme Features

Higher Apprenticeship in Human Resource Management at Level 5

To be awarded the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management, learners are required to successfully complete a total of seven units.

Core Units

  • Organisational performance and culture in practice
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Professional behaviors and valuing people

Plus three specialist units

  • Employment relationship management
  • Talent management and workforce planning
  • Reward for performance and contribution

Plus one additional specialist unit

  • Specialist Employment Law

Progression & Employment

Successful achievement of the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management will allow progression onto the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management or the CIPD Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Learning and Development.

The Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Arts in Strategic People Management is offered at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

Programme Content

Main Qualifications

CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

Essential Skills Wales: Digital Literacy, Numeracy and Communication

Method of Assessment

Assessment focus

Assessment for the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management is employer-driven and aimed at real scenarios that learners may encounter in their future career.

Assessment grading

  • This qualification is not graded. Learners will receive either a Pass or Fail. All assessment criteria must be met in order to achieve a Pass.


Qualification achievement

All assessments for this qualification are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes. To achieve a Pass for this qualification, a learner must have satisfied all the assessment criteria for each unit. If the complete qualification is not achieved, credit can be issued in the form of a statement of standalone unit credit. Statements of standalone unit credit will be subject to the currency of the existing qualification and CIPD quality assurance checks. The CIPD’s decision will be final.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are usually 18 or over and living in Wales.

Although there are no formal entry requirements, an interview will be required to ensure that this qualification is appropriate for the learner. This should include making sure that learners can meet the requirements of the learning outcomes and can access the appropriate literacy and numeracy needed to complete the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management. A digital literacy level 2 qualification is also required.

*Candidates must be employed to access this course*.