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Applied Human Resources (CIPD Diploma)

The CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Applied HR, is a fully funded Higher Apprenticeship qualification in HR Management. It is equivalent to the second year of a university degree in the UK. Employees currently in HR roles (at any level) are eligible to apply.

Students will be enrolled on the Apprenticeship with Coleg Sir Gar and will undertake this qualification with University of Wales Trinity Saint David as part of the Apprenticeship.

The apprenticeship takes two years to complete with apprentices dividing their time between:

  • undertaking their role
  • being taught on-the-job (e.g. being trained by a manager)
  • being taught off-the-job (e.g. attending UWTSD).

On successful completion of the CIPD’s Level 5 Diploma in Applied Human Resources candidates will become Associate members of the CIPD. Associate membership is recognised as a professional level of membership and successful candidates are entitled to use the designation AssocCIPD after their name. 

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.

We are planning to offer these from September 2021 (pending CIPD approval).
At this stage, we are taking expressions of interest. More information will be available once approval is confirmed.
Please contact Julie Thomas for further information.


CIPD Diploma in Applied Human Resources

Please send a completed application form to julie.thomas@uwtsd.ac.uk 

Your eligibility for the funding will be assessed by Coleg Sir Gar.

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Contact Name: Julie Thomas

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Fully funded for eligible students

Tuition Fees 2020/21

Why choose this course

  1. The Higher Apprenticeship will enable apprentices to develop knowledge and skills in human resource management whilst being employed and earning a salary.
  2. Employers will have a chance to expand their human resource function and better support their most valuable asset: their people.
  3. This course is fully funded for eligible students.
  4. Attendance is via monthly workshops and so involves minimal time away from work.
  5. There are no exams.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The Level 5 Diploma in Applied Human Resources is a 90 credit qualification and includes 16 units – 5 Core units, 6 additional knowledge-based units (Group A units) and 5 competence based units (Group B units). Group A and B units have been pre-selected by the University from a range of units offered for this qualification by the CIPD.

Module Topics

The Diploma consists of the following units:

  • Using a Research Approach in Human Resources
  • Developing Professional Practice in Human Resources
  • Understanding the Contemporary Human Resources Function
  • Understanding the Business Context of Human Resources
  • Understanding Employment Law
  • Understanding the Management of Employment Relations
  • Understanding the Link between Individual and Organisational Performance
  • Contributing to improving Organisational Performance
  • Understanding Employee Engagement
  • Contributing to Employee Engagement in the Organisation
  • Understanding the Management of Change
  • Contributing to the Management of Change
  • Understanding Coaching and Mentoring in the Organisation
  • Contributing to Coaching and Mentoring in the Organisation
  • Understanding Resourcing and Talent Planning
  • Contributing to Resourcing and Talent Planning in the Organisation

Formative assessment is embedded throughout the course to encourage self- development, with summative assessment at the end of each unit as recommended by the CIPD. Details of the assessment will be released by the unit tutor at the beginning of the unit delivery.

The range of assessment methods utilised ensures that all the learning outcomes and assessment criteria are met in a way that enhances the student’s learning experience. They should allow candidates to demonstrate a clear grasp of the concepts and their ability to link theory to practice and to communicate clearly in the HR field at the appropriate level.

These include assignments, case studies, group and individual presentations, blogs, work-related activities and reports. Assessment of the group B units will be via portfolios of evidence gathered in the workplace. There are no exams.

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

The Diploma is open to individuals employed in Human Resources, aged 18+. An interview will be held to determine the applicants’ ability to study at level 5. Due to the academic elements of the course, the preferred minimum entry qualification is ‘A’ levels (or equivalent) or an HNC/HND. However, those who hold the CIPD Certificate in Human Resource Practice (Foundation level)/ Certificate in Personnel Practice (CPP) or who have HR experience will also be considered.

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Diploma will enable students to apply for jobs that require the level 5 CIPD qualification. Students may also choose to progress to the level 7 CIPD Diploma in HRM.

Additional Costs

Students may choose to purchase three core textbooks from the Kogan Page website. Students must also join the CIPD as student members.

Student Quotes

Jane Sadler, Puffin Produce Ltd (Haverfordwest)
"The course is relevant to my job and it’s underpinning my practical knowledge and giving me ideas about how to develop management skills in human resources."

Carla Roberts, Recruitment Officer, Bluestone
"The course is helping me understand HR as a whole and how various industries face different HR challenges. It’s also helping us to focus on a more strategic rather than reactionary approach in the workplace as well as offering a widely recognised professional qualification."

Katy Barron, HR Administrative Assistant, Coleg Ceredigion.
"I’m quite new to my role so I’m benefitting from gaining a deeper knowledge of HR and putting into practice what I’m learning. We learn various modules and the module on management of change has been particularly helpful and relevant to my organisation."

Rhodri Packman, Business Partner, Chwarae Teg
"The course is an excellent way of getting a qualification and I’m already applying what I’m learning with my clients. Up to date legislation helps me deliver quality and diversity to Welsh businesses as part of my role. Working on a European project, it’s all current and relevant to me delivering quality and diversity support to businesses to create a fair and equal Wales for women."

Bursary / Scholarship Information

This course is fully-funded. 

Scholarships and Bursaries