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People Practice (Foundation Certificate)

This entry-level qualification is perfect for people professionals working in, or looking to find, their first role in the people profession and will provide you with:

  • A solid grounding in People Practice
  • The knowledge, skills and behaviours to deliver tasks that benefit your organisation at an operational level
  • The confidence to support positive change for your colleagues and organisation.

You can apply directly to the University using the Apply Now button at the top of the page. 

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Contact Name: Julie Thomas

Fee: Fully funded for eligible applicants
(£1700 if not eligible)

Why choose this course?

  • To become CIPD qualified
  • To gain a solid grounding in people practice
  • Work with friendly, experienced practice-led tutors
  • Become part of a network of professionals and gain access to additional professional development events and resources through our strong links with the local CIPD branch
  • Benefit from a combination of small group learning supported by our virtual learning environment

What you will learn

Course Overview

By studying four core units in Business Culture, Core Behaviours, Analytics and the Essentials of People Practice, you’ll develop the expertise to support change and make an impact in your organisation. You’ll focus on real-life scenarios, acquiring core behaviours derived from the CIPD’s new Profession Map, which is based on the cumulative insights of thousands of experts. CIPD qualifications set the international standard for people professionals. You’ll gain the confidence to drive your career forward — and with CIPD membership, the recognition needed to connect to the role you’ve always dreamed of.

Module Topics

Level 3

  • Business, Culture and Change in Context
  • Core Behaviours for People Professionals
  • Essentials of People Practice
  • Principles of Analytics.

There are no exams. Assessment will be via written assignments.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

This qualification is designed for learners aged 18 plus. No previous qualifications are necessary for this course, though you will be expected to demonstrate the ability to write academically at level 3.

Career Opportunities

When you complete your qualification, you’ll be awarded CIPD Foundation Membership, and the designation “Foundation CIPD” after your name. This starts to build your credibility in the people profession, shows you’re serious about your development and that you have a strong base of knowledge to build on.

Additional Costs

Additional costs include mandatory CIPD student membership and optional purchase of textbooks. 

Student Membership of the CIPD costs £98 per year, plus a £40 joining fee (February 2022). 

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Not eligible for international students.


Not applicable