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CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management

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Increase your expertise, job performance and earning potential with a globally recognised CIPD Level 5 Diploma in People Management.

The CIPD Level 5 Diploma is designed for those who already have some experience in human resources and wish to build a career in people management.

During this course you will build a stronger understanding of how to manage and develop the people management function within your organisation. You will gain the skills needed to evaluate contemporary theories and models and apply them strategically to enhance the performance of any organisation you work for. You will have an understanding of the external environment in which your company is operating and how this compares to other sectors of the economy.

What does the CIPD Level 5 offer?

Our academic and practical experience in delivering the CIPD Level 5 Diploma and modules will provide you with a clear progression pathway within any people management role.

The CIPD Level 5 qualifications are internationally recognised and equivalent to undergraduate degree level. Gaining a CIPD Level 5 Diploma in People Management means that you will be able upgrade to CIPD Associate Membership and use Assoc CIPD on your CV and LinkedIn profile. 

CIPD Level 5 Diploma Course Details

The CIPD Associate Diploma in People Management provides a comprehensive and modern overview of HR and people management.

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£165 monthly

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£176 monthly

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Total (inc.VAT)


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Gain an in-depth understanding of all people management specialist areas. Perfect for those ambitious to move onto postgraduate Level 7.

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Average Completion Time

8 - 10 months, study part-time.

Support Period

Support Period

You have up to 15 months to complete your course.



7 modules: 3 Core + 3 Specialist + 1 Optional.



CIPD Associate membership.

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Pay monthly with 0% interest-free payment plans.*

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Additional Costs

CIPD membership must be taken to complete any of these courses and this is not included within our course fee.

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Choose the level that’s right for you

Book a call with one our friendly and knowledgeable course advisors. They will help you to find the right course based on your experience in HR and what you want to achieve from a CIPD course. They can offer advice and provide you with further information on study options, start dates and more.

Learn Face-to-Face 

If you're someone who already knows that they prefer to learn in-person rather than online or via blended learning, we offer face-to-face workshops at our Mary Ward House location in London that are perfect for you! 

No workshop bookings are necessary once you enrol, just show up and start learning from the get-go as you would in a typical classroom environment. Keep in mind, however, that if you miss one of your in-person workshops, it's your responsibility to catch up on your own time or the following week. 

Download the CIPD Level 5 timetable today for more info. 

HR Apprenticeships

The apprenticeship levy is an alternative way to fund your CIPD Level 5 HR qualification. Find out how our Apprenticeship partners Realise will support you and your organisation with the HR Consultant Apprenticeship (Level 5).

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Course Details and Assessment

Our flexible study options for CIPD Level 5 HR Qualifications include flexible Live Online and London classroom sessions. 

Live Online Learning

You can complete your CIPD Level 5 course remotely via our online sessions or through 1-2-1 portfolio building.

Our Live Online classes run once a month. They combine the convenience of remote learning, with the supportive structure and interaction of a classroom environment.

London Classroom

Acacia is the most established London CIPD centre. We offer fabulously flexible CIPD Level 5 London classroom workshops:

  • Learn from expert lecturers who will support you to apply theories to your work context.
  • Share your experience and questions with your peers across case studies and discussions.
  • Central London location, Mary Ward House. 
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Course Timetable

Mix and match between our different delivery options, creating a personalised training programme. You can choose to study at one of our London centres, online, or 1-2-1 with a senior tutor. We have start dates every month so it’s never too soon to start working towards achieving your CIPD Level 5 Diploma.

Still undecided?  We offer free taster classes for our London workshops and live online classes. Simply contact us to book a free CIPD taster session. Access careers and study advice from your tutor, and meet fellow students to help you get started.

Assessment & Support

When you first start the course you will receive an email to gain access to Acacia Community, which includes a wealth of resources to broaden your knowledge and understanding as well as give you the support you need to successfully complete your assignments.

You will book your modules depending on your own schedule, however, please note that we expect 100% attendance as this will ensure you will get all relevant information to successfully pass your assessments.

There is a written assessment at the end of each module which you will submit via the Acacia Community to later be marked by your tutor. These assignments will also be vetted through a number of external verification processes to ensure the highest quality standards. 

Keep in mind that should you have any questions throughout your course about your modules or assignments, our helpful Student Support team is here to guide you. 

CIPD Level 5 Diploma Modules

Our highly flexible timetable and support means you can choose exactly how and when you want to study.

Click on each one to find out what you will learn in each unit.

This unit examines the connections between organisational structure and the workplace in a business context. It also considers the factors and trends that may impact business strategy and workforce planning, whilst recognising the influence of culture, employee wellbeing and behaviour in delivering change and organisational performance.

Learning outcomes:

• Understand the connections between organisational structure, strategy and the business operating environment.

• Analyse external factors and trends and assess business priorities and issues including the scale of technology within organisations.

• Interpret theories and models of organisational and human behaviour and the drivers for change.

• Examine how to build diversity and inclusion that aims to promote a positive culture.

• Evaluate the relationship between the employee lifecycle and your work and how people practice connects and supports people and organisational strategies to ensure business goals are delivered in line with customer requirements.

This unit will help you to understand the importance of capturing quantitative and qualitative evidence to gain insight and evaluate critical information. It focuses on analysing evidence to improve decision-making and learn how measuring the impact of people practice is essential in creating value.

Learning outcomes:

• Develop understanding of the concepts of evidence-based practice and the tools and methods that are applied to diagnose issues and opportunities.

• Explain the principles of critical thinking and assess how different ethical perspectives can influence decision making.

• Evaluate the benefits, risks and financial implications of solutions aimed at improving people practice issues.

• Measure the impact and value people practice contributions make to organisations through collation of key findings and scrutiny of key systems and data.

In this module you will learn how applying key professional behaviours including ethical practice, courage and inclusivity can build positive working relationships and support employee participation and well-being. It considers how developing and mastering new professional behaviours and practice can impact performance.

Learning outcomes:

• Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviours by appraising what it means to be a people professional, and how personal and ethical values can be applied, including contributing to discussions with confidence and conviction to influence others.

• Champion inclusive and collaborative strategies, arguing the human and business benefits of inclusive behaviours and the right to be fairly treated at work.

• Design and evaluate solutions aimed at building positive working relationships.

• Demonstrate personal commitment to learning, professional development and performance improvement by exploring how the role of a people professional is evolving.

• Assess your own strengths, weaknesses and development areas and formulate a range of CPD activities to support your learning journey.

This module looks at the key practices and tools to manage and build employee relationships to create better working lives and leverage organisational performance.

Learning outcomes:

• Develop understanding of practices aimed at supporting better working lives, differentiating between employee involvement and participation as well as reviewing emerging developments to inform approaches to employee voice and engagement.

• Learn about conflict and misbehaviour, assessing emerging trends in conflict and industrial sanctions, third party conciliation, mediation, and arbitration.

• Learn about performance, disciplinary and grievance matters and explain the skills required for effective grievance and discipline handling procedures.

• Learn about the main provisions of collective employment law and the types of employee representation.

This module examines the impact of effective workforce planning; the value of diverse talent pools and how to contract and onboard the workforce. It also includes analysis of the potential cost to the organisation (if poorly managed) and the tools and interventions required to mitigate this risk.

• Extend your understanding of labour market trends and their significance for workforce planning.
• Explain how organisations position themselves and the impact of a changing labour market on resourcing decisions.
• Evaluate techniques to support workforce planning and explain approaches to succession and contingency planning, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of different methods of recruitment and selection aimed at building effective workforces.
• Examine turnover and retention trends and compare different approaches to developing and retaining talent looking at how organisations build talent pools.
• Learn about the importance of managing contractual arrangements and onboarding.

This module examines both internal and external business factors and how they influence reward strategies and policies, the financial drivers of the organisation and the impact of reward costs. It considers the importance of the role of people practice in supporting managers to make professional reward judgements and the impact of rewarding performance.

Learning outcomes

• How to evaluate the principles of reward and its importance to culture and performance management and how policies and practices are implemented.

• Explain how people and organisational performance impacts approaches to reward and the different types of benefits offered by organisations.

• Evaluate the most appropriate ways in which data can be gathered and measured and develop insight from benchmarking data.

• Develop reward packages and explain legislative requirements that impact reward practice.

• Review the role of people practice in supporting managers to make consistent and appropriate reward judgements aligned to agreed approaches.

The specialist employment law module looks at the key areas of employment legislation and its legal framework. It focuses on how people professionals are obliged to take account of legal requirements in different jurisdictions when carrying out the varied aspects of their role.

Learning outcomes

• Learn about the purpose of employment regulation and the way that it is enforced in practice.

• Evaluate the aims and objectives, the role played by the tribunal and courts in enforcing employment law and how cases are settled before and after legal procedures.

• Explain the main principles of discrimination law, how to manage recruitment and selection activities lawfully as well as learning about redundancy law and changes in contracts.

• Learn about managing issues relating to pay and working time in a lawful way and employment rights for flexible working.

This module is designed to help People Management practitioners to understand people practice from an international perspective. It focuses on the challenges, considerations and importance of people practice in an international context. You will learn about the importance of people practice and the process and benefits of managing expatriates.

Learning outcomes

• Examine contextual factors in relation to managing people from an international perspective and assess the drivers and benefits of employment in an international context.

• Explain convergent and divergent approaches to policy and practice and learn about the factors relevant in selecting and resourcing, as well as the challenges and cultural differences to consider.

• Evaluate the reasons expatriates are used for international working and the formation of appropriate policies and processes for selecting, preparing and managing overseas repatriation.

This unit focuses on how adapting leadership styles to manage, monitor and report on equality and diversity is essential for inclusive practice and legislation. The importance of promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce to drive a positive culture and celebrate diversity and inclusion increases organisational performance as well as meeting the needs of employees and customers more effectively.

Reasons To Choose

96.4% Level 5 pass rate

99% CIPD pass rate.

Flexible study

Proud to offer more flexible study options than anyone else.

Online study resources

Access to our specially designed online student resources.

Join the Acacia family

A welcoming team of experienced tutors & our friendly support team.

HR Community

Plentiful opportunities to meet like-minded professionals and create lifelong connections.

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Interest-free payment options*

Pay for your course with 0% interest-free monthly payment options.

Competitive prices

Highly competitive prices without compromising on quality.

Career Options

The CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management qualification is ideal if you are:

  • Already working in a HR role (at a managerial level) or perhaps looking to step up the ladder for a new HR role which requires this level.
  • You may already have some HR experience however a recognised qualification will strengthen your professional capabilities and “best practice” in your place of work.
  • Already have a relevant degree and wish to take the next steps.

CIPD qualifications are the international gold standard in human resources. The skills you develop with us will open new career options and enhance your professional network.

Jobs which would be suitable once you have completed your CIPD level 5 Diploma include HR Business Partner or Manager, People Analyst, Employee Relations Manager, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, Resourcing Business Partner, Reward and Benefits Manager, Talent Manager.

Did You Know?

The skills you develop with the CIPD Level 5 qualification will open new exciting career options for you!


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