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CIPD Level 3 Foundation

Certificate in People Practice

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CIPD Level 3 Course Details

The CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice is ideal if you are looking to gain a comprehensive blend of practical (HR, L&D and OD) skills in people practice. This qualification is the equivalent to an A-level and will provide you with an internationally recognised CIPD qualification as well as the knowledge needed to gain your CIPD Foundation Membership.

On successful completion of your CIPD Level 3 qualification you will be equipped with practical and theoretical skills across the core functions of people practice.

These courses don’t assume any prior knowledge but will teach you valuable skills and will give you a practical overview of the range of responsibilities involved in a generalist human resource, learning and development or organisational development administrator or assistant level role.

For the CIPD Level 3 Foundation course there are no formal entry requirements that need to be satisfied in order for you to enrol.

If English is your second language, we recommend that you have achieved one of the following (or an equivalent):

IELTS: 5.5 overall score with a minimum of 5.5 in each category
TOEFL: 71 overall score with a minimum of 17 in each category
Cambridge: Grade C or above

However, this is not mandatory and we are happy to review your case on an individual basis. 

You will be expected to complete a written assignment, up to 4,000 words, at the end of each module that you study, allowing you to demonstrate your newly acquired knowledge and skills, which you have mastered during the modules.

Your assignments will then be be submitted online and marked by our assessors, while moderated by CIPD.

Once you have successfully passed all your assignments, you will then be awarded your new CIPD qualification, while also enabling you to progress to the next level and begin your Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management or Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning & Development

We offer flexible 0% payment plans that allow you to spread the cost of your qualification with our interest-free* monthly payments options. You can also pay for your qualification in full during the enrolment process.

If, however, your employer is funding all or parts of your course on your behalf, we can directly invoice your organisation for your course fees.

If you need some extra assistance, give our affordability calculator a try before you enrol. 

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  • £29,000

    HR Assistant Average Pay**

  • £35,000

    HR Assistant Top Pay**

CIPD Level 3 HR Modules

This module focuses on helping you understand the impact of external influences, while exploring how the digital and commercial environment shapes businesses and the culture within which they operate.

Through this module, you will also analyse the importance of people’s behaviour on organisational culture and its ability to manage change effectively.

Through this module, you will learn how people professionals are required to make straightforward and complex choices as part of their jobs. It focuses on how utilising a broad range of analytics and evidence are essential in delivering good working practices and pragmatic decisions to create value.

Through this module you will be introduced to the core behaviours for people professionals, with a focus on the importance of ethical practice in an effort to create value. The module examines how certain ways of thinking and behaviours should be universally consistent, to promote a sense of wellbeing and inclusivity at work.

In the final module of this qualification, you will learn how to apply the fundamentals of people practice, ranging from the employee lifecycle to policies, regulation and law. You will also explore a range of specialist subjects including recruitment, talent management, reward and learning & development, which are all essential for a successful career in people practice.

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CIPD Level 3 FAQs

Since 2007, Acacia Learning has been a premium education provider dedicated to personal and professional career development, with convenient and flexible learning options. 

We help people elevate their careers and increase their earning potential with our internationally recognised professional qualifications, offering world-class content by leading practitioners. 

There are three different CIPD HR qualifications you can choose from, depending on what stage of your career you are in.

The CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice is the perfect introductory qualification to HR and L&D, aimed for those with no or limited industry experience. It is the ideal qualification for those looking to attain an entry-level role, such as HR Assistant.

The CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management is designed for people professionals in mid-level positions, such as HR Advisor or Manager. For those with some HR experience, whether that is working directly in HR or in a role that involves some aspects of HR, such as management, then this is the ideal course.

The Associated Diploma is also a great choice for newcomers to people management, who hold a university degree and want to begin their studies at a higher level. 

The CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management is targeted towards people professionals with significant HR experience or those with an HR degree ready to progress to postgraduate-level study. This course acts as preparation towards more strategic senior roles like HR Business Partner, HR Consultant or HR Director. 

Alternatively, for those wanting to specialise in L&D, they can choose to study one of our CIPD Learning & Development courses instead. 

We understand that every learner is different, so before you enrol with us, feel free to contact our Course Advisors to discuss your options. 

Once you have enrolled on the course, your account will be set up immediately and you will be able to log in an commence your studies within an hour.

There are no set start dates or set schedules of studies, as everything is shaped around you, your lifestyle and your commitments.

At the beginning of your course, you will be granted access to our learning platform, 'mystudyspace', which includes a variety of carefully crafted resources to aid your learning and broaden your knowledge, including videos and podcasts you will need for each module.

In addition, your tutor will assist and guide you throughout your studies, answer your questions, and provide relevant feedback on all coursework. They are there to support you throughout your studies as well as our helpful Student Support team, who you can also contact at any point during your course.

Yes, you are required to be a CIPD member for the duration of your CIPD studies.

Unless you are an active CIPD member, we cannot submit your assignments for moderation, provide you with assignment grades, or award you with your qualification. Therefore, you must be registered before you submit your first assignment. 

We will provide you with full details on how to join with a Student Membership, following your enrolment. You will then need to pay an annual Student Membership fee, for which our CIPD Advisors will give you the most up-to-date costs.

If you are planning to fund the course yourself, our flexible 0% payment plans allow you to spread the cost with our interest-free* monthly payments options, or additionally pay for the qualification in full during the enrolment process. 

We understand that enrolling on a professional qualification is a commitment and therefore will do our best to find a payment situation that works for you.  

If your employer is funding all or parts of your course on your behalf, we can directly invoice your organisation for your course fees. Simply make your advisor aware of the payment arrangements and we will take care of everything for you. 

Please note that a CIPD membership must be held to complete any CIPD courses and this is not included within our course fee.

Ensure your qualification is budget friendly before you enrol - Check out our affordability calculator

If you are interested in enrolling on a CIPD course with us, get in contact with our CIPD Advisors today. 

They will talk through your experience, education and professional ambitions to ensure you are choosing the right course for you. They will then help you get enrolled with our interest-free* payment plan.

If you have any disabilities which you think may affect your studies or assessments, please let your Course Advisor know before you enrol so we can provide you with guidance on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

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