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CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice


Business, Finance and Management

Study Mode

Part time

Start Date



30 weeks



Available at

Course Overview

HR Professionals on this course are typically either, looking to work, or are working in an HR Advisor or Administrative roles as part of the HR function delivering front line support to managers and employees.Your work is likely to include handling day to day queries and providing HR advice; working on a range of HR processes involving the employee life cycle, from recruitment through to retirement; using HR systems to keep records; providing relevant HR information to the business; working with the business on HR changes. You will typically be taking ownership for providing advice to managers on a wide range of HR issues, using company policy and current law, giving basic guidance that is advisory and compliant.As a Line Manager you may also benefit from the people skills and knowledge in this programme. It is also very practical and informative for small business owners or managers if you have responsibility for managing the people element in your teams and organisations.

What will I learn?

Effective learning is an individual experience and we will apply a range of techniques to help you get the most from the course. In a group environment you will experience theory, concepts and best practice principles and look to apply them to workplace situations and scenarios. The group can become a learning network to help you develop or take on greater levels of responsibility.

The course is designed over four modules, based on the CIPD Profession Map, the aim of which is to provide a broad range of knowledge and practical skills on which to contribute to people management practices in your organisation.

· Business, culture and change in context
· Principles of analytics
· Core behaviours for people professionals
· Essentials of people practice

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Students are required to pass one assignment per unit. The format of assessment may also include reports, observed to role plays such as interviewing or delivering a learning session and reflective statements – your tutor will guide you and show you exactly what is required. All assessments are relevant to the workplace.

The course will require additional personal study to gain a wider appreciation of the topics. You should assume that the classroom hours each week are matched by at least an equivalent amount of your own time in researching related material and writing assignments. Student participation in class is essential and the sharing of HR experience is a highly valued part of the programme.

Classroom sessions are currently scheduled for Wednesday (Lackham), 1.00pm– 5.00pm and over a period of 30 weeks.


The College also offers this Certificate as an integral part of the new Level 3 HR Support Apprenticeship scheme. Supporting Employers may be able to fund this programme through the Apprenticeship Levy. If your Employer is not currently in receipt of this funding, we will be able to guide them on how this can be achieved

Entry Requirements

Candidates will have a good level of education to include English language, verbal and written skills, along with ICT skills such as Microsoft Office. Relevant experience in Human Resources will be very useful.

Additional Costs and Information

All students will have access to the Learning Resource Centre (Library) on our main campuses, this also allows use of personal computers with access to the internet. There is also access to the 24/7 e-Study interactive online learning facility, with a comprehensive range of including books, research studies, reports, workbooks and presentations.

You will need to be a member of the CIPD throughout this period of study. If you are not an existing member, you will need to enrol as a student member. Details and current fees are available at Membership will also give you access to their student hub resources. This should be done by the start of the programme.

We do need to make sure that this course is right for you. During enrolment, if we feel that we need to discuss your application further, we will contact you for an email, telephone or face to face interview.

If you are interested in joining us for the year, but would like more information, please contact or Wiltshire College at We’ll be delighted to help with your enquiry.

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