Certificate in Professional Studies: Intermediate Human Resource Management (Certificate of Professional Studies)

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Oxstalls, Gloucester

Professionally approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the Certificate in Professional Studies: Intermediate Human Resource Management, supports current and aspiring HR professionals with limited experience seeking membership to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), to progress their career in Human Resources.

Learn from experienced HR professionals and widen your breadth of knowledge by exploring creative and strategic HR solutions to drive business success. Share experiences of different organisational settings with fellow HR professionals from diverse sectors. Draw on both organisational and academic data to understand the external context which impacts on HRM and the organisational contribution HR practices make.

The Intermediate programme in Human Resource Management is a one year course which bridges the Foundation and Advanced level within the CIPD qualifications. As a practising HR professional, study one afternoon/evening a week alongside your employment and develop HR knowledge you can apply in your workplace.

From 2018, the University of Gloucestershire School of Business and Technology will move to a brand-new, state-of-the-art home at our Oxstalls campus in Gloucester. The £16 million development will be home to our Business, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Law and Accounting and Finance courses. Find out more about the new School of Business and Technology and other developments with our virtual fly-through video and see where you could be taking your next steps towards a career in business.

Study style

Develop both academic knowledge and workplace skills through shared classroom learning, case studies and problem-based learning. Undertake your own reading and research to consolidate your formal learning. Recommended study for this course is 450 hours, of which 360 should be independent study. This programme is assessed by coursework.  Typical modules include:

  • Maximising Human Capital: Developing Professional Practice
  • Resourcing & Talent Planning andImplementing Coaching & Mentoring
  • Driving High Performance Organisations: Improving Organisational Performance, Organisation Development and Using Information in Human Resources
  • Managing HR functions: Business Issues & the Contexts of Human Resources, Managing & Co-ordinating the Human Resources Function and Organisation Design.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

To study on this course, you must have: 

  • CIPD Foundation level, or general business qualification L2, 3 or 4 with an interest in the HR area
  • OR a number of years HR experience
  • Non-native English speakers require an IELT score of 6.0, 5.5 written.
This is an academic programme at undergraduate level and therefore students joining with limited academic qualification need to be prepared to develop academic skills, through engaging with the additional University support services beyond the classroom. Accredited Prior Learning (APL) is not available for a Certificate in Professional Studies. (Regulation 2.1.7)


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Work towards HR practitioner and HR manager roles. On successful completion of the Intermediate programme in Human Resource Management, you will become an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and can progress towards the CIPD approved Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

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Gain CIPD accreditation and network with fellow HR professionals

Benefit from our strong links with the CIPD, the leading organisation for Human Resource professionals and managers of people. Attend regular on-campus events held by the CIPD local branch and gain insight from intermediate and advanced practitioners alike.

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Broaden your learning opportunities

Study alongside students from different commercial backgrounds, sharing your ideas and experiences of unique organisational settings. Benefit from this broad HR community, which can add richness and breadth of perspective to your learning and your professional practise.

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Progress your career to the next level

After completing the Intermediate programme, advance your career with further study by progressing to the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management 

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