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Intermediate Human Resource Management CPS [Level 5]

University of Gloucestershire

What is Intermediate Human Resource Management CPS [Level 5]?

Develop your skills and knowledge as a HR practitioner by achieving a CIPD-approved qualification to progress your career. Approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) at Intermediate Level, the course supports current and aspiring HR professionals. Associate Membership of CIPD is available when you successfully complete the course, enhancing your future employability.

The course is set at undergraduate level and includes students from varying business backgrounds. You’ll develop your ability to evaluate the effectiveness of HR models and practices, while also developing your understanding of wider business operations. You’ll develop personal planning skills too – drawing on both organisational and academic data to see how HR management and HR development make a contribution to business.

Based in our new, purpose-built Business School at our Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester, you’ll build connections and enhance your knowledge and skills. Our lecturers are current and active business professionals, experts and researchers who apply real-world industry experience to their teaching.

Study style

The course is a one year course and bridges the Foundation and Advanced levels of the CIPD qualifications. You’ll study one afternoon/evening a week. The course is assessed by coursework, such as essays, presentations and portfolios, and you’ll be supported by a Personal Tutor throughout the course.

Development of knowledge and skills – in both HR and academic study – is facilitated through shared learning in the classroom. So, in addition to tutor teaching, you’ll participate in problem-based learning through case study, presentations where ‘students are experts’ and analysis of podcasts/videos, as examples. You’ll also undertake your own reading and research to consolidate your formal learning.


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Entry requirements

    • To study on this course, you must have:

      • CIPD Foundation level, or general business qualification Level 2, 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 verbal, 5.5 written

      This is an academic programme at undergraduate level and therefore students joining with limited academic qualifications need to be prepared to develop those academic skills, through engaging with the taught programme and 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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Fees and costs

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Start date Location Course code Total Fee (UK) Total Fee (international)
Sep 2024 Oxstalls, Gloucester £2,700 £2,700
Sep 2025 Oxstalls, Gloucester TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • HR Practitioner
  • HR Manager

Industry links

One of three CIPD-approved courses in human resource management, you’ll study as part of a community of students with a rich mix of professional experiences, which will support your learning. Directly aligned to the CIPD’s knowledge requirements, the course offers you the opportunity to build your network.

When you successfully complete the course, you’ll become eligible for Associate Member status of the CIPD. You could then progress to Advanced Level with the university, through our CIPD Approved Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.



Gain CIPD accreditation and network with fellow HR professionals

Benefit from our strong links with the CIPD, the leading organisation for Human Resource (HR) 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.

Broaden your learning opportunities

Study alongside students from different business backgrounds, sharing your ideas and experiences of unique organisational settings. You’ll benefit from this broad HR community, adding richness and breadth of perspective to your learning and your professional practice.

Progress your career to the next level

After completing the Intermediate programme, you can further advance your career by progressing to the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

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