Intermediate Human Resource Management (Certificate of Professional Studies)

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Oxstalls, Gloucester

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 upon successful completion of the course is available to students, enhancing future employability.

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 enhance your awareness. Directly aligned to the CIPD’s knowledge requirements, the course offers you the opportunity to build your network.

The course is set at undergraduate level and includes students from varying business backgrounds. You will develop your ability to evaluate the effectiveness of HR models and practices, whilst developing your understanding of wider business operations. You will develop personal planning skills and drawing upon both organisational and academic data, you will 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, our postgraduate students develop themselves professionally, build their connections and enhance their knowledge and skills on our range of flexible courses, many of which are accredited by industry bodies. Our lecturers are current and active business professionals, experts and researchers who apply real-world industry experience to their teaching.

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Study style

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 will participate in problem-based learning through case study, presentations where ‘students are experts’ and analysis of podcasts / videos, as examples. In addition, you will undertake your own reading and research to consolidate your formal learning.

The course is assessed by coursework, such as essays, presentations and portfolios.  

Students are allocated a dedicated Personal Tutor for academic and pastoral support throughout the course.

The course is a one year course and bridges the Foundation and Advanced levels of the CIPD qualifications. You will study one afternoon/evening a week.

Course modules

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

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)


Fees - 2020/21 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Certificate £2270
Non-EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Certificate £2270

Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.


Work towards HR practitioner and HR manager job roles.   On successful completion of the course, you will become eligible for Associate Member status of the CIPD. You may then progress to Advanced Level with the University, through our CIPD Approved Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

Meet the Lecturer

Discover more about your course by visiting the university to speak with one of our lecturers. Learn about the modules, teaching style and the modes of assessment by speaking to our experts, and get a feel for the facilities you'll be using. Visit our Meet the Lecturer page to find out more and book your place.

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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 (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.

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Broaden your learning opportunities

Study alongside students from different business 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 practice.

Expert staff

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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