CIPD Level 3 Diploma

Course code: MOL001

If you’re looking to get to grips with the basics of HR and perhaps want to choose HR as a career path, our CIPD Level 3 Foundation Diploma is a step in the right direction.

Alternatively, this course is perfect for professionals looking to expand on their knowledge of HR basic practices.

  • Fully recognised Level 3 Diploma.
  • For students who are new to the HR profession.
  • Gain HR expertise and fantastic career development opportunities.
  • Solid knowledge in foundation of practical HR.
  • Learn skills in recruitment, analysing HR information and performance management.
  • Choice of online seminars or workshops for learning.
  • Qualified professional recognition.
This course is only available to study online.
Course overview

This course enables students to learn crucial HR skills including recruitment, analysing HR information and performance management.

Gain expertise in the foundation of practical HR and learn how to apply these skills to the workplace setting.

Course Duration

Up to 10 months.

Course Outcome

You will receive your CIPD Level 3 Diploma in HR.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


A written assignment for each unit, submitted to your tutor.

Course content
  • Introduction to the role of human resources
  • Learning and development of HR within an organisation and the environmental context
  • How HR activities support an organisation's strategy
  • How achievement of business objectives are shaped by internal and external factors
  • Understanding how the contribution of accurate data can make HR or learning and development function
  • Data management for HR planning; recruitment and selection; performance and reward management; absence management; disciplinary and grievance procedures; and electronic record management for learning and development
  • Legal implications of collecting, storing and using personnel data
  • Record data and information to interpret, analyse and present clear information
  • Format data in support of decision making to meet organisation objectives
  • Use data to support learning and development solutions for individuals and groups within organisation
  • Knowledge, skills and behaviours required of a professional practitioner
  • Personal development plan
  • Self assessment of learning and development needs that meets personal and professional requirements
  • Introduction to resourcing and talent planning process
  • Factors that impact on organisation’s resourcing and talent planning activities
  • Relationship between recruitment and selection – identifying key stages in each separate process
  • Attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and the benefits
  • Knowledge and skills in job advertisement process, including defining and writing job descriptions; shortlisting; face to face or telephone interviews; and contributing to job offers and rejection letters
  • Legislation in recruitment and selection
  • Employee induction and retention
  • Importance of collaborative working with stakeholders
  • Effective management of employment relationship
  • Employment law in context of employee relations
  • Key parties involved in employment relationship
  • Good practice and legal requirements of aspects of HR activity
  • Basic understanding of employment law
  • Purpose and processes of performance and reward management
  • Role of HR in promoting and supporting good practice
  • How motivational theories and associated tools can be used in performance and reward management
  • How theories and tools can have a positive impact on organisation objectives
  • Good practice of performance management reviews and follow up data management
  • Financial and non-financial benefits
  • Important factors of reward decisions
  • First line support of performance and reward management to managers and employees
  • Skills required to provide basic coaching and mentoring support to line managers to train and mentor team members
  • Nature, purpose and practice of coaching and mentoring
  • Benefits gained by both parties
  • Models and techniques of coaching and mentoring
  • Understand the extent to which coaching and mentoring activity should be recorded
  • Explore formats for recording activity
  • Consider factors in change process
  • Understand why organisations need to change in relation to internal and external factors
  • Managing change and change concepts
  • Understand how people respond to change and the variable behaviours
  • Implications for human resources function
  • Understanding change process and enhance ability to support organisation and employees
Extra info


You will be assessed on all 8 units of the course and will need to complete a written assignment for each unit. This will be submitted to your tutor.

Course duration

You will have between 9-10 months to complete this course. Each unit takes 5 weeks to complete. You will be provided with a timetable at the start of your course with dates when each unit is running between.

Study method

You will have the option to take the live online or blended study option. The blended study involves both online and classroom study.
Classroom study locations are in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol and Glasgow.

The course runs at various times of the year. You will be given a timetable at the beginning of your course. This maps out when each unit is running. Each unit will take 5 weeks to complete.

We recommend that all students attend at least a minimum of 2 face to face workshops throughout their course.

You will also be given specialist tutor support through email, interactive webinars and forums via a virtual learning environment.

Course outcomes

Successful students will gain their CIPD Level 3 Diploma in HR. Students may also go on to apply for the following job roles: HR Assistant, HR Coordinator, HR Administrator and Trainer.

  • Specialist tutor support over email, interactive webinars and forums via virtual learning environment
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • Free XO Student Discounts card

There are no previous skills or requirements needed for this course. It’s ideal for beginners and students with less than 6 months experience within a HR setting. The course allows students to grasp a solid foundation knowledge needed for human resources.

There are no formal exams for this course. You will be assessed by submitting assignments to your tutor.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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