2023/24 entry

CPD People Management and Practice

CIPD - Intermediate Standards Level 5

Start dates


Course length

10 months

Course cost



Mt Pleasant campus

Faculty of Business and Law:

0151 231 8080


Course aim

The key aim of this programme is to encourage you to foster an ethos of continuing professional development throughout your career. This CPD course is aligned to the new CIPD professional map and is designed to give you the related knowledge and behaviours required to succeed in this fascinating career.

Completing the People Management and Practice CPD programme at Liverpool John Moores University will boost your human resources career progression. Furthermore, you will be eligible for Associate Membership of the CIPD.

Course content

This programme has been designed specifically for people who work full-time, with classes running on Wednesday evenings starting in September. You will also have the option to attend additional networking sessions with undergraduate and postgraduate MA Strategic People Management and Practice students.

The following modules make up the programme:

1. People Practice and Professional Behaviours

The module aims to provide an understanding of the core professional elements of human resources, including related knowledge and behaviours. The module provides a foundation of knowledge and skills in readiness for professional application. Workshops incorporate lectures, group discussions and practical formative assessment exercises.

3. Effective People Management at Work

The module aims to enhance the understanding of contemporary people practices to better support working lives ranging from creating a conducive inclusive working environment, developing talent, and understanding the factors that influence reward and its impact. It also examines role of supporting line managers to carry out people practices and explore contemporary human resource practices.


Benefits of the CPD programme

Human Resource and people management practitioners need to be business thinkers as well as leaders and be able to translate theoretical concepts into practical reality. Their ultimate goal is to boost the people capacity, thereby reducing staff turnover and increasing productivity. For this they need high levels of interpersonal skills, self-motivation, adaptability and persuasiveness. 

  • Approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) - Intermediate Standards Level 5
  • Classes delivered on Wednesday evenings to fit around your work schedule with online support available
  • Regular networking sessions with students on all HR management courses and at CIPD events
  • Supports Associate membership of CIPD
  • Ability to progress to the MA Strategic People Management and Practice upon successful completion

Teaching and learning

Classes are delivered on Wednesday evenings to fit around your work schedule with online support available.

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.


Teaching focuses on real people-management situations, presentations and case studies to enhance your practical as well as your academic skills. Private study is an important part of your learning and should account for approximately half of your weekly schedule.

Work-related Learning

This highly practical programme is an ideal opportunity to update your professional HR skills and knowledge, and build up a workplace portfolio that you can use to apply for CIPD Associate membership. This will significantly enhance your chances of promotion and future career prospects.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

  • BTECs

    • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
    • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

  • GCSEs and equivalents

    Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

    • Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
    • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
    • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
    • Higher Diploma in Maths/English
    • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
    • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
    • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

  • Alternative qualifications considered

    Applicants with Level 3 CIPD or relevant work experience will be considered.

Additional requirements

  • Interview required

    Interview not always necessary

How to apply

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU CPD application form. You will need to provide details of your qualifications and curent employment.

Applicants would normally have completed the CIPD Certificate in either Personnel or Training Practice and work in a HR related role. We will also consider applications from those with relevant work experience who can demonstrate their ability to cope on the programme.

When applying for this undergraduate level course please select Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in the study mode section.


We understand that each student performs differently depending on the way they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. These include:

  • a seen case study exam
  • class tests and quizzes
  • summaries of e-discussions
  • group and individual presentations
  • written work such as management reports
  • practical assessments
  • records of learning

Your tutors will aim to provide assessment feedback within three weeks, and will happily discuss it with you in class or one-to-one. This is particularly important as it gives you a chance to identify your strengths as well as the areas that may need further attention. We also offer study support classes to help you prepare for assessments.


CPD award

This course is approved by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and has been developed to reflect its Intermediate Standard Level. If you complete the programme successfully, you will become an Associate Member.

We have excellent links with the CIPD, both nationally and locally, which enable us to maintain our high standards of teaching, learning and assessment.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.

Further guidance on programme changes.