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CPD Certificate Human Resource Management - CIPD Intermediate Level Standards

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Part-time tuition fee: £1,420

Course type

CPD Certificate

CPD Certificate

UCAS info

Points required: Maths and English GCSE at Grade C or Level 4 and above or eqivalent qualification.

UCAS code: Not applicable

Institute code: L51

Study mode

One Year Part Time

About your course

Completing the Human Resource Management CPD programme at Liverpool John Moores University will boost your HRM career progression. Furthermore, you will be eligible for Associate Membership of the CIPD.

  • 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 Human Resource Management upon successful completion

"I've worked in HR for ten years and wanted to gain a formal qualification in it, as well as gain CIPD membership at the same time. The course enabled me to apply the theory I learnt about into my day to day role. It's also provided great networking opportunities and I've gained insight into HR practice in other industries. The course structure and supportive staff have made study achievable for me as a mum who works full time. "

Natalie Parry, People Partner, Tesco

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.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.

The Liverpool Business School is a supportive environment in which to study and the 'student-centred approach' of your tutors will ensure that you are given the support and guidance you need. During your studies you will also have the continual support of a personal tutor who will meet with you one-to-one to discuss assessments, monitor progress and help you to formulate your career plans. We also provide study support classes should you need extra help with assessments.

Networking is an effective way to make new contacts and improve your career prospects, and so the HR team at LJMU is currently bringing together a community of undergraduate and postgraduate HR students and practitioners who can learn from and support each other. We run a series of events throughout the year and invite all our students, from first year undergraduates to doctoral students.

Course details

The CPD in Human Resource Management is an ideal starting point from which to launch your career or develop your current role as a HR professional.

Human Resource 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. 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.

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

The key aim of this programme is to encourage you to foster an ethos of continuing professional development throughout your career.

What you will study on this degree

Topics cover the full employee lifecycle


  • HR Behaviour and Functions
  • Organisational Behaviour and Employee Relations.

The topics covered include the full employee lifecycle ranging from recruitment, performance to exit. The programme aims to build on your current understanding of strategic and operational HR practices and develop your knowledge and skills making reference to academic literature as appropriate.

​To ensure this course maintains its high standards and relevancy it is currently undergoing a review, which may impact the advertised modules. Any changes will be communicated to interested parties to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources.

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.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support.

Your tutors have all worked as senior human resource practitioners and have an excellent record of developing HR professionals. They are active researchers who regularly present their findings at national and international conferences, so you can be confident that the curriculum is directly informed by the latest research and trends in HR.

The Human Research Management Teaching Team are:

  • Maureen Royce is the Programme Leader for the suite of HR Programmes and is Associate Dean (Education) for the Liverpool Business School, and a Chartered Companion of the CIPD
  • Joshi Jariwala is the Programme Manager for this CIPD Programme, and teaches across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
  • Jason Bogh is the Programme Manager for the BA (Hons) Human Resource Management programme, and teaches across levels 4, 5, and 6
  • Paul McEvoy Clarke is the Programme Manager for the MA Human Resource Management and top-up programmes, and the Liverpool Branch Chair of the CIPD
  • Dave Soehren is the Programme Manager for the Business and Human Resource part-time programme, and specialises in Digital and Business skills
  • Dr. Debbie Callaghan teaches across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, specialising in Managing and Developing Talent
  • Dr. Tricia Harrison specialises in Organisational Behaviour and Employability, teaching across levels 4 and 5
  • Dr. Maddy Petzer specialises in employment relations and legislation, and teaches across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
  • Helen Collins specialises in Organisational Development and Change Management, and teaches across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
  • Jane Eme Power is an experienced HR practitioner and consultant, and teaches across both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
  • Lynn Delaney is the CIPD Branch Chair for Merseyside and Cheshire, and teaches across levels 5 and 6
  • Helen Klepper is an experienced HR practitioner and consultant, and teaches across levels 4 and 6

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, usually a combination of exams and coursework.

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.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

Maths and English GCSE at Grade C or Level 4 and above or eqivalent qualification.

Application and selection

​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.

GCSE and equivalents

Maths and English GCSE at Grade C or Level 4 and above or eqivalent qualification.

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required:

BTEC qualifications

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

Alternative qualifications considered

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

Will I be interviewed?

Interview not always necessary


6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?


Is a DBS check required?


Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.


The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront when you enrol.

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at LJMU. Our programmes have no hidden costs and your tuition fee covers all expenses associated with your core module of study and the student networking sessions.

Please Note: The University reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify this information at any time.

Career prospects

Whatever your reasons for enrolling on this course, the skills in communication, self-motivation, adaptability and persuasiveness that you will acquire will open up a diverse range of careers or promotion opportunities in consultancy, general human resource or personnel management.

You may already be working in human resource management and want to update your skills and knowledge or perhaps you work in a different field, and would like a career change.

Other careers include training, learning and development, recruitment, talent and resourcing, online and phone-based HR support, equal opportunities and diversity, reward, pay and benefits, employment law advice, coaching and mentoring services, performance management, health, safety and well-being, welfare and employment policies, communication systems, information systems for HRM, and work psychology.

LJMU work very closely with the local CIPD branches providing a variety of networking opportunities with local CIPD professionals. These events cover current and emerging topics in Human Resource Management and are free to attend for all students.

As students of the programme you can access our careers service, which includes revising your CV and psychometric tests.

Human Resource Management academics and students run a Professional Networking Group provides another opportunity to network with local professionals through a range of media.  

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

Professional accreditation / links

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.

International study

Sorry, this course is not available to International Students.

The university reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the university operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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