2022/23 entry

CPD Certificate Human Resource Management - CIPD Intermediate Level Standards

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Part time

Course Duration:

1 year

UCAS code:

Not applicable

Points required:

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


Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

To be confirmed:
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Business and Law:

0151 231 8080


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Why study Human Resource Management - CIPD Intermediate Level Standards at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • 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

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.

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.

"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

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.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students


The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)


  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.


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.

Applicant key information

Course review and revalidation.

This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.

Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.

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What you will study on this degree

Topics cover the full employee lifecycle

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

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

Level 5

Core modules

HR Behaviours and Functions
20 credits

The module will introduce you to professional HRM Practice and combine academic theory and practitioner skills to core concepts such as; HRM approaches, dimensions of HR strategy and HR policy. The module will be step one in providing the knowledge requirements of the CIPD Certificate Intermediate Standards equipping you with the academic content required to achieve Associate Membership CIPD.

Organisational Performance & Employee Relations
20 credits

The module will explore professional HRM Practice and combine academic theory and practitioner skills to core concepts such as; employee relations, disciplinary and grievance, reward, performance management and ethical HRM. The module will be the second step in the CPD Certificate in HRM programme and will provide the knowledge requirements of the CIPD Certificate Intermediate Standards equipping you with the academic content required to achieve Associate Membership CIPD.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

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.

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.


Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include 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.


What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, social spaces, a café and a roof terrace with far reaching views of the cityscape and welsh hills. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Entry requirements

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Minimum points required from qualifications: Maths and English GCSE at Grade C or Level 4 and above or eqivalent qualification.

GCSE 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

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

International entry requirements

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

Can this course be deferred?


Is a DBS check required?


Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

​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.

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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