Human Resource Management CIPD Intermediate Level Standards CPD Certificate

Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management CIPD Intermediate Level Standards CPD Certificate

Level 5, 120 Credits

Course aim

Human resource officers need to be business thinkers as well as leaders and 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.

The key aim of this programme is to encourage you to foster an ethos of continuing professional development in your work and throughout your career. Key features of the management course include:

  • approval by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) – Intermediate Standards Level 5
  • regular networking sessions with students on undergraduate and postgraduate HRM courses at LJMU
  • support for Associate Membership of CIPD
  • credits given towards the BA (Hons) Human Resource Management or access to MA Human Resource Management programmes
Course length

This is a part time course, which runs for one year. Classes are delivered on Thursday evenings to fit around your work schedule with online tutorials on Mondays.


Weekly attendance is supplemented with four study days – 9.30am-4.30pm in mid-September, mid-October and early March.

Course content

You will also have the option to attend additional networking sessions with undergraduate and postgraduate HRM students, subject to agreement from your employer.

Teaching and learning  

Teaching focuses on real people-management situations, with mock interviews, 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

Your tutors have all worked as human resource managers and have an excellent record of training 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.

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

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.

Our HR staff know what it’s like to study part-time while holding down a full-time job and so they have designed the course specifically to fit into your busy lifestyle. They will communicate with you via email surgeries and Blackboard, and encourage you to use off-campus library and e-resources, for which training is provided in the induction and the first few weeks of the programme. 

Student feedback

''I thoroughly enjoyed studying for my CIPD Level 5 qualification at LJMU. It provided the flexibility to allow me to balance study, work and family life and an opportunity to gain an insight into how HR works in other organisations/different sectors. Through class discussion and study groups I had the opportunity to explore different HR approaches, increasing my skills and expertise; enabling me to confidently perform an efficient HR generalist role within my organisation and ultimately contribute to the delivery of organisational goals''.

– Rita Burke (Associate CIPD), HR Manager, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation


We understand that each student performs differently depending on the way they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods for the Human Resources Management Certificate. 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 such as mock interviews
  • 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

Applicants are normally expected to 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 with the demands of the programme.

How to apply

Please apply using the postgraduate online application form.

Further information

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

Telephone: 0151 231 5175

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