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CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice

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The CIPD Level 3 Certificate in People Practice is a Foundation-level, professional qualification based on the CIPD Profession Map. The primary purpose of this qualification is to develop learners’ knowledge and skills to build their expertise, inspiring them to undertake tactical tasks that deliver value. Learners will build their confidence and knowledge aimed at being able to contribute to immediate colleagues, customers and the organisation; supporting change and driving impact, to create immediate and short-term value. They will gather information to use in their role and use this to understand their work, organisation and profession more deeply.

This foundation level qualification is ideal for individuals who: Are aspiring to, or embarking on, a career in HR Are working in the field of HR in a support role and wish to develop their knowledge and skills Have responsibility for HR activities and decisions within an organisation without a specialist function

Business, culture and change in context: This unit considers the impact of external influences and how the digital and commercial environment shapes businesses and the culture within which they operate. It considers the importance of people’s behaviour on organisational culture and its ability to manage change effectively. Principles of analytics: This unit looks at how people professionals make both straightforward and complex choices as they carry out their roles. It focuses on how utilising a diverse range of analytics and evidence is essential to the rationalisation and enhancement of working practices and situational decisionmaking to create value. Core behaviours for people professionals: This unit introduces the core behaviours for people professionals, focusing on ethical practice to create value. It considers how certain ways of thinking and acting should be universally consistent, even in new and challenging situations, to promote a sense of well-being and inclusivity in the organisation. Essentials of people practice: This unit introduces the fundamentals of people practice, ranging from the employee lifecycle to policies, regulation and law. It further explores a diverse array of specialist subjects such as recruitment, talent management, reward and learning and development, essential to a career in people practice. Importantly, this unit enables practitioners to apply their knowledge and skills, building their confidence and ability to practise progressively.


This qualification is designed for learners aged 16+ who want to learn about people practice. Entry is subject to interview. You must hold: 4 GCSEs, grades A-C, to include English and Maths * Where candidates do not have GCSE English/ Maths, they can enrol on Essential Skills Literacy/ Numeracy at SWC Desirable Criteria – experience working HR.

The CIPD will set assignments for all core units. All assessments for this qualification are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes. Assessment for the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice is employer-driven and aimed at real scenarios that learners may encounter in their future career.

Successful achievement of the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice will allow progression onto the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management or the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development.

Students are required to complete student membership with CIPD if not already a member. These fees are paid directly to CIPD see For further details on fees.

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