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CIPD Level 3 HR Course Overview

On successful completion of your CIPD Level 3 HR qualification you will be equipped with practical and theoretical skills across the core functions of human resources. These courses don’t assume any prior knowledge but will teach you valuable skills and will give you a practical overview of the range of responsibilities involved in a generalist human resource administrator or assistant role. You can choose to study individual modules as an Award, complete six modules for a Certificate or all eight to achieve the full Level 3 CIPD Foundation Diploma in Human Resource Practice.

What does the CIPD Level 3 offer?

The CIPD Level 3 Foundation HR qualifications are ideal if you are looking to gain a wide range of practical skills in human resources. These qualifications are equivalent to A-level and will provide you with an internationally recognised CIPD qualification as well as the knowledge needed to gain your CIPD Associate membership too.

Great learning experience with Acacia, thoroughly enjoyed the course and the flexible dates and locations was fantastic.


HeatherAcacia CIPD Level 3 Student


An award is an accredited qualification focusing on one specific HR topic, from a choice of eight.

  • Choose this if:

    you have a special interest in one topic, or are leading a specific project.

  • Duration: 2-6 weeks

    An average Award will take place over two days, one weekend or four evenings.

  • Syllabus

    1 module, 8 options

  • Accreditation

    Award certificate

  • Cost (inc vat)

    Module prices from £400 – £550




The Certificate provides the essential knowledge and skills to support progression in HR.

  • Choose this if:

    you want to cover the key aspects of HR, and are looking for the quickest route to achieving CIPD Associate Membership.

  • Duration: 6 - 8 months

    Complete a module every month, study part-time.

  • Syllabus

    6 modules

  • Accreditation

    CIPD Associate membership

  • Cost (inc vat)

    Classroom: £2,480 10% off, now £2,232
    Live Online £2,150


Most Comprehensive

The Diploma provides a comprehensive overview of the HR function.

  • Choose this if:

    you want to gain an in-depth understanding of all HR specialist areas, and are willing to invest a little more. Perfect for those ambitious to move to level 5.

  • Duration: 8 - 10 months

    Most students complete a module every month. Study part-time.

  • Syllabus

    8 modules

  • Accreditation

    CIPD Associate membership

  • Cost (inc vat)

    Classroom: £3,120 10% off, now £2,808
    Live Online: £2,650

Pay monthly, interest free…

For more information on how you can pay monthly, interest-free view our payment plans.

CIPD membership must be taken to complete any of these courses and this is not included within our course fee. You can find out more about CIPD membership through their website.

CIPD Apprenticeships

HR Support Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Limited offer: check if you qualify for a CIPD Bursary

Choose the level that’s right for you!

Book a call with one of our CIPD training course advisers. They will run through your specific requirements, offer you advice and provide you with further information on our study options, start dates and more. They have completed CIPD courses with us, so can give you a real insight into the qualifications and studying again.

You can also find out more with our blog, CIPD Levels 3, 5 & 7 Explained.

Course Delivery and Assessment

Our classes are designed to give you both the support and flexibility you need to succeed in balancing study and work. 

London classes
Online Learning
Course Timetable
Assessment & Support

All our Level 3 CIPD Foundation courses are delivered in central London as face-to-face workshops by our fantastic, CIPD approved, teaching team. Our classroom led courses are extremely flexible and can fit around your busy schedule. Choose from:

  • Workshops in London Bridge, Holborn or Liverpool Street
  • 6-9pm evening classes once a week
  • Two days a month (Thursday or Friday)
  • One weekend a month.

Find out more about our CIPD Level 3 London workshops.

Our unique live online classes offer all of the benefits of classroom learning but with the accessibility of an online platform. Small groups and expert facilitators provide the perfect environment to build understanding and apply learning.

For more experienced HR professionals, you can complete modules through our CIPD Competency route; this gives you 121 specialist tutor support that will guide you to build a portfolio of evidence in place of classroom learning. Sessions are arranged at times to suit you directly with the tutor using Skype.

You can mix and match between our different delivery options, creating a personalised training programme. Modules can be taken in any order so there are start points every month.

If you are still undecided we also offer free taster classes for our CIPD London workshops. You can book to attend a session where you will get access to careers and study advice from your tutor, as well as meet fellow students to help you get started.

There is a written assessment at the end of each module which will be marked by your tutor. Some modules also have practical assessments to develop core HR skills including interviewing, appraisals, coaching and mentoring.

When you first start the course we will e-mail you an e-textbook and provide you with access to our student hub. The student hub has a detailed resources for each module as well as a copy of the assignment. Before each class your tutor will e-mail you all the resources you need and during classes you will work through each of the learning outcomes. With your peers you will see how they apply within a HR role as well as what is expected within the assessment. Your tutor will then be available as much as you need whilst you’re writing your assignment. 


The Modules

Our flexible approach to breaking down the course into modules means you can choose from an individual CIPD Accredited Award to a full Diploma. All prices are inclusive of VAT.

Developing Yourself as an Effective HR Practitioner

This module is designed to support you in providing an effective and professional service as a Human Resources practitioner. You will gain an understanding of the skills, knowledge and behaviours required across the HR function and how they sit together. As part of this module you will develop your own Continuous Professional Development (CPD) log and gain the skills needed to be a reflective HR practitioner.

Delivery: 2 evenings or 1 day
Assessment: written report, professional development plan and ongoing reflection
Award price: £500

Understanding Organisations and the Role of Human Resources

Within this module you will develop a deeper understanding of organisational context and the impact Human Resources strategy can have. You will explore the goals, products, services, customers, culture, structure and external environment in which your organisation operates.

Delivery: 3 evenings or 1 day
Assessment: written briefing note
Award price: £500

Recording, Analysing and Using Human Resources Information

Human Resources professionals need to be able to identify data and manipulate it to support practice. This module will support you to confidently analyse and present data as well as guide you on how to store and manage data lawfully.

Delivery: 1 evening or ½ a day
Assessment: written report and briefing note
Award price: £400

Resourcing Talent

As a Human Resources professional, you will need to understand the benefits of an effective and diverse workforce. This module focussed on how to use recruitment and selection policy and methods, from shortlisting right through to induction, to ensure you can support the processes within your organisation.

Delivery: 4 evenings or 2 days
Assessment: written report, observation record and supporting evidence
Award price: £550

Supporting Good Practice in Managing Employment Relations

Within this module you will be introduced to employment law and the factors which impact on employment relationships. You will build an understanding the internal and external factors which impact on employee status, individual rights and termination of contracts.

Delivery: 4 evenings or 2 days
Assessment: written guidance leaflet
Award price: £550

Supporting Good Practice in Performance and Reward Management

Within this module and assignment, you will demonstrate an understanding of the purpose of performance management, its relationship to business objectives, the link to motivation and reward and best practice in documentation and appraisals.

Delivery: 4 evenings or 2 days
Assessment: written report, practical activity, reflection and supporting evidence
Award price: £550

Supporting Change within Organisations

At the end of this module you will be equipped with the skills to understand the internal and external reasons for change within an organisation. You will explore the role of Human Resources in effectively supporting individuals through change and the key factors involved in the change process.

Delivery: 2 evenings or 1 day
Assessment: written report
Award price: £400

Supporting Individual Learning Through Coaching and Mentoring

You will explore and use coaching and mentoring models and techniques within this module. You will explain the concept of coaching and mentoring, how they differ, explore the benefits of each, be able to use both within your role to support individuals and know how to record discussions.

Delivery: 4 evenings or 2 days
Assessment: written briefing note and observation record
Award price: £550

Ten reasons to choose us

  • 92% pass rate
  • More flexible study options than anyone else
  • Start dates each month throughout the year
  • 24/7 access to specially designed online resources
  • Free official Level 3 CIPD textbook
  • A welcoming community of experienced tutors, as well as Acacia’s friendly support team
  • Plentiful opportunities to meet like-minded professionals and create lifelong connections
  • Celebratory Graduation events and our annual Awards night
  • Interest-free monthly payment options
  • Highly competitive prices without compromising on quality

Career Options

The CIPD Level 3 Foundation qualifications in HR practice are ideal if you are:

  • Embarking on a career in human resources.
  • In a HR support role and wish to develop your skills and knowledge.
  • A manager or team leader with responsibility for the performance and development of staff.

CIPD qualifications are the gold standard in human resources. The skills you develop with us will open new career options. Jobs which would be suitable once you have completed your CIPD Level 3 qualifications include HR Assistant, Coordinator or Administrator roles.

Our CIPD Level 3 London classroom study options are the perfect way to build your network and forge a career in the People Profession. 


The skills you develop with the CIPD Level 3 qualification will open new exciting career options for you!

HR Assistant Average pay: £20,176

Top pay: £29,148

Your Tutors

I would highly recommend Acacia Learning! The tutors and team are very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, the courses are run via a number of different pathways so offer flexibility for those who are working full-time and the courses are all recognised through the CIPD!


Becky SparksAcacia CIPD Level 3 Graduate

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