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CIPD Level 5 Diploma in People Management

The CIPD Level 5 diploma is designed for those who already have some experience in human resources and wish to build a career in people management. During this course you will build a stronger understanding of how to manage and develop the people management function within your organisation. You will gain the skills needed to evaluate contemporary theories and models and apply them strategically to enhance the performance of any organisation you work for. You will have an understanding of the external environment in which your company is operating and how this compares to other sectors of the economy.

What does the CIPD Level 5 offer?

Our academic and practical experience in delivering the CIPD Level 5 diploma and modules, will provide you with a clear progression pathway within any people management role. The CIPD Level 5 qualifications are internationally recognised and equivalent to undergraduate degree level. Gaining a CIPD Level 5 Diploma in People Management means that you will be able upgrade to CIPD Associate Membership and use Assoc CIPD on your CV and Linkedin profile. 

The CIPD have launched their new 2021 qualifications. Find out about what has changed including how the new Diploma In People Management qualification compares to the previous CIPD Level 5 Diploma. Read: CIPD course levels 3, 5 & 7 explained.

Excellent place to study, well designed curriculum, great cohort of professional tutors and ongoing support from the administrative staff!


Martin Hayes Acacia CIPD Level 5 Student


The Diploma provides a comprehensive and modern overview of HR and people management.

  • Choose this to:

    Gain an in-depth understanding of all people management specialist areas. Perfect for those ambitious to move onto post-graduate Level 7.

  • Duration: 8 - 10 months

    Most part-time students complete a module every month.

  • Syllabus

    7 modules: 3 Core + 3 Specialist + 1 Optional

  • Accreditation

    CIPD Associate membership

  • Cost (inc vat)

    Live Online: £3,150

    Competency: £4,040

    Classroom: £4,040 10% off, now £3,636

  • Additional Costs

    CIPD membership must be taken to complete any of these courses and this is not included within our course fee.

Click to hear Dizzie Hill discuss her CIPD learning journey and explain the challenges of emigrating and switching career. 

Payment Options

You can pay for all of our CIPD courses monthly, interest-free. For more information, 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 on our blog.

New CIPD Qualifications 2021

The CIPD have launched their new 2021 qualifications. In this blog we explore the changes, CIPD levels and different routes through.

Choose the level that’s right for you

Book a call with one our friendly and knowledgeable course advisors. They will help you to find the right course based on your experience in HR and what you want to achieve from a CIPD course. They can offer advice and provide you with further information on study options, start dates and more.

HR Apprenticeships

The apprenticeship levy is an alternative way to fund your CIPD Level 5 HR qualifications. Contact us to find out how we can support you and your organisation with the HR Consultant Apprenticeship (Level 5).

CIPD Levels

Course Delivery and Assessment

Our flexible study options for CIPD Level 5 HR Qualifications include flexible evening and weekend, live online as well as London classroom sessions. 

Online Learning
Course Timetable
Assessment & Support
  • You can complete your CIPD Level 5 course remotely via our online sessions or through 1-2-1 portfolio building.
  • Our Live Online classes run once a month. They combine the convenience of remote learning, with the supportive structure and interaction of a classroom environment.
  • Experienced professionals can complete modules through our Competency route. This gives you 121 specialist tutor support. Your tutor 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.

Acacia is the most established London CIPD center. We offer loads of choice and fabulously flexible CIPD Level 5 London classes:

– Learn from expert lecturers who will support you to apply theories to your work context.
– Share your experience and questions with your peers across case studies and discussions.
– Mix and match classes to create your own timetable.
– Pick how and when you want to take each module.
– Choose whether to study during the week, week-day evenings or at weekends.
– 7 central London locations, including London Bridge, Holborn and Liverpool Street.

Find out more about our CIPD Level 5 London classroom courses.

Mix and match between our different delivery options, creating a personalised training programme. You can choose to study at one of our London centres, online, or 1-2-1 with a senior tutor. We have start dates every month so it’s never too soon to start working towards achieving your CIPD Level 5 Diploma.

Still undecided?  We offer free taster classes for our London workshops and live online classes. Simply contact us to book a CIPD taster session. Access careers and study advice from your tutor, and meet fellow students to help you get started.

You will have a fully CIPD approved tutor for each module who will provide unlimited support between classes and submitting your assignment. Our tutors teach modules which they specialise in, offering you the benefits of their experience. Tutors will share the resources you need before each class allowing you time to prepare. They will bring the subject to life, drawing on their own experiences and those within the group.

When you sign up to a CIPD Level 5 qualification you will receive an e-textbook and get access to our student hub. The hub contains a wealth of resources to widen your understanding and support you to successfully complete your assignments.

The CIPD Level 5 courses are broken down into modules. At the end of each module you will have a written assessment which is marked by your tutor. All assessments go through a rigorous internal and external verification processes. This ensures Acacia consistently meets the highest quality standards set by the CIPD.

Assessments will vary between each module but will always have a practical application. For example you may need to write a project plan or a briefing paper.

CIPD Level 5 Diploma Modules

Our highly flexible timetable and support means you can choose exactly how and when you want to study.

There are 7 modules at Level 5: 3 core, 3 specialist + pick 1 optional. Click on each one to find out what you will learn in each unit.

Core:Organisational performance & culture in practice

This unit examines the connections between organisational structure and the workplace in a business context. It also considers the factors and trends that may impact business strategy and workforce planning, whilst recognising the influence of culture, employee wellbeing and behaviour in delivering change and organisational performance.

Learning outcomes:

• Understand the connections between organisational structure, strategy and the business operating environment.

• Analyse external factors and trends and assess business priorities and issues including the scale of technology within organisations.

• Interpret theories and models of organisational and human behaviour and the drivers for change.

• Examine how to build diversity and inclusion that aims to promote a positive culture.

• Evaluate the relationship between the employee lifecycle and your work and how people practice connects and supports people and organisational strategies to ensure business goals are delivered in line with customer requirements.

Core:Evidence based practice

This unit will help you to understand the importance of capturing quantitative and qualitative evidence to gain insight and evaluate critical information. It focuses on analysing evidence to improve decision-making and learn how measuring the impact of people practice is essential in creating value.

Learning outcomes:

• Develop understanding of the concepts of evidence-based practice and the tools and methods that are applied to diagnose issues and opportunities.

• Explain the principles of critical thinking and assess how different ethical perspectives can influence decision making.

• Evaluate the benefits, risks and financial implications of solutions aimed at improving people practice issues.

• Measure the impact and value people practice contributions make to organisations through collation of key findings and scrutiny of key systems and data.

Core:Professional behaviours & valuing people

In this module you will learn how applying key professional behaviours including ethical practice, courage and inclusivity can build positive working relationships and support employee participation and well-being. It considers how developing and mastering new professional behaviours and practice can impact performance.

Learning outcomes:

• Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviours by appraising what it means to be a people professional, and how personal and ethical values can be applied, including contributing to discussions with confidence and conviction to influence others.

• Champion inclusive and collaborative strategies, arguing the human and business benefits of inclusive behaviours and the right to be fairly treated at work.

• Design and evaluate solutions aimed at building positive working relationships.

• Demonstrate personal commitment to learning, professional development and performance improvement by exploring how the role of a people professional is evolving.

• Assess your own strengths, weaknesses and development areas and formulate a range of CPD activities to support your learning journey.

Specialist:Employment relationship management

This module looks at the key practices and tools to manage and build employee relationships to create better working lives and leverage organisational performance.

Learning outcomes:

• Develop understanding of practices aimed at supporting better working lives, differentiating between employee involvement and participation as well as reviewing emerging developments to inform approaches to employee voice and engagement.

• Learn about conflict and misbehaviour, assessing emerging trends in conflict and industrial sanctions, third party conciliation, mediation, and arbitration.

• Learn about performance, disciplinary and grievance matters and explain the skills required for effective grievance and discipline handling procedures.

• Learn about the main provisions of collective employment law and the types of employee representation.

Specialist:Talent management & workforce planning

This module examines the impact of effective workforce planning; the value of diverse talent pools and how to contract and onboard the workforce. It also includes analysis of the potential cost to the organisation (if poorly managed) and the tools and interventions required to mitigate this risk.

• Extend your understanding of labour market trends and their significance for workforce planning.
• Explain how organisations position themselves and the impact of a changing labour market on resourcing decisions.
• Evaluate techniques to support workforce planning and explain approaches to succession and contingency planning, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of different methods of recruitment and selection aimed at building effective workforces.
• Examine turnover and retention trends and compare different approaches to developing and retaining talent looking at how organisations build talent pools.
• Learn about the importance of managing contractual arrangements and onboarding.

Specialist:Reward for performance & contribution

This module examines both internal and external business factors and how they influence reward strategies and policies, the financial drivers of the organisation and the impact of reward costs. It considers the importance of the role of people practice in supporting managers to make professional reward judgements and the impact of rewarding performance.

Learning outcomes

• How to evaluate the principles of reward and its importance to culture and performance management and how policies and practices are implemented.

• Explain how people and organisational performance impacts approaches to reward and the different types of benefits offered by organisations.

• Evaluate the most appropriate ways in which data can be gathered and measured and develop insight from benchmarking data.

• Develop reward packages and explain legislative requirements that impact reward practice.

• Review the role of people practice in supporting managers to make consistent and appropriate reward judgements aligned to agreed approaches.

Optional:Specialist employment law

The specialist employment law module looks at the key areas of employment legislation and its legal framework. It focuses on how people professionals are obliged to take account of legal requirements in different jurisdictions when carrying out the varied aspects of their role.

Learning outcomes

• Learn about the purpose of employment regulation and the way that it is enforced in practice.

• Evaluate the aims and objectives, the role played by the tribunal and courts in enforcing employment law and how cases are settled before and after legal procedures.

• Explain the main principles of discrimination law, how to manage recruitment and selection activities lawfully as well as learning about redundancy law and changes in contracts.

• Learn about managing issues relating to pay and working time in a lawful way and employment rights for flexible working.

Optional:People management in an international context

This module is designed to help People Management practitioners to understand people practice from an international perspective. It focuses on the challenges, considerations and importance of people practice in an international context. You will learn about the importance of people practice and the process and benefits of managing expatriates.

Learning outcomes

• Examine contextual factors in relation to managing people from an international perspective and assess the drivers and benefits of employment in an international context.

• Explain convergent and divergent approaches to policy and practice and learn about the factors relevant in selecting and resourcing, as well as the challenges and cultural differences to consider.

• Evaluate the reasons expatriates are used for international working and the formation of appropriate policies and processes for selecting, preparing and managing overseas repatriation.

Ten reasons to choose us

  • 96.4% Level 5 pass rate
  • More flexible study options than anyone else
  • Start dates every month, throughout the year
  • 24/7 access to specially designed online resources
  • Free official Level 5 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 5 intermediate Diploma in People Management qualification is ideal if you are:

  • Already working in a HR role (at a managerial level) or perhaps looking to step up the ladder for a new HR role which requires this level.
  • You may already have some HR experience however a recognised qualification will strengthen your professional capabilities and “best practice” in your place of work.
  • Already have a relevant degree and wish to take the next steps.

CIPD qualifications are the international gold standard in human resources. The skills you develop with us will open new career options and enhance your professional network. Jobs which would be suitable once you have completed your CIPD level 5 diploma include HR Business Partner or Manager, People Analyst, Employee Relations Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Specialist, Resourcing Business Partner, Reward and benefits Manager, Talent Manager roles.


The skills you develop with the CIPD Level 5 qualification will open new exciting career options for you!

HR Manager Average pay: £35,419
Top pay: £62,252

Your Tutors

I can’t recommend Acacia highly enough, the office staff and the tutors are fantastic. I received so much support and guidance throughout. I always struggled with studying and I had so much self doubt but with their help I actually finished and passed my level 5.


Sarah BartlettAcacia CIPD Level 5 Student

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