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CIPD Level 5 HR Course Overview

The CIPD Level 5 qualifications are designed for those who already have some experience in HR and wish to build a career in HR management. During the programme you will build a stronger understanding of how to manage the HR function within your organisation. You will gain the skills needed to evaluate HR theories and models and apply them strategically to enhance the performance of your organisation. 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 HR qualification, will provide you with a clear progression pathway within any HR management role. The CIPD Level 5 qualifications are internationally recognised and equivalent to undergraduate degree level. Gaining a CIPD Level 5 Certificate or Diploma means that you will be able upgrade to CIPD Associate Membership and use Assoc CIPD after your name. 

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


An Award is an accredited qualification focusing on one specific HR management topic, from a choice of ten.

  • Choose this if:

    you have a special interest in one topic, or who are leading a specific project e.g. employee engagement programmes.

  • Duration: 6 weeks

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

  • Syllabus

    1 module, 10 options

  • Accreditation

    Award certificate

  • Cost (inc vat)

    Module prices from £480 – £780


Most Popular

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


Most Comprehensive

The Diploma provides a comprehensive overview of HR management.

Pay monthly, interest free…

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 through their website.

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).

Choose the level that’s right for you

Book a free telephone consultation 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.

You can also read our blogs:

CIPD levels 3, 5 and 7 explained

What are CIPD Level 5 qualifications in HR Management?

Course Delivery and Assessment

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

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  • You can complete your CIPD Level 5 course remotely in three different ways; live-online, fast-track and 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, 1-2-1 with a senior tutor or fast-track. 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 HR Modules

Our flexible approach to breaking down the course into modules means you can choose from an individual Award to a full Diploma package.

All prices are inclusive of VAT.

Developing Professional Practice (Core)

Develop a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by Human Resources professionals. Whether you are in a generalist or specialist role, and as described in the CIPD Profession Map. The module covers the personal competencies required by employers for HR professionals. This includes collaborating and working with others, and functioning efficiently and effectively within a professional environment. You will also gain the skills needed for ethical, people-focused and professional practice.

Delivery: 2 evenings or 1 day
Assessment: written report, professional development plan and ongoing reflection
Award price: £480

Business Issues and the Contexts of Human Resources (Core)

As a HR professional you need to be able to understand key developments in the business and external contexts within which HR operates. It will help you to identify and review the business and external factors affecting organisations and to assess the impacts on the HR function. It also examines HR’s role in strategy formulation and implementation. The course is designed to encourage you to provide workable organisational and HR solutions.

Delivery: 3 evenings or 1.5 days
Assessment: written report
Award price: £780

Using Information in Human Resources (Core)

As a HR professional you will need to be able to present a realistic case for improvement. Based on sound work-based research and an understanding of what is considered good practice. This core module focuses on developing research skills to help learners to identify data sources, analyse data and to evaluate and present a business case for improvement.

Delivery: 2 evenings or 1 day
Assessment: written report
Award price: £480

Managing and Coordinating the Human Resources Function (Core)

This course introduces you to human resources activity and to the role of the HR function in different organisations. It focuses on delivering HR objectives and building stakeholder relationships. It also covers the case for professionalism and an ethical approach to HR, as well as the role played by HR managers in facilitating and promoting effective change management.

Delivery: 4 evenings or 2 days
Assessment: written report
Award price: £780

Resourcing and Talent Planning

This module will give you the key operational tools, techniques and practices to support an organisation to use their resources effectively. You will build an understanding of labour market trends, talent planning, employee retention and employee exit processes. The course will provide an overview of the way different organisations are managing these activities and which are the most effective in the context of diverse and distributed locations.

Delivery: 4 evenings or 2 days
Assessment: written report
Award price: £780

Reward Management

Develop a broad understanding of how the business context drives reward strategies and policies. Including labour market, industrial and sector trends, regional differences and trends in pay and international comparisons. The financial drivers of the organisation, and the impact of reward costs.

You will be required to gather and evaluate intelligence on a wide range of reward data and show how this impacts upon business decisions. You will acquire knowledge of the principles and policies of reward and learn how to implement them in practice.

Delivery: 3 evenings or 1.5 days
Assessment: written report
Award price: £780

Implementing Coaching and Mentoring

This module provides a comprehensive understanding of theory and applying coaching and mentoring in organisations for a range of stakeholders. You will learn how to assess the benefits of implementing coaching and mentoring in organisations and make recommendations.

Delivery: 3 evenings or 1.5 days
Assessment: written report
Award price: £720

Employee Engagement

This module provides a broad understanding of the concept of employee engagement and how to apply this in different contexts. It covers the components of employee engagement and the processes through which high levels of engagement can be secured and sustained within an organisation. You will explore the impact of comprehensively applying human resources policies, strategies and practices on engagement.

Delivery: 3 evenings or 1.5 days
Assessment: written report
Award price: £780

Employment Law

This module introduces the major areas of employment legislation and the employment law system. Focusing on ways in which day-to-day HR activities are subjected to some form of regulation. By the end of this module you will understand employment law, the tribunal/courts system, how it is managed and the employee journey.

Delivery: 5 evenings or 2 days
Assessment: written report
Award price: £780

Developing and Using Consultancy Skills

Within this module you will develop your understanding of how to operate as a consultant, different consultancy roles and the key stages in the consulting process. You will explore the range of skills and techniques required to be effective in a HR consulting role for each stage of the process. This includes, working with clients to address a business need, agreeing a solution through to evaluation and closure. At the end of the module, you should be more confident in providing customised HR solutions to meet the needs of different clients. The skills needed to negotiate deliverables as a consultant will also be addressed.

Delivery: 2 evenings or 1 day
Assessment: written report and costed plan
Award price: £720

Ten reasons to choose us

  • 96.4% Level 5 pass rate
  • More flexible study options than anyone else
  • Several start dates each 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 HR qualifications are 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 HR qualifications include HR Manager, HR Consultant, HR Business Partner, and Organisational Development 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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