Certificate in Professional Studies CIPD Level 5 Certificate in Human Resource Management

Learn from experts, solve real HR challenges and take the next steps in your career with our professionally-focused course, accredited by the CIPD.

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Overview

Whether you currently work in human resources (HR) or are looking to move into the profession, this course will provide you with an excellent foundation in HR knowledge and skills. 

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). After completing the course you’ll qualify for the CIPD Intermediate Certificate in Human Resource Management (HRM). You’ll also gain automatic associate membership of the CIPD.

Adding value

While developing your own skills is important, this course also focuses on how HR can add value to organisations. 

You’ll look at real examples of positive HRM. Your lecturers have extensive experience of working in HR, and many are active researchers in this field. They’ll bring this expertise into your sessions and share examples from their own careers.

Flexible study

This is a part-time course that’s designed to fit in around your existing commitments.

We’ll encourage you to use the assignments as an opportunity to tackle HR issues that your employer is facing. This is an excellent way to put your studies into the context of a real business.

Features and Benefits

  • Accredited by the CIPD – automatically become a CIPD associate member when you successfully complete the course.
  • A city of opportunities – Manchester is a thriving economic hub. You’ll study surrounded by organisations large and small, with plenty of employment opportunities.
  • Taught by HRM experts – you’ll learn from lecturers who specialise in various disciplines within HRM and have extensive experience working in the profession.
  • Outstanding reputation – our Business School has excellent links to local businesses and is renowned for its excellence in teaching HRM to CIPD standards.
  • Solve real HR issues – use your assignments to tackle issues in your own workplace to add value to your organisation.
  • Latest research – the Decent Work and Productivity research centre is at the cutting-edge of HR. This research feeds directly into your studies.
  • Further study – progress to our Postgraduate Diploma in HRM. This course offers full exemption from the CIPD Advanced Diploma, setting you on the route to becoming a CIPD chartered member.
  • Career progression – developing up-to-date knowledge of HR practice can lead to more senior roles, either at your current organisation or with a new employer.
"I wouldn’t have been able to make the connections or secure my new job without the help of the university." Joe Dryden, HRM Student.

Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements

"At the Business School we bring in, not only our academic expertise and our collaboration with employers from local and global networks, but we also bring research into that, with our world class academics."

Dr Fiona Creaby, Senior Lecturer.

Career Prospects

This course is a stepping stone to more senior roles within HR. It’s also the ideal way to transition into a career in HR if you don’t already work in this area. Or, if you run your own business, the knowledge you gain from this course can be invaluable in helping you grow your company.
 
Having a university qualification and your CIPD Intermediate Certificate in HRM will help you stand out in a competitive jobs market.
 
Your in-depth knowledge could also allow you to progress in your existing organisation. Using assignments to solve real HR issues will show your employer the value of your skills.
 
With further study, you can become a CIPD-qualified HR practitioner. This course prepares you for a Postgraduate Diploma or a full Master’s in HRM. You’ll have the knowledge you need for these courses, as well as the research and study skills to help you succeed.

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Entry requirements

The Standard Entry requirements for the Certificate in Professional Studies (HRM) are GCSE Maths and English (C) or equivalent, plus at least 2 years' relevant work experience. This programme is open to candidates who do not hold a degree but can demonstrate appropriate experience, either as an existing HR practitioner, as a manager wanting to specialise in HRM or prior learning through business-related experience of managing and supervising people at work. Candidates will be required to set out their learning through prior experience in their application submitting evidence such as CV, job description and references. Candidates who do not meet our standard qualification and work experience entry requirements will be considered if they can demonstrate prior learning from other forms of experience. 

Our detailed requirements are set out below:

Qualifications

Standard Entry: GCSE Maths and English (C) or equivalent;

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Work Experience

This programme is open to candidates with experience, either as an existing HR practitioner, as a manager wanting to specialise in HRM or to individuals who can demonstrate appropriate prior learning through business-related experience of managing and supervising people at work. Candidates will be required to set out their learning through prior experience in their application, submitting evidence such as CV, job description and through references.

Candidates who do not meet our standard qualification and work experience entry requirements will be considered under MMU’s widening participation strategy if they can demonstrate  prior learning from other forms of experience such as:

 

MEET THE EXPERTS

“The teaching approach at Manchester Metropolitan University is a very connected approach and we work with a range of employers across public and private sector, right up to global corporations…”
 
Listen to what Dr Fiona Creaby, Senior Lecturer, has to say about studying at Manchester Metropolitan University…

Course details

This professional certificate course offers a step up in the HR world, with a good foundation of skills and understanding that’s ideal if you’re in already in HR and aiming higher, or if you’re interested in making a move into the profession.

Designed to fit into the busy life of professionals, it’s not flexible enough to fit around your work commitments, but even makes the most of your real-world business issues to give you the most relevant learning possible. With us, you’ll learn from leading HR professionals ready to share their experiences and insights, not to mention the academic researchers at the forefront of world-class work exploring HR, work productivity and more.

We work closely with the CIPD, both to ensure that all our HR Management courses meet their rigorous standards, and to give our graduates access to all the benefits that membership brings. So, along with our certificate in professional studies, you’ll earn a CIPD Intermediate Certificate in HR Management on this course – a career-boosting addition to your CV.

You’ll study just two units in this course. The first, HR Policy and Practice, covers a wide range of topics in the field, with real-world case-studies highlighting the fundamental impact effective HR Management can make for any business. It’s a theme that also runs through the second unit, The Effective HR Practitioner, as you research a workplace issue – ideally, from your own organisation – bringing your skills to bear in a practical context.

Core units:

  • HR Policy and Practice
  • The Effective HR Practitioner

Department of People and Performance

Our People and Performance Department brings together industry leading professionals and academics with specialisms in strategy, innovation, enterprise, human resource management, entrepreneurship and sports management.

The department provides academic leadership for a broad undergraduate and postgraduate portfolio, providing real-life business expertise underpinned by cutting-edge business management theory.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £2,495 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £4,669 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Loans of up to £10,280 for many Postgraduate Courses

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

You can apply for part-time taught courses by completing the Postgraduate Application Form. There are exceptions for some professional courses - the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Next stages of your application

We will contact you to let you know the outcome of your application. You may be invited for interview or asked to provide further information in support of your application

Some offers may be conditional upon achieving certain grades in your examinations, or successfully completing a particular programme, and you must satisfy these conditions before we can confirm your place.

Please note, to apply for this course, you only need to submit one reference. While the application form does ask for two, providing one reference (preferably from an academic institution or an employer), will allow your application to be processed.

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