Human Resources Support | CIPD Apprenticeship Programme | Level 3

Course Type: Adult qualifications and professional Campus: Central Brighton Campus Start Date: May 2020 Duration: 2 Years Entry requirements: Pre-assessment telephone interviews will be held to ensure the right fit to the programme. Assessment: Written assignments (one per module) End point assessment conducted by CIPD Qualification: CIPD Certificate in Human Resources Practice Level 3

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Apprenticeship aims

This apprenticeship provides learners with an excellent foundation for a career in Human Resources. On successful completion of this course, students can go onto study the CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate/Diploma in Human Resource Management.

This course will support Apprentices to:

  • Gain an overview of the structure and responsibilities of the HR function
  • Understand the complexities that impact the operating performance of an organisation
  • Provide HR technical expertise and ability to advice and coach managers with people issues
  • Build effective working relationships, demonstrating flexibility and resilience
  • Deliver HR consultancy solutions and HR capability to address specific business needs
  • Learn principles of HR contribution to effective business projects and change programmes
  • Develop competence in understanding HR systems, tools, processes and managing HR information
  • Manage Personal Performance and Development


Who is it for?

The framework can be used for existing or new employees who are typically working in a medium to large organisation as part of the HR function or are a HR Manager in a small organisation. Apprentices are likely to be working in junior HR Coordinator/Administrator, HR Advisor/Generalist roles. They will be typically taking ownership for providing advice to managers on a wide range of HR issues, working on a range of HR processes, using HR systems to keep records; and working with the business on HR changes.

When will you study?

CIPD recommend between 18 months to 24 months for Apprentices to complete the programme depending upon a CIPD Centre provision, the level of support provided by the employer and the readiness of the Apprentice. This will allow for apprentices to attend weekly day release class-based lessons along with study-time to complete the written assignments. One is required per module which is one average every 6-8 weeks. This will require commitment from the Apprentice and Employer to ensure they can invest sufficient time to conduct their further reading, complete their assignments, tutor/peer observations and collate their portfolio of evidence to enable progression onto the End Point Assessment.

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Content overview

This apprenticeship programme offers Apprentices the opportunity to gain a Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Human Resource Practice qualification highly respected by employers and achieve a professional level of CIPD Associate membership (Assoc CIPD).

The majority of students work towards a promotion within their current organisation, advancing their career as a result of completing the Level 3 Foundation Certificate qualification. Some go onto complete CIPD Level 5 Intermediate Certificate/Diploma in Human Resource Management.  


  • Written assignments (one per module)
  • End Point Assessment conducted by CIPD: Consultative Project and Professional Discussion

Why the MET?

We are highly experienced at delivering apprenticeships throughout England, offering a blended learning approach incorporating classroom based, e-learning and workplace portfolio elements. Our CIPD tutors are qualified HR Practitioners with extensive experience across the globe and across a range of sectors.

In addition to our Tutors, we invite Guest Speakers from industry (HR Directors), CIPD Sussex Branch, Institute of Employment Studies and Employment Lawyers to share a range of HR Practitioner insights and experience as well as evidence based HRM research and expertise knowledge.

The College has a Learning Resource Centre which provides text books, journals and online cataloguing to support your studies. It also has study areas, computers to support written assessments. Learning Support is also available in addition to individual tutorials which can be organised via the Tutor. 

  • Additional Level 3 Foundation Certificate unit information

    The following bullets provide further information on the core modules that form part of the CIPD Level 3 Apprenticeship:

    • Developing professional practice

    Apprentices will develop an understanding of the key capabilities required by HR professionals working at mid-senior levels. They will self-assess against CIPD Professional Standards to create a development plan and obtain feedback on their progression. There will be a focus on developing the capability to adapt positively to changing business priorities and build resiliency when working under pressure and facing setbacks.

    • Understanding organisations and the role of HR

    This module enables Apprentices to understand the different types of business organisations and the business environment in which it operates and how HR activities support the business objectives.

    • Recording, analysing and using HR information

    Apprentices will develop competence in explaining how HR data should be recorded, managed and stored and how it can be used to inform decision making in the organisation.

    • Supporting good practice in managing employment relations

    Apprentices will gain an introduction to employment law within the context of employee relations and employee rights. It focuses on different aspects of HR activity, looking at good practice and legal requirements within each activity from recruitment to release.

    • Resourcing talent

    In this module, Apprentices will examine the factors which influence an organisation’s recruitment and selection policy, as well as develop their own practical skills in contributing to the recruitment and selection process.

    • Supporting good practice in performance and reward management

    Apprentices will explore the links between organisational success, performance management and motivation. It will also develop skills in conducting a performance review.

  • Additional modules
    • Skill-based workshops

    In addition to these modules, we will provide the following workshops and e-learning modules to build the following skill sets required for delivering the core capabilities required of an effective HR professional. 

    • Professional development workshops 

    Through a series of workshops, Apprentices will examine a range of self-development tools to develop their self-awareness skills and enable them to work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders within an organisation. They will focus on building flexibility, resilience and problem solving skills which are essential for operating effectively within constantly changing organisational environments. In addition, Apprentices will practice and gain feedback on their communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills.

    • HR operations workshop

    This workshop examines the role of service delivery within an HR functional environment. It will introduce the range of HR systems and processes required to effectively maintain HR records and prepare management information reports and practice analysis and interpretation skills. It explores how HR professionals can manage their time effectively without direct supervision to meet customer requirements and KPIs.

    • Prince 2 project management skills

    We recognise that project management skills are part of the critical skill set for HR Professionals and thus unique to our CIPD Apprenticeship Programmes, are providing Apprentices with the option to complete a Prince 2 Project Management qualification via distance learning.

What is involved with the End-Point Assessment?

Once the Apprentice has completed and passed each Certificate/Diploma module, successfully attended the skills-based workshops, completed their online learning and workplace evidence portfolio, they will progress onto the final End-Point Assessment stage. This is managed independently by CIPD who are the End-Point Assessment Organisation.

There are 2 elements to the End-Point Assessment:

  1. Consultative Project
  2. Professional Discussion

An experienced assessor will review and mark the project report, if the student has not met the required standard and fails the report, CIPD will provide an opportunity for the student to review and resubmit the report.

An experienced assessor will conduct the professional discussion via a video link (Skype or other available acct). CIPD do have assessors across the UK who can conduct face to face professional discussions. Where possible they will make the best use of technology and use virtual options. Through the Consultative Project and the Professional Discussion CIPD will assess the apprentice against the Knowledge Skills and Behaviours required for Level 5 Apprenticeship Standard.

What is required to ensure readiness to complete the End-Point Assessment?

  • The apprentice will receive personal coaching, support and guidance to ensure their readiness for End-Point Assessment by the college
  • They will be required to complete and manage a portfolio of evidence throughout the programme to enable their effective transition to the end-point assessment within the workplace
  • It is essential that the employer provides the necessary time, resources and support to enable their apprentice to successfully achieve this
  • CIPD will provide webinars specifically for apprentices including guidance on professional discussions and completing the consultative project report

Links with employers

The College is in a prime location with an abundance of local businesses across private, public, voluntary/not-for-profit and SME sectors where they rely heavily on the expertise of HR professionals. Many employers utilise the college to advertise HR roles to seek future talent. In addition, the College partners closely with local recruitment consultants who share their knowledge of the local and regional job market, enabling you to further enhance your employability and career as a HR professional. 

Links with employers

Costs not covered by the course fee

Apprentices are expected to be a CIPD member to study this qualification which will incur an additional fee. As part of this membership they will receive monthly People Management Magazine, gain access to a wealth of online study support, learning materials such as podcasts, videos, research reports, fact-sheets and become a member of the CIPD Sussex Branch which hosts a wide range of networking events across the region.

CIPD also advises apprentices to purchase up to three textbooks to support their learning on the programme. 

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Costs not covered by the course fee
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