CIPD Level 5 | Associate Diploma in People Management

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Course Type: Adult qualifications and professional Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in HR Practice or People Practice or equivalent Assessment: Written assignments Qualification: CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management Awarding Body: CIPD Fees (September 2023): £2995.00

Why this course?

Students studying CIPD Level 5 at evening class.

We want to give you the opportunity to build on your existing HR expertise, whether you are a recruitment specialist wanting to broaden your knowledge, an HR generalist looking to extend your specialist understanding, or an experienced practitioner intending to gain an Associate Diploma qualification.

The CIPD, Europe's largest human resources development body, sets the international standard for people professionals and its diploma is highly respected by employers. By completing this Level 5 qualification, you can become an Associate member of the CIPD. 

Here at Brighton MET we offer classroom-based study with like-minded professionals: a live ‘linked-in’ environment with all the benefits and support that being a college student entails. You will be taught by a lecturer who is also a current HR professional, providing expert insight and support. With access to our expert guest speakers in the area of study and opportunities to access and share our resources, our courses are game-changing for your career.

You will need to join the CIPD as a student member once the course commences.  

There are enormous opportunities in this growing sector. If you have the ambition, the determination and the will to succeed, we can teach you the rest.

If you have any queries regarding our CIPD courses, why not watch our recent webinar?


Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees
CM0112-1C 21 Sep 2023 Central Brighton Thursdays 5.30 - 8.30pm 36 weeks £2995.00 Apply

Entry requirements

  • CIPD membership (not included in course fees)
  • Level 3 Certificate in HR Practice or equivalent
  • Ideally working in a HR role l
  • Interview is required

Please contact if you would like to join a virtual Course Information Session on 31st Aug, 7th Sept or 14th Sept to book a place.

Entry requirements

Course units

CIPD qualifications have been designed to build capability by equipping learners with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to make an impact in the world of work.   Each CIPD qualification is mapped to an impact level in the CIPD Profession Map and leads to a grade of CIPD professional membership.

CIPD Profession Map:


This qualification will expand your existing knowledge of and experience in HR with a combination of core units and specialist areas – helping you focus on what matters most to you.   An Associate Diploma typically takes between 15  months to complete, depending on what time in the academic year you chose to start.

There are 7 units you are required to complete in order to achieve the Associate Diploma qualification.  These are made up of core, specialist and optional units as outlined below with guided learning hours assigned to each unit to give you a sense of the study commitment that is required.  These include the weekly live taught sessions along with online on demand course materials.   

Core Units:

  •  5CO01 Organisational Performance & Culture in Practice (30hrs)
  •  5CO02 Evidence Based Practice (25hrs)
  • 5CO03 Professional Behaviours & Valuing People (20hrs)

Specialist Units:

  • 5HR01 Employment Relationship Management (25hrs)
  • 5HR02 Talent Management & Workforce Planning (25hrs)
  • 5HR03 Reward for Performance & Contribution (25hrs)

Optional Unit:

  • 5SO01 Employment Law (25hrs)

Guest Speakers:

On both the Certificate & Diploma qualifications, we invite Guest Speakers from industry (HR Directors), CIPD Sussex Branch, Institute of Employment Studies and Employment Lawyers such as DMH Stallard, to share a range of HR Practitioner insights and experience as well as evidence based HRM research and expertise knowledge. 

Why the MET?

Our Tutors are HR qualified and highly experienced HR professionals who provide an engaging and stimulating learning experience, to enable you to leave with the confidence, knowledge and most importantly, experience to further progress your career in Human Resources in roles such as Senior HR Advisor HR Generalist, HR Manager, HR Business Partner, Talent Development, Talent Acquisition, Organisational Development.

We offer the perfect opportunity to focus on developing ‘You’ and your career.  Many of our students have either had their existing roles expanded, achieved promotions or moved on to advance their career to higher levels as a result of achieving the CIPD Level 5 qualification with us.

We pride ourselves on the support, coaching and enriching learning environment that our tutors create both from their own expertise and also through facilitating learner networking, buddying and sharing insights across industry sectors and size of organisations.

We also provide a blended learning approach which provides flexibility for learners.  This will involve weekly sessions either on site at our Brighton Campus for our face to face sessions or remote delivery sessions.  We expect full attendance on all of the weekly sessions and provide  recordings of our remote delivery sessions along with online 24/7 access to all course materials and lesson recordings/webinars via our digital platform: Google Classroom.


Once students have completed the Diploma qualification, they can progress onto the CIPD Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management.

Career development

After this course, our students tell us that they gain tremendous confidence through their development of breadth and depth of knowledge and notice a real change in performance and capability.  Many experience a move onto a new, more senior role or secure a promotion with your current organisation or an external one. 

Course fees

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Payment can be made in instalments. For further information on course fees and finance click here.

Students will need to fund their CIPD membership which is a key requirement for studying the course, as specified by the CIPD.
More information on this can be found at - student membership or by speaking with your tutor.

As part of this membership you 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 you to purchase up to three text books to support your learning on the course.

Course fees

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