CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Human Resource Management (part-time) – April 2025

Funding information: Adult Learner Loans available, course costs apply.
Duration: 1 year part-time course, 6 hours of study each week between 3pm and 9pm on Mondays. Can be delivered remotely.
Attendance: Part-time Evening

Course Overview

The Diploma in People Management is designed to develop and naturally extend your knowledge and foster a deeper level of understanding and application of people management delivery. The course is designed to help you to become more confident in your practice and your own decision-making and help you to push forward in your career. We will support you to become an insight-led, business savvy, ethical and forward thinking people practitioner. The course is offered on a jump on jump off basis and is delivered in a blended approach which meets the needs of students that would like to study remotely opposed to coming on site.

At Chesterfield College we recognise the talent and experience that you already have and we believe that learning from each other’s experience is an important part of your learning journey. Whilst theory and case study is an important part of this course, we also embrace class discussions during which we consider together what the theory looks like in real life and how we can apply it in our own roles.

Whether talking and studying together over teams or in person at the college, our classes are always upbeat, interactive and fun. By sharing this journey with other like-minded people professionals you benefit from greater insight and a network of support from other students which often continues well after your study ends.

Lesson delivery will be mixed between onsite classes and online lectures (online only options may be available, please contact for information.

The start dates for this course are a guideline only. New students can enrol at the start of each module. Each module is approximately 4 – 6 weeks.

Course Content

  • Professional behaviours and valuing people
  • Organisational performance and culture in practice
  • Employee relations management
  • Employment law
  • Reward for performance and contribution
  • Talent management and workforce planning
  • Evidence based practice

Entry Requirements

This course is suited to individuals who are working in a people practice role and wish to contribute their knowledge and skills to help shape organisational value, or are working towards or working in a people manager role (including a line management role outside of HR).

Assessment Methods

  • Assignment Presentations


  • Career progression to HE business partner or management role
  • Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Strategic People Management or Strategic Learning and Development (available at the college)
  • Associate level membership with the CIPD