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CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    January 2022

  • Venue
    Norfolk House, Exchange Street

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • January 2022, Part Time


The CIPD Foundation Level 3 Certificate in People Practice qualification is designed to support your career development in Human Resources (HR).

CIPD Foundation Level qualifications are suitable for those who are looking to gain the essential knowledge and skills required to move into human resources, working in a human resources or learning and development support role but who do not hold a formal human resources qualification. It is also suitable for line managers with responsibility for people management and development or looking to become a professional member of the CIPD as an Associate member.
CIPD qualifications set the international standard for people professionals; helping you gain the confidence to drive your career forward. This entry-level qualification is perfect for people professionals working in, or looking to find, their first role in the people profession, and will provide you with:

A solid grounding in People Practice
The knowledge, skills and behaviours to deliver tasks
The ability to benefit your organisation at an operational level
The confidence to support positive change for your colleagues and organisation

Please check the CIPD website for further information.

Entry Requirements

Enrolment on to the course is subject to an initial interview and an initial assessment using BKSB will be conducted to identify support needs for English and Maths if appropriate with the delivery team.
Ideally applicants will have level 4 or above (Grade C or above) at GCSE.
Applicants should ideally have the support of their employer for mentoring purposes.
In exceptional circumstances, individuals who are not supported by their employer may be offered places on the programme at the discretion of the course delivery manager.

Learning Outcomes

Business, culture and change in context.
Principles of analytics
Core behaviours for people professionals
Essentials of people practice.


The primary purpose of this qualification is to develop learners’ knowledge and skills to build their expertise, inspiring them to undertake tactical tasks that deliver value. Learners will build their confidence and knowledge aimed at being able to contribute to immediate colleagues, customers, and the organisation; supporting change and driving impact, to create immediate and short-term value. They will gather information to use in their role and use this to understand their work, organisation, and profession more deeply. This can then be applied to the world of work as well as being used as a vehicle to start their journey to CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) membership at the appropriate level to complement career and professional development.
This qualification introduces the learner to a wide range of relevant knowledge and expertise in people practice. It is suited to those learners who:
are studying, aspiring to, or embarking on, a career in people practice
are working in a people practice support role and wish to develop their knowledge and deliver immediate and short-term value for their organisation
wish to develop the specialist knowledge, skills and understanding required to be a people professional.


With a CIPD Foundation Certificate in People Practice, you’ll kick-start your career in Human Resource, Learning & Development and Organisational Development with confidence.
By studying four core units in:
Business Culture, Core Behaviours, Analytics, and the Essentials of People Practice, you’ll develop the expertise to support change and make an impact in your organisation.
Moreover, you’ll focus on real-life scenarios, acquiring core knowledge, behaviours and skills derived from the CIPD’s new Profession Map, which is based on the cumulative insights of thousands of experts.
Course assessment: There is a minimum of four summative assessments, aligned with the core units; undertaken via a holistic mix of: Written assignments, presentations, self-reflective journals, simulated activities, group work, and professional case studies.
Estimated home study required: A minimum of 4 hours per week is recommended


Team Leader Apprenticeship Level 3 standard.
CIPD Level 5 – Associate Diploma in People Management (commercial course)
Level 5 HR Consultant Partner Apprenticeship (CIPD L5 qualification included)
BA (Hons) Business Management
Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship

Career Progression

Successful achievement of the CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice will allow progression onto the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management or the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in Organisational Learning and Development


Tuition fees £1950
Textbook required (not provided by City College Norwich) : Introduction to Human Resource Management, A guide to HR in Practice 4th Edition. Charles Leatherbarrow, Janet Fletcher
All students must apply for CIPD student membership and maintain that membership for the duration of the programme. Please apply via the CIPD website for current costs.