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Prices from: £2,995 (includes VAT)
Length: 12 months (up to 24 months for On Demand)
Assignments: 7 (1 per unit)

Is the CIPD Level 5 right for me?

Are you already working in an HR or L&D operational role and ready to progress? The CIPD Associate Diploma will help you gain a deeper understanding of the professional behaviours leading to organisational success. 

Why choose MOL to study CIPD Level 5?

We help you choose the  best learning option for you. With recommended textbooks included and access to a wide range of high-quality resources; we keep you focused on the route to success. 

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MOL offer a choice of three study modes, inspired by learner feedback, giving you the flexibility to learn your way.


A CIPD Level 5 qualification is widely recognised and highly regarded by HR and L&D professionals. It's perfect for those keen to develop their skills and drive change within their organisation

Hear from our Head of HR qualifications, Emily Allen, as she discusses how this qualification can benefit you and your career and what the course entails.

What will the CIPD Level 5 Associate Diploma in People Management cover?

Core Units

This unit examines the connections between organisational structure and the wider world of work in a business context. It highlights the factors and trends, including the digital environment, that impact on business strategy and workforce planning, recognising the influence of culture, employee well-being and behaviour in delivering change and organisational performance. 

This unit focuses on the impact of effective workforce planning in considering the development of diverse talent pools and how to contract and onboard the workforce. It also includes analysis of the potential cost to the organisation if this is poorly managed and the tools and interventions required to mitigate this risk.

This unit addresses the significance of capturing robust quantitative and qualitative evidence to inform meaningful insight to influence critical thinking. It focuses on analysing evidence through an ethical lens to improve decision-making and how measuring the impact of people practice is essential in creating value.

This unit focuses on how applying core professional behaviours such as ethical practice, courage and inclusivity can build positive working relationships and support employee voice and well-being. It considers how developing and mastering new professional behaviours and practice can impact performance. 

This unit examines the key approaches, practices and tools to manage and enhance the employee relationship to create better working lives and the significant impact this can have on organisational performance. 

This unit focuses on how internal and external business factors influence reward strategies and policies, the financial drivers of the organisation and the impact of reward costs. It considers the importance of the role of people practice in supporting managers to make robust and professional reward judgements and the impact of rewarding performance.

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This unit considers key areas of employment legislation and its legal framework, focusing on how people professionals are obliged to take account of legal requirements in different jurisdictions when carrying out the varied aspects of their role.

This unit introduces well-being and its importance in the workplace. It explores existing links between work, health and well-being, examining how to manage well-being and how it links with other areas of people management practice, and wider organisational strategy.

The unit considers key elements of well-being programmes and the stakeholders involved, examining organisational responsibilities and the outcomes of managing well-being for employees and employers.

This unit focuses on how digital technology can be used to enhance learning and development engagement. It looks at existing and emerging learning technologies, how the use of digital content and curation is designed to maximise interaction and the value of online learning communities.

This unit is designed to give those practitioners working in people management in an international context the opportunity to focus on the complexities and considerations essential to this.

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Why study with MOL?


Our expert tutors are there to support you throughout your studies and your assessments. Our tutors don't just provide advice in the webinars (virtual classroom) and face to face workshops; we make sure you have a dedicated tutor on hand when you need support.

Real Expertise

Our tutors are experts in both industry and education who make sure your learning really takes your understanding to the next level. They provide insight from years of experience, working across multiple sectors in different people management roles.

Access 24/7

We provide outstanding online course materials, accessible 24/7 on your Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You learn at your convenience with a combination of videos, reading and activities, which helps you successfully complete your assessments and gain your qualification.

For more information, or for help and advice, please complete our enquiry form or call one of our friendly Qualification Advisors

Career Path

Careers available after completing your CIPD level 5 studies include: 

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HR Manager
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Talent Manager
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Employee Relations Manager
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People Analyst


Once you have the CIPD L5 qualification, you can aim for a senior level management role, progressing to the CIPD Level 7 qualification and chartered membership.

You'll also be eligible for our Loyalty Reward. Receive £200 off the cost of your next course. 

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Meet our tutors


Keri Brennan

Associate Tutor

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Suzanne Greene

Associate Tutor


Andy Murphy

Associate Tutor


Suzie Henriques

Associate Tutor

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