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The Intermediate Certificate inHuman Resource Management offers students a completely up-to-date and relevant HR learning experience. It focuses on the managerial thought process and contribution of HR practice to organisational success. This course aims to provide a broader perspective of the organisational issues facing HR professionals, enable the development of effective analytical and problem solving skills, and further your learning to pave the way towards Associate Professional Membership.

Course description

This course is suitable for those who:

  • Seek to develop a career in HR management & development
  • Are working in the field of HR management & development and need to extend their knowledge and skills
  • Have responsibility for implementing HR policies and strategies

The knowledge you take away will help you to understand the role of HR in a wider organisational and environmental context.

Student perspective: "Professional courses at Bournville can be very relevant to people of all ages, even if you don’t have many years of work experience like me. My biggest challenge was juggling a full-time job and parttime study, however it is very rewarding to see your own progress and opportunities which it can bring."

What areas will I study?

The following units comprise the qualification upon successful completion:

  • Business issues and contexts of HR
  • Developing professional practice
  • Using information in HR
  • Resourcing and talent planning
  • Contemporary developments in employment relations
  • Employment law

Business issues and contexts of HR This unit helps learners develop a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by Human Resources (HR) professionals, as described in the CIPD Profession Map. The unit covers the competencies needed by an HR professional in a personal capacity, when collaborating and working with others, and when functioning efficiently and effectively in an organisational context. It enables learners to assess their own strengths and to design a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) plan, based on the capabilities required for professional conduct.

Developing professional practice HR professionals need to understand the business and external contexts within which HR operates. This unit enables learners to identify and review the external contextual factors affecting organisations and to assess the impacts of these factors on business and on the HR function. The unit also examines HR’s role in strategy formulation and implementation. The unit encourages learners to adopt a critical perspective of these contexts and to provide practical HR solutions to address them.

Using information in HR This core unit develops the skills of research and enquiry in order to enable learners to identify appropriate data sources to support an investigation into an area of HR practice. Learners further learn how to analyse and apply this data to evaluate the role of Human Resources in business and strategy formulation and implementation, and to prepare and present a people case for improvement.

Resourcing and talent planning A fundamental part of the Human Resource management role concerns the mobilisation of the workforce and access to the skills needed to drive sustained organisation performance. This involves attracting, retaining and, when the case, managing the departure of staff from the organisation. Achieving this requires insight-driven strategic and operational activity. The unit introduces learners to strategic approaches to becoming an ‘employer of choice’ and to accessing effectively organisational skills. It expands on the key operational tools, techniques and practices that organisations use to resource their organisations effectively. These encompass recruitment, selection, workforce planning, staff retention, succession planning, retirement and dismissal processes.

Contemporary developments in employmentrelations HR professionals need to develop the skills required to make informed and effective judgements about processes and practices of employment relations in local and international jurisdictions. The unit is designed to encourage learners to assess and understand broader developments that influence the effective management of the employment relationship.

Employment law Sometimes, HR professionals need to take responsibility for the defence and settlement of claims lodged with employment tribunals by aggrieved employees or former employees. This unit introduces the major areas of employment legislation and its system, focusing on ways in which day-today HR activities are regulated. The unit provides an overview of employment laws, for those who need to understand and to assess emerging developments in the management of the employment relationship in the workplace.

This Diploma qualification has (44 credits)

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Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
- September 2022, Duration: 1 Academic year £1275.00 Full Cost 1 Academic year -