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Foundation Certificate in People Practice Level 3 CIPD

Enrol Today And Pay No Course Fees Until March 2022!

The world of HR has become much more than a department that is responsible for recruitment and handling employee disputes with a company. Now, it is widely regarded as the People Profession, which covers Human Resources and Learning & Development.

Essentially, it is a sector that is responsible for supporting staff and encouraging them to develop their professional careers. If you have strong people skills and are passionate about providing a platform for individuals to thrive, a role as a people professional could be ideally suited to you.

The Level 3 Foundation Certificate in People Practice is an internationally recognised qualification that is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). This is the world’s only professional body that can award Chartered status to individual professionals working in HR and L&D.

As an approved Study Centre, learndirect provides the CIPD Level 3 Foundation in People Practice course 100% online, enabling learners to study at their own pace and in their own time. This course is ideal for individuals looking to break into the industry and carve out a fulfilling career.

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100% online learning and assessment

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24/7 access to online learning

100% online learning and assessment

Self-paced study

Enrol today from
only £9.99/mo

Study around other commitments

24/7 access to online learning

Throughout the course, you will touch on the essential elements required for entry-level positions in the People Profession. During your studies, you will learn about the importance of company cultures, how to use data to your advantage, and how to form strategies that benefit employees and business goals.

A company is only as strong as its workforce, and by understanding how to communicate well, be empathetic to others, and to accept your own mistakes, you will have a strong knowledge of people practice.

You will also learn how to create a shortlist for desirable job applicants and how external influences can impact the day-to-day running of a business. Upon completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for entry-level roles in HR and L&D, such as an HR Assistant, HR Staffing Coordinator, Entry Level Recruitment Consultant or Entry Level Training Coordinator.

Unit 1: Business, Culture and Change in Context 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand the external influences that impact businesses, including goal setting 
  • Understand how to define workplace culture and how people’s behaviour shapes it 
  • Understand how organisations are whole systems and how your actions affect others 
  • Understand how people learn, adapt and develop in different ways 
  • Understand how people professionals impact people, and best to manage change 


Unit 2: Principles of Analytics 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand how evidence-based practice informs outcomes 
  • Understand how to use data to inform decision making and interpret financial information 
  • Understand the concept of creating value for both customers and stakeholders 
  • Understand the role of analytics and other technology in enhancing working practices 


Unit 3: Core Behaviours for People Professionals 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand how to develop insight into different approaches using ethical principles 
  • Understand ethical values and how to contextualise them within your work 
  • Understand how to rectify issues and contribute opinions in a respectful and inclusive manner 
  • Understand ways to recognise and accept your own mistakes and show empathy to others 
  • Understand how to reflect to consolidate and improve your knowledge, skills and experience 


Unit 4: Essentials of People Practice 

On completion of this unit you will: 

  • Understand effective recruitment of individuals through the assessment of employee lifecycles 
  • Understand different recruitment methods that support your application of skills 
  • Understand ways of preparing material for job roles and how to attract candidates 
  • Understand how to shortlist candidates, hold interviews and the associated follow-up actions 

Understand diversity and inclusion in recruitment, employee relationships, and performance 

There are no entry requirements for this course, though experience working in a HR role is beneficial.  

Once you have enrolled on your CIPD course, you will need to become a CIPD Student Member. learndirect will cover the first 12 months Student Membership with the CIPD.

If you take longer than 12 months to complete your course, you will need to cover the cost of your CIPD Membership after this point.

For information on the cost of memberships with the CIPD, view their website

A range of units make up this qualification, with an assignment at the end of each. You will submit your work to your tutor for marking and tailored feedback. 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the CIPD Level 3 Certificate in People Practice.  

*Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 3 in England and Northern Ireland. Credit and Qualifications Framework (CQFW) Level 3 in Wales. Comparable to Level 5 in Ireland, Level 6 in Scotland, Level 4 European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

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Many of our courses include one or more of the following hands on aspects to enhance the online learning you will receive.

Many of our RQF courses include a placement, these placements are fantastic opportunities for you to secure a work experience placement in a relevant industry and get real on the job experience while you learn. For example many of our Teaching Assistant courses give you an opportunity to approach and work within a local school.

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Further to this some of our courses include practical kits for you to use while you study and even keep after the course! For example many of our Nail Technician courses include an extensive kit included with the course at no additional charge.

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