Level 3 Foundation Qualifications

Level 3 Foundation qualifications are perfect if you want to acquire a wide range of relevant practical skills in Human Resources (HR) and Learning and Development (L&D). Our Level 3 Foundation Certificates and Diplomas also give you a professionally recognised qualification and a professional level of CIPD membership, Associate (Assoc CIPD). You can choose to follow a HR or L&D pathway and you also have the opportunity to study individual Foundation Level Awards to either start or top up your HR and L&D knowledge.

These qualifications are on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) at Level 3 (equivalent to A Level). This is comparable to Level 5 in Ireland, Level 6 in Scotland and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) Level 4.

Who is a CIPD Foundation qualification for?

A CIPD Foundation qualification is suitable for those:
  • wanting to gain the essential knowledge and skills required to move into HR or L&D

  • working in either an HR or L&D support role but do not hold a formal HR or L&D qualification

  • line managers with responsibility for people management and development

  • looking to become a professional member of the CIPD.  

Qualification options

We offer a flexible range of Foundation qualifications that vary in size, content and length. You’ll gain credits for successfully completed units and the total number achieved will equate to an Award, Certificate or Diploma qualification. You can choose to follow either a HR or L&D pathway and have the opportunity to study individual Foundation Level Awards to either start or top up your HR and L&D knowledge.

Awards

We offer two Foundation Awards:

  • CIPD Level 3 Foundation Award in Human Resources Essentials (QCF)

  • CIPD Level 3 Foundation Award in Learning and Development Essentials (QCF)

These are the smallest size Foundation qualifications we offer and can be made up of any one unit or a combination of units totalling between 2-12 credits. This ultimately gives you the opportunity to study bite size topics and gain knowledge from a range of professional areas enabling you to build a practical qualification that suits your specific professional needs.

Certificates

We offer two Foundation Certificates:

  • CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Human Resources Practice (QCF)

  • CIPD Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Learning and Development Practice (QCF)

The Certificate qualifications are larger in size than the Awards and provide a firm introduction and understanding of HR or L&D in a wider business context.

Diplomas

We offer two Foundation Diplomas:

  • CIPD Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Human Resources Practice (QCF)

  • CIPD Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Learning and Development Practice (QCF)

The Diploma qualifications are the largest size qualification at this level and enable you to develop your skills of HR and L&D through undertaking more units and through widening your breadth of HR and L&D knowledge further.

Membership

CIPD Foundation Level Certificate and Diploma qualifications give you a professionally recognised qualification and a professional level of membership, Associate (Assoc CIPD).

 

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