In addition to knowing what subject you want to study, you need to consider the level, size and mode of study, as well as what you hope to achieve on gaining your qualification. For example, if you are thinking about studying a qualification to become a professional CIPD member then you would at least need to study a Certificate or Diploma-sized qualification at any level. If you were looking to use the qualification to upgrade to be a CIPD Chartered Member or Chartered Fellow, then you need to study an Advanced Diploma qualification. If you want to take a qualification simply to gain a better understanding about a specific area of HR or L&D then an Award qualification may suit you better. Once you know the answers to all that, consider if you would prefer to study full-time face-to-face or online anytime anywhere.

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Level of study


CIPD Advanced level qualifications are the most widely recognised professional qualifications in the field of HR and L&D and are set at postgraduate level (Level 7 QCF).

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Size of qualification


This is the smallest size qualification and 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

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The Diploma qualifications are the largest size qualification 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.

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How and where to study

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