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About the course

Incorporating the CIPD Intermediate Diploma in HR, this highly practical Level 5 apprenticeship delivers essential knowledge and understanding of human resources and the HR function in a variety of organisations, along with professional best practice to apply your new skills in the workplace.

The HR profession is increasingly demanding professional qualifications for practitioners, and this highly professional course – with membership of the CIPD and one of their highly regarded qualifications – will give your CV real credibility.

During regular study at our Southampton campus, you will meet other HR professionals on the course and develop invaluable networks of professional peers to inform your own work and share best practice.

You will learn how HR can anticipate and respond to business issues from within and outside of the organisation; how the HR function is put together and the options according to sector; how to resource and plan for the retention of talent within the organisation and contribute to improving organisational performance; how to develop policy and comply with legislation; how to use information to make informed decisions and provide solutions for people management.

With the extensive support of tutors who have all been practitioners, you will benefit from their real-world experience and exposure – while specialist units on topics such as employment law will ensure you develop knowledge and skills that are highly relevant to the modern HR environment.


You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
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Further studies

Our HR apprenticeship incorporates the CIPD Diploma rather than the Certificate – helping you achieve a higher level of qualification than many other providers.

What does this course lead to?

Incorporating essential recognition from the CIPD, this highly industry-focused apprenticeship is the perfect way to validate your skills and experience through professional qualification, and develop them further through the latest theory and industry best practice – making it fundamental to your development as a senior HR practitioner. 

Who is this course for?

The Level 5 HR Consultant/Partner apprenticeship is ideal for HR professionals in a key contributing people role in their organisations, who are looking to enhance their career by demonstrating their developing professional practice and adding a recognised and highly valued qualification to their CV.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

Businesses with an annual payroll above £3million will be classed as a levy paying employer and will be able to use funds accrued in their digital apprenticeship service (DAS) account for payment of the training.

Non-levy paying businesses, or those businesses that need to supplement their digital levy account will need to co-invest 5% of the cost of the training with the government to pay the remaining 95%.

The programme cost for 2021/22 is £7,000.

Other costs

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Optional costs

CIPD student membership is covered as part of the course; Apprentices with existing CIPD membership have the option to pay the balance between student rates and their own membership, or lapse to student membership for the duration of the course.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

If you are an employer or a potential apprentice and would like to have an in-depth conversation with us about potential opportunities, please send a message to or call 023 8201 5066.

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What you'll study

Compulsory modules

 Two taught in each semester on Wednesday afternoons.

  • Employee Engagement
    This module is intended to provide learners with a broad understanding of what is meant by employee engagement, including how it can be linked to and yet be distinguished from other related concepts.
  • Resourcing and Talent Planning
    This module introduces the key operational tools, techniques and practices that organisations use to resource effectively. Learn to understand labour market trends and their significance for workforce planning; to undertake talent planning and recruitment activities; to maximise employee retention; and to manage dismissal, redundancy and retirement effectively and lawfully.
  • Business Issues and the Contexts of HR
    This module enables learners to identify and review the business and external contextual factors affecting organisations and to assess the impacts of these factors on the HR function.
  • Managing and coordinating the HR Function
    The purpose of this module is to introduce learners to human resources (HR) activity and to the role of the HR function in organisations in general terms.
  • Developing Professional Practice
    This module is designed to enable the learner to develop a sound understanding of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required by human resources (HR) professionals, whether in a generalist or specialist role, and as described in the CIPD Profession Map.
  • Employment Law
    The purpose of this module is to introduce the major areas of employment legislation and the employment law system, focusing in particular on ways in which day-to-day HR activities are subjected to some form of regulation.
  • Using Information in HR
    This core module 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 and to synthesise and apply this data, to evaluate the role of HR in business and strategy formulation and implementation, and to prepare and present a business case for improvement.
  • Improving Organisational Performance
    This module introduces the learner to how organisations can drive sustained organisation performance by creating a high-performance work organisation (HPWO) and involving line managers in the performance management process.
  • End Point Assessment
    This unit will support in the development of the required level of skills, knowledge and behaviours to enable Apprentices to successful complete the End Point Summative Assessments; namely a Consultative Project and a Professional Discussion.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Celia Walters academic profile Celia Walters Course Leader View profile
Audrey Horton academic profile Audrey Horton Course Leader View profile
James Morris academic profile James Morris Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

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