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.
Apprenticeships can add value at all levels of your business:
- Upskill your staff with industry relevant qualifications.
- Drive an increase in productivity.
- Promote long-term loyalty and reduce staff turnover.
- Reduce the cost of qualifications and training.
- Develop staff with a minimum of interruption to day-to-day operations.
- Offer genuine opportunities for personal development to both full-and part-time staff.
- Scale your business with the help of an increasingly skilled workforce.
Here's what a higher or degree apprenticeship can offer you:
- A combination of on-the-job and academic study which is relevant and applied.
- A continued wage and contract of employment which includes all the same benefits as any employee.
- A higher or degree qualification which is recognised, transferrable and the same level as if achieved through traditional study routes.
- A debt free future with zero tuition fees. (Please note, as apprenticeships are funded by employers, apprentices are not eligible to apply for Student Loans Company loans)
- An opportunity to develop new skills and progress within your industry.
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.
Our vibrant campus brings state-of-the-art facilities to enhance your learning and elevate your student experience. Our award-winning teaching building, The Spark is centred around students and offers a stimulating study environment with flexible learning spaces.
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Meet the team
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.
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 HR professionals, whether in a generalist or specialist role, and as described in the CIPD Profession Map.
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 successfully complete the end point summative assessments; namely a consultative project and a professional discussion.
Successful apprentices will graduate with a:L5 CIPD Intermedia Diploma
How you'll studyYou will learn through a combination of directed learning, collaborative learning and guided learning. You will also make use of the University's online learning platform Solent Online Learning (SOL).
You may be assessed by a combination of:
- End-point assessment
The course is assessed via assignments from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPS)'s question bank. Once all assignments are complete and successfully passed, the apprentice then goes on to complete the End-Point Assessment, which consists of a Consultative Project and Professional Discussion, conducted by an independent assessment organisation.Find out more
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 2022/23 programme cost is not yet available. For guidance, the 2021/22 cost was: £7,000
An apprenticeship levy payer is classed as any UK employer with a PAYE bill in excess of £3m. A 0.5% deduction will be taken from PAYE over this £3m marker directly through the HMRC.
This 0.5% becomes the employers levy fund, which they can use to upskill their existing staff with apprenticeship qualifications or introduce new apprentices to their organisation.Find out more
Non-levy paying businesses and businesses that need to supplement their digital levy account will need to co-invest 5% of the cost of the training. The government will pay the remaining 95%.
Small businesses (<50 employees) will receive 100% of the funding where the apprentice is 16-18 years old or is between 19-24 and has a local authority education, health and care plan (EHC plan).Find out more
Apprentices pay nothing towards their course fees
The course fees will be covered by your employer.
Extra course costs
The 2022/23 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:
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.
While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earn while you learn
As an apprentice you'll earn while working and studying towards your degree.
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 is currently £15. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
To study for an apprenticeship you must be employed by a sponsoring organisation. The specific entry requirements will be agreed with your employer.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship offers a unique blend of work experience and academic study. Candidates on an apprenticeship will work a paid job while simultaneously working towards a relevant qualification in their chosen field.
Apprentices are employees with a contract of employment which offers the same benefits and protections as any other employee. Apprentices will typically work for four days of the week, using the remaining day to attend classes and study.
Higher degree apprenticeships
Solent offers a diverse range of higher and degree apprenticeships, all of which are underpinned with recognised and transferable degree qualifications (BA, BSc, etc).
Higher apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships give employees the opportunity to upskill in their chosen field or retrain for a new career while working.
They offer employers the opportunity to develop their staff - improving productivity, increasing knowledge, and boosting expertise within the workforce.Find out more
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