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About the course

You will build essential professional experience through practical assignments and a research-based management report, in which you will investigate a contemporary business issue and propose actionable solutions.

An organisation’s most valuable resource is its people – putting HR at the heart of the business, and opening up exciting and varied career paths. You will have the opportunity to build broad personnel skills as a respected generalist, or focus on a specialism such as learning and development.

Accredited as a Level Seven (Advanced) diploma by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), this essential course delivers the practical skills and theory you need to meet the challenges of today’s complex HR and employment environment.

Developing your professional skills in people management and development to a high level, you will study core subjects such as leadership, employment law and management of change, and equip yourself for membership of the CIPD.

We are an Accredited Centre for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). On successful completion of the postgraduate diploma, you will have gained all the knowledge required for the CIPD’s postgraduate Level 7 Professional Map. You are then eligible to seek Associate Membership of the CIPD.

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A course team who have worked in senior HRM roles across a range of sectors in the UK and overseas, and are actively engaged in related research and enterprise activities.

What does this course lead to?

As your career develops, bolstered by an understanding of how people-management and commercial awareness are mutually inclusive, you’ll be able to make horizontal moves across your organisation and reach the top either as HR director or as a managing director.

The majority of senior HR roles expect candidates to possess both this qualification and full CIPD membership; the postgraduate diploma provides a route towards this, aligning with the CIPD’s postgraduate Level 7 Professional Map and making you eligible for CIPD associate membership.

Who is this course for?

This CIPD-accredited Level 7 (Advanced) diploma is aimed at those currently working in human resources who wish to further develop their professional skills and knowledge.

The course is suitable for those who wish to apply for CIPD membership.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2018/19 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2017/18 fees were:

UK and EU part-time fees: £2,650 per year

International part-time fees: Students from outside the EU are usually unable to obtain a visa for part-time study. Please visit our visas and immigration page for more information.

Other costs

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 student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

The 2018/19 other costs are not yet available. For guidance the 2017/18 costs were:

Optional costs:
CIPD professional body accreditation: £130 (last reviewed July 2016)
Renewal fee: £90 (last reviewed July 2016)

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Key entry requirements

    Either a first degree in any subject, or the CIPD Intermediate Diploma in HRM.

    Experience working in a HR role, or other suitable line management experience, would be desirable.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

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How to apply

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. If you have any questions about applying for this course, please contact the admissions office by emailing admissions@solent.ac.uk.

Applications for 2018 will open soon. For any enquiries, please email admissions.

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What you'll study

Four core units:

Human Resource Management in Context:

This unit helps you broaden your understanding of the internal and external factors that affect organisations, including the constantly evolving business context in which managers, HR professionals and employees interact.

Leading, Managing and Developing People:

On this unit you will critically assess how people are managed and developed in contemporary organisations. You will also research and study evidence on effective approaches to HR, and learning and development practice.

Professional Development 1 – Developing Skills for Business Leadership:

Aimed at developing a stronger awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses as a manager and colleague, this unit focuses on awareness and improvement of key skills for successful management practice and effective leadership: decision-making, managing financial information and budgets, teamwork and interpersonal skills, as well as developing personal effectiveness and credibility at work.

Professional Development 2 – Investigating a Business Issue:

Through a work placement, this unit gives you the opportunity to diagnose and investigate a live, complex business issue from an HR perspective. You will collect and analyse data, derive supportable conclusions and make practical and actionable recommendations for change or enhancements to current practice.

Four optional units, for example:

Organisational Design and Development:

This unit develops your critical understanding of the theory and conceptual framework of organisation design, and of the principles and practices of organisation development. It considers how an organisation’s culture, values and environment support and enhance organisational performance and adaptability.

Leadership and Management Development:

This unit focuses on the development of leadership and management, and their role in facilitating change and growth in individuals, teams and organisations.

Resourcing and Talent Management:

On this unit you look at the role of resourcing and talent management in supporting strategic objectives in national and international contexts. You will also examine the various approaches to resourcing in organisations through recruitment, selection, employee retention and dismissal processes.

Managing Employment Relations:

This unit focuses on building understanding of changing nature of employee relations work in UK organisations. You will explore the employment relationship, conflict and mediation, industrial action and strikes, trade union recognition and negotiation, collective bargaining, whistleblowing and employee engagement and voice.

Employment Law:

You will learn the key principles that underpin UK, Irish and EU employment law, and focus on situations that occur relatively regularly in the workplace. You will explore the purpose behind the laws, the major arguments employers are able to deploy when defending cases, and the potential organisational costs and risks associated with losing them.

Learning and Development:

The unit looks at the strategic and operational integration of development into the organisation. You will explore how personnel development can contribute to the enhanced performance of individuals, teams and organisations, focusing on the wider national context and the notion of talent.

Understanding and Implementing Coaching and Mentoring:

On this unit you will critically analyse how the use of coaching and mentoring can enhance performance for individuals within organisations.

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

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

Audrey Horton academic profile Audrey Horton Course Leader View profile
Gillian Saieva academic profile Gillian Saieva Senior Lecturer View profile
Mary White academic profile Mary White Senior Lecturer View profile
Celia Walters academic profile Celia Walters Senior Lecturer View profile
Christine Fountain academic profile Christine Fountain Principal Lecturer View profile
Geoff Glover academic profile Geoff Glover Lecturer View profile
Polly Hicks academic profile Polly Hicks Associate Lecturer 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.

Facilities

The University provides excelled learning resources and facilities to its students, from campus-wide wireless to extensive library services and dedicated student working spaces with plenty of laptop points.

Students are required to complete a total of 60 credits in each year, comprising two core units and two optional units per year. Each unit is equivalent to 15 credits.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates can include:

  • HR business partner
  • HR manager
  • learning and development manager
  • employee relations manager or advisor
  • HR officer/advisor
  • talent and resources manager
  • private consultancy.

Successful completion of this postgraduate diploma can lead directly into the final year of Solent’s master’s degree in personnel and development, which equips you to operate effectively at a strategic HR level.

Industry links

Southampton Solent University’s Business and Law School has extensive professional links across the region, providing you with case studies, guest speakers from the HR industry and opportunities for research.

Our tutors have wide-ranging industry experience across the business and not-for-profit sectors, which informs teaching and learning throughout the course.

We also invite former students to the University as guest speakers to talk about their study experience and research, providing personal experience and first-hand insight into contemporary HR issues.

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