CIPD Foundation Diploma in
Human Resource Practice Level 3 (Part 1) Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 5

Providing you with the key skills needed to progress in human resources.


Why take this course?

A career in human resources has a high potential to take you places, and these courses are a great way to develop your skills and career prospects.  They are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) - the largest human resources and development professional body in Europe - and will enable you to broaden your knowledge whilst providing an ideal opportunity for supporting continuing professional development.  This qualification is perfect if you want to acquire a wide range of relevant skills in HR and development. 

The CIPD: Foundation Diploma in Human Resource Practice (Level 3) courses are offered in 2 parts to ensure accessibility for self-financing students. It is offered as follows:

Diploma (Part 1) – 16 credits
Diploma (Part 2) – 21 credits

NB: Part 1 must be completed before Part 2

Study Option: Blended Learning (combination of distance learning in partnership with ICS Educate with certain taught components)

What you will experience

You will learn the fundamentals of HR practice and build a firm foundation on which to base a successful career in human resources. To achieve Part 1 of the CIPD Diploma in Human Resource Practice, you need a total of 16 credits from the following units:

  • Developing Yourself as an Effective HR Practitioner (4 credits)
  • Understanding Organisations and the Role of HR (4 credits)
  • Recording, Analysing and Using HR Information (2 credits)
  • Resourcing Talent* (6 credits)

NB * Mandatory attendance at a two-day workshop is required for this unit.

The remaining credits required for the Diploma will be covered in Part 2 of the course. Assessment will take the form of:

  • Personal Development Plans
  • Portfolios
  • Case Studies
  • Skills assignments with written tasks

The start date listed in the ‘Availability’ section refers to the date of course induction. Each cohort that the College offers has an induction evening to get students started. This is when students will receive course materials and provided with information on dates for submission of work. Workshops are offered within the course term, and students will be given advice on these at the booking stage. Should a student miss a workshop, they can pick it up within the next offering, as Workshops are generally made available every four months. 

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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course requires you to manage your workload independently, and will involve attendance at a campus or centre - often for assessment purposes only.

Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites for this foundation Human Resource course at Level 3 (QCF) but you must be proficient in the English language. Knowledge of or experience in human resource support or management would be beneficial. 

What you will need

You must have access to email and the internet to complete this course.

What you need to know

Additional costs

CIPD Membership Fees are due after you commence your course and are not included in the course fee. These fees are payable directly to CIPD. Please note: Students must hold membership of CIPD to receive their Diploma in Human Resource Practice.

CIPD Foundation Diploma in Human Resource Practice (Level 3) totals £1266:

  • Part 1 - 16 credits: £639
  • Part 2 - Additional Units (21 credits): £627

Find out more about CIPD membership fees

Anything else?

Please note that fee waivers may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses.


We are currently accepting applications for the October intake of Part 1. We will be accepting applications for the February 2020 and June 2020 intakes at a later date. To allow for administration and induction, booking will close 2 weeks prior to the course start date (the first working day of the month). 

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course at North East Scotland College: 



This course requires some attendance at College. There are three workshops split between Part 1 and Part 2. Workshops are mandatory and each is 2 days in duration. Each workshop will be held at Aberdeen City Campus.

Induction date Duration Fees Code
3 February 2020 32 Weeks £639.00
Paper applications only
1 June 2020 32 Weeks £639.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.